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Constructing Buildings for Model Railways (Hardback)

Military > Modelling Transport > Railway Modelling Transport > Trains & Railways

By David Ashwood
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Series: Train Craft
Pages: 104
ISBN: 9781399094924
Published: 7th July 2023


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At some time during ownership, a train set crosses an arbitrary threshold and becomes a model railway. The aspiring modeller then has the challenge of filling in all the gaps. Whether the line runs through the countryside, a village or town, some type of infrastructure is needed to represent the station, home, or factory. This can be a challenge to the modeller as a wide variety of offerings at differing price points and detail levels exists. This book progresses through planning and thought processes, aiming to demonstrate pictorially several different build types. From the simple paper kit to mighty scratch-built edifices, each is broken down to show how the build is undertaken. The volume also follows some of the rebuilding process undertaken by the Market Deeping Model Railway Club as layouts were repaired, enhanced, or replaced following their annual show being vandalised on the night before public opening in May 2019. As the news of this sad event broke, it went worldwide through the modelling community and public in general. The images of layouts broken to matchwood showed the many years of skilled building and devoted operation which were lost. This gave the opportunity for experienced club members to build a mini movie set, construct a major London terminus and patch repair what could be saved from damaged originals. The photographic capture of these projects has been used within this book alongside the detailed work of other modellers, clubs, and societies.

"A really stimulating book on the subject of constructing model railway buildings. It’s a topic that has been covered in detail elsewhere but this book does it to a very high standard. That buying the book makes a contribution to charity is a bonus."

Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicles Association

"A helpful guide..."

The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum - Autumn 2023, Issue 185

"A recommended book..."

Tramfare - Tramway and Light Railway Society - Issue 335, November - December 2023

"A helpful guide to the intricacies and problems of making model railway buildings...Profits from his book go to help the charity set up after the Market Deeping MRC had their exhibition cruelly trashed by vandals. So buying this book you help a good cause encouraging others to try this excellent hobby."

York Model Engineers Newsletter - September 2023

About David Ashwood

David Ashwood first visited a model railway show at the Central Hall Westminster in 1974 and has been through many iterations of layout type and scale through the years. At one time being a part time die cast and kits trader at model shows and exhibitions. He is now an active member of the Market Deeping Model Railway Club and Gauge O Guild. He is enjoying a personal model railway renaissance.

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