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December 2011 Volume 80, Number 7


Departments 5 Safety Valve


Letters from our readers


8 Dispatchers Report Product and industry news


28 Railbooks Book news and reviews


38 RMC Timetable Scheduled events and notices


90 Test Track Product reviews


104 Collector Consist Simpson-Sears mail-order HO 1957-1984 —Keith Wills


106 Editors Notebook Commentary—William C. Schaumburg


110 Classified Advertising Commercial listings


110 Exchange Place Non-commercial listings


111 Dealer Directory Recommended hobby dealers


113 Advertising Index Special features


44 Perspective: When life imitates art by Karl Zimmermann When SMS Rail Lines began handling switching chores in an industrial park in 1994, they chose to operate with a pair of first- generation Baldwin diesel switchers. As the railroad’s success has grown, so, too, has its roster of long-out-of-production Baldwin diesels.


54 Mary Cay’s Christmas gondola by Wayne Wesolowski Built as a planter, this decorative, scratchbuilt, six-foot gondola is strung with lights and filled with gifts during the holiday season.


Modeling


46 The Scenery Clinic: Pt. XVIII: An industrial district by Paul Scoles with Walt Appel


Join us this month as we start a new project and the authors share some tips and techniques for modeling an industrial scene.


49 How to scratchbuild a handcar shed by Tracy McKibben Based on plans used by the Duluth, Missabe & Northern Railway, this project is a great choice for someone looking to scratchbuild their first structure.


56 Modeling the B&O’s St. George float bridge by Tom Griffiths Based on a prototype in Staten Island, this HO scale float bridge is designed to mate with the car float featured in last month’s RMC.


68 Building easy sub-roadbed by Richard Todd This method uses one-inch strips of hardboard laminated together to form spline roadbed.


73 RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Kitbashing a modern Trinity aluminum covered hopper by Eric Miller A combination of parts from an Atlas covered hopper and a Walthers coal hopper resulted in this interesting HO scale model. 77 Modeling a PRR camp car by Chip Syme


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www.rrmodelcraftsman.com


Starting with a Branchline Pullman sleeper kit, the author explains how he modeled a Pennsy bunk car ready for work train service.


80 Scratchbuilder’s Corner: Something for nothing by Bob Walker The author reflects on his years of collecting spare parts, and the uses he’s found for them.


Prototype


82 The pickle industry and railroading by David Leider Chicago was once the center of the pickle industry and railroads played an important role as the business grew.


Cover


The fog is just beginning to burn off in this scene showing Paul Scoles’ latest project for The Scenery Clinic, an HO scale urban-themed diorama. With the encouragement of his friend and modeling buddy, Walt Appel, Paul has set this diorama in Walt’s old stomping grounds, the industrial area of northern New Jersey. Photograph by Paul Scoles.


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