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Articles by John Carty

Scratchbuilding a Lima-Hamilton Diesel Switcher

Scratchbuilding a Lima-Hamilton Diesel Switcher

John Carty describes the steps to create an HO scale model of a Wabash Lima-Hamilton diesel switcher....
1955 Wabash Piggy-Back Flat

Modeling A 1955 Wabash Piggy-Back Flat

A photo in the Wabash Railroad Historical Society calendar inspired construction of a 1955-era piggy-back flat and trailer....
Kitbash the Belleville Radium Mine

Kitbash the Belleville Radium Mine

Kitbashing an HO scale model of the Radium Mine that was located on the south side of Belleville, Illinois....
Kitbashing Buildings by John Carty

Hiding Common Building Kits in Plain Sight

We have all visited beautiful layouts boasting meticulous track, detailed motive power and rolling stock, hundreds of citizens, large swaths of beautiful trees, and lots of buildings. Somewhere along the line, you start to recognize some of the structures as kits everyone has purchase...
Gateway Division Paper Diorama Contest Carty

Gateway Division Paper Diorama Contest Results

The first annual Gateway Division Paper Diorama Contest concluded at the January 21, 2014 division meeting. Tom Trotter, Tim Stout, and John Carty describe the construction of their contest winning models....
Building a Chlorine Car

Building a Chlorine Car

I am a sucker for “interesting” motive power and rolling stock. Here's how I scratchbuilt an HO scale model of a chlorine railroad car....
Building a Mobile Substation for the Day Lines

Building a Mobile Substation for the Day Lines

A mobile substation car provides power to the overhead traction wire in order to keep trains running while line crews conducted repairs to a substation or other power source. Since I model the East St. Louis & Suburban Railway System in HO scale, such a car provides a unique piece of ...
Lincoln Theater in Belleville

Putting on the Rex – Building A Model Movie Theatre

Everyone seems to enjoy dinner and a movie, and every town during the golden age of cinema boasted at least one movie theater even if it was just a Nickelodeon. This theater and restaurant were built using Uncle Al’s Grocery sold by Model Power as a starting point. This is an easy kit...
John Carty Traction Line Truck

Building a Line Truck

Maintenance of way equipment keeps the trains running. Railroads built most such equipment by repurposing or building in their own shops. Find out how to kitbash an interesting item commonly used by streetcar lines from the teens through the fifties using a Highway Miniatures 1922 Pac...
Building a Drive-In Restaurant

Building a Drive-In Restaurant

The Dodo Burger served Belleville for many years. This article details how to easily transform the Model Power Hot Dog Stand into a version of an American icon....
Finishing Model Automobiles With Sharpies

Tricks for Tracks – Finishing Model Automobiles

When finishing a model automobile, Sharpies provide a translucent semi-gloss finish which nicely mimics the enamel paint used on prototype vehicles. When applied to paper used for awnings on buildings, Sharpies provide a flat water resistant color....
UTL 14387 Tank Car at the Museum of Transportation

Freight Car Placement in a Train

Railroads take great pains to ensure shipments arrive at their destination intact, especially hazardous materials. Find out how to replicate these efforts on your model railroad, as well as the forces acting on trains....