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John Carty’s Kitbashed and Scratchbuilt Roesch Enamel Range Factory

John Carty’s Kitbashed Roesch Enamel Range Factory

John Carty’s kitbashed Roesch Enamel Range factory won second place in the Online Structures category at the 2016 Gateway Division NMRA model contest and had an NMRA merit judged score of 105. John scratchbuilds intricate interiors using standard wood and plastic stock....
Woodland Scenics Frank's IGA Grocery HO Scale Store

Woodland Scenics Frank’s IGA Grocery HO Scale Store

Small, family-owned IGA grocery stores are a part of small town main streets across the United States. Woodland Scenics has perfectly captured this type of store with their J. Frank's IGA grocery model....
Winstanley Powerhouse HO Scale Model

John Carty’s Scratchbuilt HO Scale Winstanley Powerhouse

John Carty's scratchbuilt Winstanley Powerhouse won first place in the Online Structures category at the 2015 Gateway Division NMRA model contest....
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...
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...
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....
With an engine to test for

Build A Small Engine House Using Containers

Using containers for the sides of a small engine house may seem a little off key, but the prototype of such a facility can be found in the yard at the R.J. Corman headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. When friend and resident of Lexington, Allan Silverberg, sent me the photographs, I k...
Spring 2012 RPO, Vol 20, No 1

The Spring 2012 Issue of The RPO is Now Available Online

The Spring 2012 quarterly members newsletter of the Gateway Division NMRA, the RPO, is now available online in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format....
Buildings and Structures on the Gateway Central XV Switching Railroad

Buildings and Structures on the Gateway Central XV Switching Railroad

The layout was designed with low height structures in the front corners (and no structures in the front middle) to easily see and reach the tracks, cars and turnouts. Larger background structures were placed at the rear (with the tallest in the middle). Two of the buildings (the back ...
Structure Kitbashing Contest 2009

Structure Kitbashing Contest 2009

Members who attended the May 2009 monthly Division meeting received a DPM building kit and some extra wall components. Many of them brought their completed kitbashed models for a "show and tell" presentation at the September 2009 meeting. Members voted for their favorites and prizes w...
Building City Streets Using Walthers Cornerstone Street Systems

Building City Streets Using Walthers Cornerstone Street Systems

Techniques for modeling concrete, brick and asphalt streets, and concrete grade crossings, on your model railroad layout with the Walthers Cornerstone street system....
Winter 2006 RPO, Vol 13, No 4

The Winter 2006 Issue of The RPO is Now Available Online

The Winter 2006 quarterly members newsletter of the Gateway Division NMRA, the RPO, is now available online in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format....