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Building Structures for Your Garden Railway

Building Structures for Your Garden Railway

Jack Verducci

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Structures for garden railways are just like structures for other model railroads except they must survive outdoor elements. Building Structures for Your Garden Railway is the first comprehensive guide to creating structures that work in an outdoor setting. This book covers researching, planning and drawing, selecting tools and materials, and construction. It covers everything from bases to roofs including walls, windows, doors, lighting, and painting. Using the instruction of noted expert Jack Verducci, readers will be well on their way to creating the detailed garden railway they’ve imagined.

Covers everything from bases to roofs including walls, windows, doors, lighting, and painting

Includes plans and illustrations for a number of buildings

Special sections on townscaping (landscaping with model structures) and nightscaping (lighting structures and scenes)


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Author: Jack Verducci
Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 96 pages; 220 color photos; ISBN: 9780890247198


Jack Verducci has always had an interest in models and miniatures. He built his first layout (HO scale) with his brother as a Boy Scout project and discovered large-scale trains during his time in the Navy. In 1988, he built the initial version of his Crystal Springs Railroad, and a few years later, Jack began building garden railroads professionally. Since that time, he has built nearly 75 garden railroads in many areas of the country. He has earned the NMRA's title of Master Model Railroader based on his garden-railroad accomplishments. Jack is a regular contributor to Garden Railways magazine. His Garden Railway Design & Construction column has appeared regularly in the magazine since December 1996. Jack lives in the San Francisco Bay area in California with his wife, Pauline. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing his boat with Pauline, his two sons, and their families.
Introduction 4
Chapter 1. Plastic cement, glues and adhesives 6
Chapter 2. Tools 13
Chapter 3. Kits 21
Chapter 4. Scratchbuilding 26
Chapter 5. Basic wood construction 31
Chapter 6. Advanced wood construction 37
Chapter 7. Doors, windows, and trim 46
Chapter 8. Plastic fabrication 51
Chapter 9. Building with Styrofoam and Precision Board 60
Chapter 10. Magic Sculp epoxy putty 66
Chapter 11. Casting resin parts for your buildings 69
Chapter 12. Textured walls and roofs 77
Chapter 13. Painting for protection and finish 84
Chapter 14. Landscaping with model structures 90
Chapter 15. Lighting 96
Gallery. Detailing the Crystal Club Bar
Animating a steam-operated sawmill
Detailing Brown's Machine Shop
Some people choose garden gnomes for decorations, but others prefer something a bit more historic. "Building Structures for Your Garden Railway" is a guide for customizing the mini railway you place in your garden with a railway and structures for a bit more realism and sampling for it. With ideas and advice for making these structures look as realistic as possible with plenty of effects and details, "Building Structures for Your Garden Railway" is a top pick for anyone who wants to make their garden a model of history.
-The Midwest Book Review

Creating an attractive, realistic-looking garden railway involves much more than modeling the trains and tracks themselves. Selecting and building structures that work in an outdoors setting is also fundamental. This book promises to help garden railroaders accomplish their goal. It is the first comprehensive guide to creating structures that work in an outdoor setting. Noted expert Jack Verducci gives how-to help and seasoned advice about building structures that will stand up to the elements.
-NMRA Magazine
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