I am trying something different with this posting.  It seems that the majority of the viewers like viewing pictures of completed models rather than construction articles showing the bits and pieces going together.  Oh yes, I am not abandoning the previous emphasis on technique.


My first serious attempt at an all styrene freight car in P48.  This model dates back to 1973.  The Model Railroader magazine published my construction article on the building the model.  The prototype was a 50-ton covered hopper buit by Greenville Car for the Erie.  In 1973, finding quality detail parts were hard to come by.  Fortunately Bill Clouser created the Ajax handbrake set and AAR couplers to apply to models.  The air hoses and AB brake equipment were available from the Back Shop.  P48 trucks could be found from only one source.

The very first issue of the Narrow Gauge and Shortline  Gazette feature my construction article on building this Quincy & Torch Lake gondola.  This is narrow gauge and was built from basswood with Cerro Bend castings that I patterned, molded and cast using Bob Brown’s centrifugal casting machine.  The is done over a period of six weeks while still going to work every day.

In 1971 I built this depot from wood and made working styrene windows and Cerro Bend castings for parts like the bench and the old Regulator wall clock.. I entered it in the 1972 NMRA National Convention and won first prize in the structures catagory.

The depot model was based on an old Model Railroader article. In those days, it was the go-to periodical for great modeling material.  I had amassed a decent collect of old MRs dating back to the 1940s.

The vinegar tank car shown above and below was built from an old Model Railroader magazine as part of their “Dollar Car” series.  Hard to imagine building any car for one dollar today.

The model is made of mostly styrene with a wood tank.  Today I would use styrene for the whole project and skip the wood.

Yet another model build inspired by Model Railroader magazine.  This snow plow was built following an article by Paul Larson.  He wrote a number of interesting article during his tenure at Kalmbach and subsequently his brief time writing for Railroad Model Craftsman.

The model featuers a brass plow shaped and soldered together.  The basic frame was made from styrene with wood used for the interior deck and sides.  It was one of favorite models.

Here is a shot taken of the underframe ready for the plow and gondola body.

A while ago I acquired a Milwaukee Road diagram book which had a diagram of the prototype plow.


I built this ballast spreader based upon an old drawing from the Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Railroad.  I built the model from wood and some custom Cerro Bend castings.  It was written up in the Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette.


The John Deere store shown below was built from styrene completely.  The late Chuck Yungkurth collected information and created a drawing and took many photos of the prototype in upstate New York.  The construction of this model appeared in the Gazette along with the Yungkurth drawing.


The Jack’s Cabin water tank was a fun project built in the late 1960s using wood and a plan done by Cliff Grandt.  I had found one photo of the prototype tank.


I built this bucket loader coal station based on a Paul Larson article in the Model Railroader magazine.  The prototype structure was located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on the Milwaukee Road.  Scale basswood lumber was the principal material used in the build.  The two figures were once sold by the late Gordon Canon and were cast in Cerro Bend alloy.


After seeing a Tom Yorke plaster kit for a very similiar building, I decided to make my own version using styrene and embossed brick material.  It was fun to take a shot at trying a brick building.

Thank you for enduring my trip through memory lane.






25 thoughts on “MODELING GALLERY

  1. gene: re the erie CH, kalmbach index doesn’t show this at all inder your name or the year 1973, could you provide the issue date and year? thanks mel perry

    • Gene,

      I’ve been enjoying your work online for a while. Thanks for this trip down memory lane, not just for yourself, but for the hobby. When I was in junior high in the late ’80’s, I came into a collection of old MR and RMC’s dating back to the ’40’s. I poured over those magazines for some time, and I remember being impressed by the same who’s who of modelling you listed above. Those early impressions stuck and here I am contemplating those same inspirations for a return to modeling. Thanks for the reminders. There’s a generation of exceptional modelers and technique that has almost been forgotten it would seem. We could do with a new generation of the likes of Paul Larson, Chuck Yungkurth, Cliff Grandt, Jack Work, Ben King and company. Speaking of Ben King, your model looks to be a rendition of his Timber City Depot. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.

      -Jeff Ford

      • Jeff
        There were a number of talented contributors in the older Model Railroader magazine. I admired Alan Armitage, Jack Work, Bill Clouser & Gibson Kennedy to name a few. Paul Larson was a major influence when I was learning how to build models from scratch.
        Bob Brown’s Fine Lines and Narrow Gauge and Shortline magazines were fortunate to have the likes of Bill Coffee, Cliff Grandt, Gordon Cannon, Bob Poli, Lane Stewart and many others.

        Yes, my depot was based upon Ben King’s article in MR.


  2. Gene

    Great stuff. I also built a bucket coal loading facility from Soo Line plans which we still have on our layout. Back in the HO days I built several 2 pocket McHenry 50T coaling stations as well.

    Great stuff.

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  3. You might consider doing both at different times if it’s not too much of a hassle. I love looking at the completed models, but seeing the construction techniques is even more important to me.


  4. Nice to see all of those projects – many are familiar from the articles you mention, especially the On3 Q&TL ore car, and I have a fleet of similar ones today, though not to that standard! Also the ballast spreader and coal loader are classics.

  5. Absolutely beautiful models Gene. I knew you were the master of styrene but you are pretty darn good with basswood too!
    Lee Turner

  6. Nice work for sure…. With regard to the finished vs. under-construction photos; I like both. However, I would give a slight edge to the under construction photos and steps / materials / process etc.


  7. A beautiful collection of models that I have admired in the past and lured me into the P48 world. Keep up with the construction model blogs as they form part of the encyclopedia of fine modelling techniques.

  8. Gene it is an impressive collection of models you have built and articles that you have written. Your willingness to share is most appreciated.

  9. Gene—
    Many thanks for sharing your exquisite work. I remember in particular the very fine Erie covered hopper. That car, and the article describing its construction in MR, was at least partly responsible for getting a couple of Indiana guys (the late Steve Osipowich, and myself), into 1/4AAR (as P:48 was then known) in 1976.

    Thanks again!

  10. This is by far the most fascinating post that I have ever seen you do Gene.

    I have the whole history of the gazettes but have not made time to look at the early history and have long been fascinated to know what you were doing there.

    Your modelling has not developed by degrees, it has always been exemplary. Impeccable, all the way and everyday.

    John Droste


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