Rebuilding a Layout from A to Z
Graphics: 300 color photos
Author: Pelle K. Søeborg
Follow Pelle Søeborg as he completely rebuilds his Daneville model railroad. He takes all the lessons learned from his first layout and applies them to this project. Using the latest materials and technology, modelers will learn valuable new techniques for benchwork, scenery, structures, and more from this popular expert.
Pelle Søeborg amazed the model railroad community years ago with his Daneville and Donner River layout. It featured incredibly authentic Mojave desert scenery, painted trackwork, impressively weathered rolling stock, and detailed lineside detail. A typical model railroader, he finished it and then decided he could do better. Out came the wrecking tools and ‘hurricane Søeborg’ destroyed his model as surely as a hurricane in 1935 wiped out the Florida East Coast Railroad
line down the Keys. Fortunately, Mr. Søeborg did not give up on his railroad. He rebuilt it and documented each step for us.
Reading through this book I found new ways of doing tried and true techniques and procedures. It also acquainted me with new products and materials. I am particularly intrigued by Mr. Søeborg’s way of making the huge photo backdrops. Another idea I haven’t run across before is his use of automotive sound deadening material under the track. Mr. Søeborg inspires me with the care he puts into his detail. He masked and painted all of the roadway markings!
Those are but a few ideas demonstrated in this book of clever ideas and excellent execution. While most methods have been around since the days of tin plate, the author updates them to modern methods. With great care and detail he writes clearly in an organized manner befitting a graphic designer – his day job!
Content Rebuilding a Layout from A to Z
is a soft cover book of smooth quality paper. You are introduced to the subjects through 104 pages in 23 chapters and subsections. These are:
Streets and highways
Ballast & ground cover
Asphalt transfer terminal
Best Deal Auto
Laser kit homes
List of materials
About the author
Each effect and technique is described in detail. Most narratives are easy to follow, even the procedures that use electronics. The authors do a good job of guiding you through their procedure.
The book is well illustrated with color photographs, color artwork, and line art. Each chapter starts with a subject header photo of the complete scene, followed by in-progress pictures. This greatly inspires me to try the effect as well as supports the text.
Conclusion Rebuilding a Layout from A to Z
is full of great ideas. It is well written. I appreciate the how-to
steps and documentation. The illustrations and photographic support is excellent.
This is a great resource for inspiring and instructing modelers of all genres in starting or renovating layouts and dioramas. I happily recommend this book.
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