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From the origins of favorite playthings to their associations with events and activities, the study of a nation's toys reveals the hopes, goals, values, and priorities of its people. Toys have influenced the science, art, and religion of the United States, and have contributed to the development of business, politics, and medicine. Toys and American Culture: An Encyclopedia documents America's shifting cultural values as they are embedded within and transmitted by the nation's favorite playthings. Alphabetically arranged entries trace developments in toy making and toy marketing across the evolving landscape of 20th-century America. In addition to discussing the history of America's most influential toys, the book contains specific entries on the individuals, organizations, companies, and publications that gave shape to America's culture of play from 1900 to 2000. Toys from the two decades that frame the 20th century are also included, as bridges to the fascinating past—and the inspiring future—of American toys.
Why do we build model railroads? The answer is to capture some piece of the essence of railroading. The design of a model railroad should be relentlessly focused on this goal. The number of trains, the amount of track, the volume of scenery, the quantity of buildings is not the important design metric – the only thing that is important is that you have enough of each to fulfill the goal of re-creating some part of the railroad experience. Above all, a satisfying model railroad design should meet your building or operating desires and conform to your resources of time, space, money, and skills. Inside this book you will discover a fresh perspective on the process of model railroad design. There are seven complete layouts where the philosophy of minimalist model railroading is discussed in great detail along with numerous other design ideas which can be applied to creating your next model railroad.
A compilation of ideas and commentary from the dean of custom layout designers. This notable designer has contributed to Model Railroader Magazine since the 1950s. This exciting book features easy-to-follow layout designs for sophisticated layouts. Ideal for intermediate and advanced model railroaders. 8.25" x 10.75"; 96 pages; 75 photos; softcover.
This book features 14 track plans in several scales and fit spaces from 8'x10' to a 20'x20' G Scale garage layout. Based on such interesting prototype lines as Maine?s Bangor & Aroostook, Western Maryland ? Thomas Subdivision, C&O ? Miami Subdivision, Canadian Pacific/SOO ? Minot Subdivision, Southern Pacific ? Yuma Subdivision, Utah Railway, and Alaska/British Columbia?s White Pass & Yukon.
There are no track plans in this book! The name is from the book's website - where all the railroading tips come from.The book is just a collection of tips. That's why the book is not the most expensive read in the world.So you'll either love it, or hate it. If you want some fantastic time saving and money saving tips, they are all here. If you want pretty pictures and good grammar, don't buy this book.It doesn't matter how little space you have, you'll get the most from your rail track with this book. There is page after page of modelling tips, collected over the years from fellow modellers. Together they will save you a fortune - in fact just one tip will save you the price of this book.All the tips have been collected from modelrailwaylayoutsplans.com. The tips are on everything from making scenery, layouts, engines, electrics - in fact every aspect of model railroading is mentioned.Don't just take my word for it though - here's what others say about the book:“I cant begin to tell you how much I enjoy your messages and all the info. Please keep up the good work. You have a new and very loyal fan.”Clay“Alastair, love the stuff you send, thank you.”Glenn“Boy! you are really prolific with the modeling info. Nice job and thank you.”Roy“Neat idea! Thanks for the plans.”Roger“I really enjoy the tid-bits you are sending us”Thom“Hi Alastair, Thanks for all the good ideas that you have been sending.”Doren“Hi Al, thanks for all the info you have been sending of late”David“Thanks for all the modelling tips. I especially enjoy the photos of well done layouts. Your time and effort is appreciated very much. ”Paul“Hi Alastair, Thanks again for all the wonderful tips and Info”Herman“I’ve been receiving all your emails. Thanks. They are great and have very interesting links.”Mike“Thanks for the latest tips. Appreciate them.”JD“Al, Thank you from a beginner”Frank“Wonderful tips Al, thanks for them and the beautiful; train pictures.”Reg“I enjoyed that read, thank you for sending it. :-) ”Glenn“I just want to thank you for the e-mails that you’ve sent me concerning trains”Mike“Cool tips!”Paul“Hi Al ….. I really enjoy your emails and articles.”Bob“Thank you!!! These are some nice layouts I look forward to attempting them in ‘O’ gauge…”Simba“Al, thanks so much! The layouts are very cool.”Jim“Hi Alastair, the tips are appreciated, thank you. ”Roy“Thanks for the great tips”Walter“Thanks again Al for the tips. Like them I did and do”Donald“I just wanted to thank you for your efforts on this endeavor. I do enjoy reading these offerings.”William“First let me say thanks for all the information you send and for those incredible layouts.”Sam“Nice pictures Al, thanks for posting them to me.”Rogerk“I do enjoy your emails, the suggestions, the working layouts etc.”Mike“Much to my Mrs.’ consternation you’ve got me getting excited about creating a model train layout again.”William“thanks for the tips Al. very helpfull. Please keep sending them”Roger“GREAT STUFF…… THANK YOU”Robert“Hi Al, your tips are right on time. Thanks so much.”Peter“Thanks … some good tips in there.”Skip“Appreciating and enjoying your information. Cheers!”Ron“Thanks for all your E.mails very good reading.”“Thanks. Good Ideas.”Werner“The layouts were great, thanks.”Peter“Thanks again Al, more great tips are really helpful.”Bill“Just wanted to let you know we really enjoy your emails. My husband & I are working on an O guage layout.”Loretta.“VERY COOL…………….GREAT WORK”Paul“Great shots, I enjoy your emails.”Dave“I find these very refreshing and informative on a subject that always interested me – and now comes to my front door. [ computer screen.]”Herman“Thanks for the tips! ” Dan“hi,many tnx 4 ur PDF. The scenery tips were great – will use on g/sons layout i,m building. regards, robin hall.” Robin
This book shows you how easy it can be to add backdrops to your layouts by explaining why you need one, how to build and paint one, how to add clouds, how to blend with layout scenery, and more. Other techniques such as using photos and commercial backdrops are also included.
Shows how to construct an 11 x 16-foot HO scale replica of the famous Pennsylvania Railroad Middle Division. Includes easy-to-follow plans for benchwork, wiring, and track.
Surveys Lionel's prewar accessory production with values listings, photographs, and product descriptions. The most complete record available of Lionel's innovative accessory line.
This is a 72 page guide to 101 Model Railroading Track Plans from Kalmbach Books. Every one of the 101 track plans in this book is an adventure in modelrailroad design. A complete miniature world with a theme, purpose, andatmosphere. The plans range in size from tiny layouts that would fit on a cardtable to a huge estate-size railroad designed for a specifically builtbuilding. The author also explains how to convert the plans for use in thevarious model railroad scales, how to build a layout from a plan, and how tochoose the plan best suited to your space and personality. Plans are includedfor N, HO, S and O scale railroads.FEATURES: Glossy softcover 72 page book. Includes techniques helpful for the beginner as well as the advanced rail modeler. Includes incredibly detailed scale drawings for each layout. Each plan is built around a railroad theme with an atmosphere of real, or sometimes imaginary countryside that can be used on any model railroad. The plans, arranged by size, are presented in simple steps to help you: -Choose the best plan -Modify it if desired -Build the railroad of your dreams!INCLUDES: One 72 page 101 Model Railroading Track Plans BookSPECS: Pages: 72 Width: 8-1/4" (209mm) Height: 10-3/4" (289mm)COMMENTS: This book is from the publishers of Model Railroader Magazine, and many of these plans have never before appeared elsewhere.KalmbachPart KAL12012
Have you ever wondered what it takes to put together a modular railroad display? This book will guide you through the basics of modules from design to construction to transportation to set up. Learn about what goes into a well functioning display and how you can build a module for yourself. There are also 30 module track plans along with 50 different design themes for your next module project in N, HO, or O scale. Plus, follow along step by step with the construction of a 2’ x 4’ HO scale module. With plenty of photos and diagrams, this book offers lots of inspiration for your next module.
Featuring plans from Model Railroader magazine from three decades, each of the 101 track plans has a newly written, informational description of the design. The track plans range in size from simple 4 x 8 foot and smaller layouts to room- and garage-sized showpieces, with the majority focusing on mid-size layouts.