MAY 2017: Travel the rails of Mike Porter’s HO scale Chicago Great Western layout, check out Lance Mindheim’s weathering of a Los Angeles Junction CF7, learn an “old school” scenery lesson as Joseph Kreiss creates realistic ground cover from sawdust, see James Kincaid’s in-depth look at the GSI 45-foot pulpwood flat, and much more in the May issue of Railroad Model Craftsman!

This Month

May 2017

Vol. 86/No. 5


Weathering a Los Angeles Junction CF7

by Lance Mindheim — Setting a strategy and prioritizing your techniques.

Chicago Great Western

by Mike Porter — A visit to a prototype railroader’s dream layout built with the help of friends.

“Old School” Scenery

by Joseph Kreiss — Make good-looking ground cover from sawdust.

GSI Pulpwood Flatcar

by James Kinkaid — Historical study and drawings of these interesting cars.



Editors Notebook – Commentary by Stephen M. Priest

Postmarks – Letters from our readers

Receiving Yard – Product and industry news

Railbooks – Book news and reviews

Craftsman Timetable – Scheduled events and notices

Perspectives/Mark Juett

Look Both Ways/Commentary by Bill Navigato and Mike Schafer

Test Track – Product reviews by Tony Cook

Scratchbuilder’s Corner/Bob Walker

RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award/Mont Switzer

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