| tomikawaTT wrote:|
Dig up the ore, cut down a tree, buy a bag of plastic pellets...
Bah. If you're not synthesizing styrene on your kitchen table, you're not a model builder. :) :)
(Don't tell ME your kitchen table doesn't have a fume hood.)
I would suggest to the OP that he look up articles by Carl Traub and Mel Thornburgh, definitely, and look in very old magazines. 1950s aren't old enough. They're mostly kits and RTR, where locos are concerned, though you do see some SB steam. I mean go back to the 1930s, when you could pretty much count on every issue of THE MODEL CRAFTSMAN as having a scratchbuilt loco in it. You can also find truly maddening things like a writeup about a tour of the Baldwin Loco Works. Sigh...I need a time machine.
An interesting diversion is to look up "kitchen table locos", or look at Eric La Nal's 1930s HO articles, where you'll find descriptions of building locos from wood and cardboard. Eric La Nal even had a writeup about making passenger car trucks from manila folder stock, laminated. It apparently worked.
Bud Sima published an article on building a 2-8-0 on a Bowser chassis this way, as recently in 1972. I've tried it myself, in fact, scratchbuilding a wood and card superstructure on the chassis of a Model Power Fatboy (sold by IHC at the time) to make something like a typical Baldwin narrow-gauge 2-4-0 scaled up to standard gauge. It did look better than the Fatboy, and I still have the tender with its hand-split wood load (there's your tree-cutting; twigs really) but I think I'd rather use something more durable than that, when I get back into scratchbuilding locos.
But still, the articles are good reading, and might be an inspiration for using whatever materials you happen to be good at, rather than what is declared to be proper. When it's painted, it's covered, right?
There's a book called HOW TO BUILD MODEL RAILROADS AND EQUIPMENT, by Barton K. Davis, which covers the scratchbuilding in brass of a SP 4-6-0, several freight cars, several passenger cars, and a FM cab unit, with scads of info.
Here are some other resources I have found:
http://erojr.home.cern.ch/erojr/content/hobby.htm <- Particularly good. Janos Ero makes a detailed writeup for the whole process, and since he builds 2 copies every time, he sometimes has a chance to retry with different methods, which can be very instructive.