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Help on O Guage (not HO) Scenery

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Help on O Guage (not HO) Scenery
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 19, 2001 1:32 PM
I need some help in finding a book on scenery for O Guage layouts. Classic Toy Trains in 1997 published two articles by Paul Frary on scenery tip for O guage, at least those two article focused on his work on O guage.

I have ordered two books, "Basic Scenery for Model Railroaders" and Paul Frary's latest and both are all HO related. While the tips may be useable for HO and O, I would like to find a book that addresses scenery for a large O scale layout with pictures etc. May be a longshot,but there must be something geared just for O guage.

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Posted by snowey on Monday, November 19, 2001 3:51 PM
sorry, I don't know of any. Maybe you can try e-bay, or maybe a train show in your area. Atlas has a great forum, at WWW.ATLASRR.COM You alsso might try asking on there. GOOD LUCK!
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Posted by Algonquin on Monday, November 19, 2001 5:47 PM
Hi Richard,

I model in O gauge. I have several books specifically dealing with O gauge scenery. The first is Dave Frary,s book titled "Realistic Scenery for Toy Train Layouts". The second by Joe Lesser and Pete Youngblood titled "Realistic Railroading with Toy Trains" and a third by Art Curren titled "Realistic Plastic Structures for Toy Train Layouts.

All three of the above books are available from Kalmbach and you should be able to find them at most hobby shops are are probably available here on this site. You might try searching under books from the Classic Toy Trains page.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 12:12 PM
Richard - Don't want to state the obvious, but most of the techniques for making scenery aren't scale-specific. OK, so you use a 3/4in dowel instead of a 3/8in one for a 3ft tree trunk in O vs. HO, but I'm sure you can handle that. I guess what I'm saying is that ignore any scenery ideas, no matter what the scale.
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Posted by snowey on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 2:38 PM
that's right, I never really thought about that.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 3:01 PM
Tim: Thanks for the three recommendations. I got on the internet last night and searched about 10 book sellers and Dave Frary's book is just not available, and that is the one that he used for the two articles in CCT in 1997 using O scale as his model. They were v. good articles full of tips that are easily applied to O guage. I just don't know where to find his " Realistic Scenery for Toy Train Layouts. The other two books by Lesser/Youngblood and Curren are available out there...so will order tonight. One would think Kalmbach would reprint Frary's for all the O guage readers out there. To me HO is tweezers and bi/trifocuals and O is for the ham fisted among us.
Thanks again, Tim.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 3:05 PM
Tim: The above post is for you
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Posted by mnwestern on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 3:18 PM
Have you ever tried finding various model railroad books at your public library? Our library in a town of 13,000 in central Minnesota has a few on hand and can get its hand on others through its inter-library loan group. Many of the Kalmbach books are available and a few by others such as Schleicher (not sure of the spelling). That way, you can check them out without buying them.

Also, I model in both N and HO and use the same basic water soluable techniques in each. Our club is starting a three-rail layout and we'll use some of the same techniques for some scenery on it. Like someone wroter earlier, many of the things are the same, just use bigger items. You might be able to use bigger natural twigs, etc. for trees.

I use clippings from a "golden glow" flower and mock orange bush for my N and HO tree trunks and then use Woodland Scenics clump foliage or poly fiber. If using poly fiber, after gluing a mesh of it over a branching of the trunk, I use Elmer's spray adhesive (In a well vented room and with a respirator) and sprinkle on different textures of ground foam in different colors for different trees. You can see my N layout — the Cleveland, Mankato & Eastern — in the Nov. 1999 NMRA Bulletin.
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Posted by Algonquin on Tuesday, November 20, 2001 8:20 PM
Hi ***,

Scenic Express has Dave's book "Realistic Scenery for Toy Train Layouts" for sale at $17.05. I just received their latest catalog (#9) about 2 weeks ago. Their item number for the book is KB108025 and it is listed on page 127 of the catalog. Scenic Express has a toll free number for ordering (800-234-9995). Their website address is www.scenicexpress.com.Regards,

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