This book is the second title in a new series, Realistic Railway Modelling, written by a highly regarded expert. Aimed at really keen modelers who want to learn how to achieve the highest standards, this all-color book, packed with photos and diagrams, provides the very last word in detail in seven themed chapters. The construction, detailing and operation of locomotives is where the hobby can provide its most satisfying rewards, and no stone is left unturned in the author's comprehensive coverage. All railway modelers will be fascinated by this inspirational guide.
*Selecting your locomotive 'stud': different locos for different jobs; striking the balance between types; limitations (curves, loops, turntables); etc. * Locomotive facilities: servicing facilities for the layout: water and watering points, coaling; cleaning the fire (ashpits, ash handling); etc. * Locomotives: selecting and improving RTR models to achieve a common standard; tailoring locomotives to the layout; adding essential detail; creating models with individuality and character; etc. * Reworking RTR models: adapting RTR models to differing standards; aftermarket chassis kits; etc. * The kit-built loco: white metal and etched brass kits; detailing and finishing; etc. * Maintaining and fine-tuning model locos: cleaning wheels; lubrication; brush gear and pick-ups; etc. * Digital command control: best practice; things to avoid; configuration variables; etc.
Iain Rice is one of Britain's best-known model railway authors with 18 books to his credit, his most recent being Railway Modelling: The Realistic Way, published by Haynes. He is a regular contributor to British and American model railway magazines, and lives in Devon.