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Making Model Buildings for Garden Railways Hardcover – 22 Aug 2011
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About the Author
Peter Jones built his first crude 16mm scale garden railway in 1949, the first manifestation of what was to become his famous Compton Down Railway. He wrote extensively about his hobby, including the world's longest running garden railway column in Garden Railways magazine, and was highly sought-after as a speaker and competition judge. He was also a conservation technician for museums and helped with the rescue of engineering items. He wrote two previous books for Crowood, Practical Garden Railways and Building Small Steam Locomotives. He sadly died before finishing this book, which has been completed by his daughter Kes Jones with the help of many of Peter's friends.
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What can I say about this publication? Simply stunning.
If you're into garden railways this is a must have book for your bookcase. Beautifully photographed and very informative.
I'd have never considered using some of the materials discussed for the outdoor environment, but the techniques and instructions given for waterproofing means that the most unlikely materials can be used and last for years in all weathers.
Covers everything from simple wooden structures to complicated scratch-builds and proprietary kit conversions, using some of the most unlikely everyday objects to unbelieveable effect.
I'm sure this one will stay on my bookshelf for years to come and will become an invaluable reference guide.
It is important to make a clear distinction here, however, it is not a "how to" book nor does it have plans and dimensions of buildings. I have other books which give these specific details. what THIS book does do is give tips to make buildings more realistic and tips when one is considering making a building and pointers to remember. I think this book is very good and should be used as part of a wider context with other books. Say for example, you are looking to build a station (for arguements sake) and your existing book gives a step by step, dimesnsion drawings in order to make the building. This book can be used in conjunction with that to make it better.
All in all a worth while buy and deserves a place on my book shelf!
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