Appropriate for modelers of all subjects, How to Kitbash Structures
by master Tony Koester is a well written and richly illustrated book.
While modelers of today enjoy a vast choice of generic and even prototype models with which to create their favorite subject, sometime you want something that just isn't available yet. Or you want to create something straight from your own imagination. Kitbashing (kitbash — altering the parts of a kit to produce a car or structure that is unique, or combining parts from two or more kits to produce the same result.*) allows creative modelers to create or express their dreams when a model is not available. According to the book;
Learning to kitbash commercial structures is an essential skill for modelers. This title covers basic techniques for working with kits, how to use kits in unexpected ways, and step-by-step projects that will help enthusiasts take their layouts to new levels. Structures covered include railroad buildings, lineside industries, coal tipples, storefronts, and more.
• Helpful for beginner and intermediate modelers
• Features a tutorial on making photo backdrops
• Includes an inspirational gallery of kitbashed structures
Not only is this book informative for model railroaders, it is both an enjoyable trip down memory lane and an introduction to recent model masters. The lion's share of subjects are by Tony Koester.
How to Kitbash Structures
format is softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 96 pages; 200 color photos; 10 illustrations; ISBN: 9780890248669.
The 10 chapters and sections of this interesting and clever subjects are;
Introduction: To kitbash or not to kitbash?
Chapter 1: Do not read the label on the box!
There may be a soybean plant hiding in a cement plant box
Chapter 2: Depots in disguise
House kits can often be modified into depots
Chapter 3: Towers and freight houses
A new roof and other minor alterations may do the trick
Chapter 4: Coal country structures
Kitbashing truck dumps, tipples, company stores and houses, even a church
Chapter 5: Lineside industries
Ideas for grain elevators, factories, paper mills, and "flats"
Chapter 6: Residential and retail
Disguising a kit's heritage may be as simple as applying a coat of white paint
Chapter 7: Bridges and trestles
Tips on modeling steel viaducts, through-truss bridges, and timber trestles
Chapter 8: Combination tower and depot
A Santa Fe prototype provided the inspiration for an easy kitbashing project
Chapter 9: From cement to soybean plant
A cement plant provided most of the components for a different industry
Chapter 10: Kitbashing cornucopia
Examples of structures from several of the hobby's leading practitioners
The book is richly illustrated with many photographs. These include photographs of models before and after kitbashing, plus images of prototype structures which inspired the process.
Also included are sketches and concept drawing of model layout designs, and the new configuration of models. All of the images support the text.
Books like this are excellent sources of inspiration, technique, and execution. It is certain to provide ideas not yet considered. It is easy to read, well organized, and full of useful photographs.
While geared towards model railroaders this book can be useful to modeler of any subject. Treat yourself and add How to Kitbash Structures
to your library.
* "Beginner's Glossary." National Model Railroad Association.
National Model Railroad Association, Inc., 5 Apr. 2008. Web. 06 Nov. 2014.