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  • #16
    Beginner's Guide to N-Scale Model Railroading by Russ Larson (Kalmbach)

    In-depth, well-illustrated information for getting started with N-Scale. Include chapters on modular construction, trackwork, and detailing. 106 pages.


    • #17
      Small Railroads You Can Build, 2nd edition by the staff of Model Railroader (Kalmbach)

      The perfect layout plan book for those with very limited space, it features 4 plans for O, HO, and N scales. By following the detailed directions, you can build a layout on a kitchen table, in a closet, or even a laundry room.


      • #18
        Practical Guide to HO Model Railroading by the staff of Model Railroader (Kalmbach)

        Aimed at the beginning HO scale modeler, this book answers many questions about construction, track planning, wiring and control, scenery, and structure placement.


        • #19
          Realistic Plastic Structures for Toy Train Layouts by Art Curren (Kalmbach)

          Learn how to combine O-scale structures to create realistic buildings for toy train layouts. 80 pages.


          • #20
            Painting Model Structures video by Dave Frary (Trackside Modeler)

            In 65 minutes, the scenery master shows how to paint, weather, and assemble a variety of structures including the new laser cut line of kits. Also includes information about realistic road and sidewalk construction.


            • #21
              Model Railroading in Small Spaces by Mat Chibbaro (Kalmbach)

              Want a layout but have very limited space? Check this book out for several plans in HO and N designed to fit into small and unusual spaces. Many of these plans are ideal for the one- and two-bedroom apartment/townhouse dweller. 96 pages.


              • #22
                Woodland Scenics Scenery Manual (Woodland Scenics)

                In 160 pages, the fine folks at Woodland Scenics (of Linn Creek, MO - right here at beautiful Lake of the Ozarks... oops, shouldn't editorialize [:I]) show you how to use all of their products. It is profusely illustrated, full of tips and techniques, and is aimed at both beginners and experienced modelers. At $10 or so, it is a bargain!


                • #23
                  Beginner's Guide to Large Scale Model Railroading by Marc Horovitz and Russ Larson (Kalmbach)

                  An introduction to the world of outdoor/garden railroads. Includes photos, tips, techniques, and useful suggestions for planning, building, and operating a large-scale outdoor layout.