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New Articles

Grab Irons Made Simple

Building a Small Turntable

Scratchbuilding Rolling Stock with Styrene

Modifications to a Sunset Western Maryland Decapod

Handaid Track

Past Articles

Converting a Sunset SP P-8 Pacific to Proto48

Gene Deimling Constructing an ATSF Bx-27 boxcar

Tom Mix Another Method to Make Rivets

Tom Mix Scratch Building Some Drivers

Robert Lerners's Tank Car Conversion

Dan Ellis's South West Industrial Railroad

Part 2 of
Tom Mix's Locomotives

Tom Mix's Locomotives



Working Coupler Pocket for the San Juan Type-E Coupler

Improving San Juan Type-E Coupler

Bottom Operating Cut Levers

Peeling Paint

Canvas Roofs

Wire Grabs


Articles & Tips
The Proto48 Modeler will provide a selection of articles that feature such topics as:
  • Conversion of models to Proto:48
  • Construction of Proto:48 track work
  • Upgrading kits to produce more accurate models
  • Scratch building techniques
  • Features on fine scale models
  • Proto48 Modeler Tips

We would like to make this site a destination for modelers who enjoy viewing fine models and learning how to build prototype models. The model press has featured many articles on prototype modeling in HO but rarely in 1/48th scale.

The Proto48 Modeler is aimed at increasing the awareness and desire to improve the quality and accuracy of 1/48th railroad model. Many modelers talk about the possibilities of adding lots of detail to O scale models but with the exception of O narrow gauge few actually do it. O scale modelers don't seem to be as aware of the correct details needed to model a particular prototype as their counterparts in HO. We would like to change this. More people will choose O scale and in particular Proto:48 if they know they can "get it right".

This section of the site presents an opportunity for you to contribute your efforts and be seen by a lot of modelers. Send in pictures of your models. Write a few captions and fire it in.

The Proto48 Modeler Tips sections will give you some suggestions on how to enhance you models or your skills. We would like to encourage you to contribute to this section as well. A quick note and a photo will be enough to generate a new Proto48 Modeler Tip.