I model the 1950s on my layout using building methods of that period. I have nine Lionel's "Model Builder" magazines from 1940 to 1942, picked up at a train show years ago. They have great track plans, show how to build structures like coaling towers and round houses and turntables, and much more, etc.
I did a search and found the "trainlife.com" site that has complete archive copies of 79 Model Builder magazines from vol #1, Jan/Feb 1937 to vol #79, March 1949, all great reproductions and very clear, all for FREE.
The magazines cost originally 10 cents each or 50 cents for a year of 5 to 8 issues, depending on conditions during WWII, and have advertisements that show pictures and costs which I found interesting too.
Here is a link if you want to check them out.
They have other magazines too.
Welcome to the TrainLife.com Magazine Archive. Click any of the links below and enjoy a huge amount of free model railroading content courtesy of TrainLife.com
The actual link titles below are available at their site too, although they are not all O gauge the are TRAINS
- Model Builder
- Model Railroading
- Prototype Modeler
- Railmodel Journal
- 1001 Model Railroading Ideas
These should keep you busy during virus lock down or at lunch at work.