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TRAIN MODELING BOOKS

Dave is now retired and living in Elnora, Indiana

Train Modeling Books

Along with building scale models of trucks, Dave was also a prolific 1:87 scale railroad modeler. His specialty was building accurate models of locomotives. His detail work was immaculate and he wrote many magazine articles on the art of accurately detailing locomotives and intermodal equipment. He is also well known for his freelance "Colorado & Western Railroad Co." - Book now available, see below.
 
 

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Book 027

Prototype Locomotive Modeling

Photos of models built by David A. Bontrager

1:87 Scale Models Built By Dave Bontrager

Model Builder, Photographer, Author, and Editor: David A. Bontrager

Publisher: DABble Publishing & Imaging

As with all of my books, this book is printed and bond by a professional printer

Hardcover with Dust Jacket or Softcover

  • Building models of specific prototype locomotives is extremely demanding on the model builder. Not only do the details have to be accurate, but so does the weathering, and the use of many prototype photos is a must. The photos in this book show my efforts in modeling specific prototype locomotives. This is not a “how to” book, but rather photos of the finished models. All models are plastic—not brass, and all were built before we had the plethora of detail parts, or the well detailed pre-decorated models that we have today. Most of the models were built as of the specific date on which I photographed the prototype, not a common practice by model builders. While my locomotive detailing is considered extreme by some, several of the models presented herein are definitely extreme detailing, even by my standards—detailing beyond all reasonable common sense. I certainly don’t claim to be the best locomotive modeler, but I do consider myself to be among the best of the best. Railroads featured are Burlington Northern, Rio Grande, Union Pacific, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, Conrail, and Sacramento Northern. There are also 2 photos of a CF7 I custom built for the Grand Truck & Indiana model railroad, owned by Russ Rettig. The book ends with 14 photos of some of the freight cars I have built. Sit back and enjoy the multitude of photos I’m presenting on my finished work.
  • The 160-page book has 157 photos and is being offered in both hardcover with dust jacket and softcover.
  • Most photos are color, and also some outstanding black and white photos are included.
  • This is a great coffee table book, and perhaps a guideline for model building
About The Author
  • The author lived in Colorado for a number of years, and during that time was a prolific train photographer and railroad modeler, and also a model railroader. He used his prototype photos for correct detailing on the models. He only built models of locomotives that he liked, and wrote many magazine articles for the hobby press on accuracy in model building. Dave is now retired and lives in Elnora, Indiana with his wife, Anna.
Legalities
  • No part of this book, in whole or in part, or the photos contained herein, in whole or in part, may be reproduced, transmitted, scanned or distributed by any manual, mechanical or electronic means or devices without express written permission from the author and publisher.
  • Neither the book nor the contents are public shareware. Copyright laws apply.
Photo Enlargements
  • Custom enlargements of photos in the book are available directly from the publisher. All custom enlargements are professionally printed. Not all photos may be available as individual prints, but most are. Contact the author for details.
 

Book 026

Modeling Intermodal

Photos of models built by David A. Bontrager

1:87 Scale Models Built By Dave Bontrager

 Model Builder, Photographer, Author, and Editor: David A. Bontrager

Publisher: DABble Publishing & Imaging

As with all of my books, this book is printed and bond by a professional printer

Softcover

  • There are unlimited opportunities in modeling modern intermodal equipment. This book shows some of the intermodal models I have built. The models were built in the 1990s, but the techniques and theories are timeless. Also, the models were built when pre-decorated models were just coming to the market, so a lot of painting and decaling was required. The book is not only for enjoyable reading, but perhaps an inspiration for you to get started with your own projects.
  • The 80-page book has 77 photos.
  • Most photos are color, and also some black and white photos are included.
  • This is a great coffee table book, and perhaps a guideline for model building.
  • No part of this book, in whole or in part, or the photos contained herein, in whole or in part, may be reproduced, transmitted, scanned or distributed by any manual, mechanical or electronic means or devices without express written permission from the author and publisher.
  • Neither the book nor the contents are public shareware. Copyright laws apply.
  • Custom enlargements of photos in the book are available directly from the publisher. All custom enlargements are professionally printed. Not all photos may be available as individual prints, but most are. Contact the author for details.

HARDCOVER with dust jacket

$82.51 + $8.70 USA Priority Mail Shipping with insurance

Softcover - $51.31 + $8.70 USA Priority Mail Shipping with insurance

SOFTCOVER

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Book 035
Colorado & Western Railroad Co.
1:87 Scale Models Built by Dave Bontrager
Locomotives & Cabooses
Model Builder, Photographer, Author, and Editor: David A. Bontrager
Publisher: DABble Publishing & Imaging
As with all of my books, this book is printed and bound by a professional printer

Hardcover

  • The photos in this book show my efforts in freelance railroad modeling in 1:87 scale.  This is not a “how to” book, but rather photos of the finished models.  The book is designed to not only show my models, but also my close-up photography, different lighting angles and different backdrops.  The detailing, paint, and weathering ranges from radical to excellent.  One thing for sure, my quality of workmanship could withstand the critical close-up camera lens.  I began the Colorado & Western Railroad Co. (C&W) in the late-1960s, but most of the models in this book were built from the late-1980s thru the 1990s.  The book finishes with two truck models I built lettered for BTS (Bontrager Truck Service), which is a subsidiary of the C&W.  The models in this book represent some of the finest 1:87 scale railroad and truck modeling you will find anywhere.
  • This is a very large book with 214-pages.
  • Both color and black & white photos are presented as I loved both.
  • This is a great coffee table book and perhaps an inspiration for the reader to engage in railroad modeling and/or model railroading.

About The Author

  • During the years that Dave lived in Colorado he was a prolific 1:87 scale railroad and truck modeler.  Despite poor health, Dave still does model railroading as he can, but now works in 1:48 scale, On30 narrow gauge, as HO scale is too small for him to work with now.  His On30 narrow gauge railroad is the SCLN&TC (Southern Colorado Land Navigation & Transfer Co.), which per his Timetable No. 4, was the predecessor of the Colorado & Western Railroad Co.  He is now retired and lives near Elnora, Indiana.

Legalities

  • No part of this book, in whole or in part, or the photos contained herein, in whole or in part, may be reproduced, transmitted, scanned or distributed by any manual, mechanical or electronic means or devices without express written permission from the author and publisher.
  • Neither the book nor the contents are public shareware.  Copyright laws apply.

Photo Enlargements and Posters

  • Custom enlargements of photos in the book are available directly from the publisher.  All custom enlargements are professionally printed on HP Premium Gloss photo paper.  Contact the author for details at: dabontrager@yahoo.com

HARDCOVER with dust jacket

$105.39 + $8.70 USA Priority Mail Shipping with insurance