From the Ground Up

Even when it's nothing more than a base layer of scenery, seeing bare benchwork turn into a real-world representation is both cathartic and gratifying. My methods on The Hills Line are nothing ground breaking and follow well-established practices in the hobby. My base material of choice is Scenic Textures Farm-Pasture Blend, available from Scenic Express. By … Continue reading From the Ground Up

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Time to get to work on the signature scene of The Hills Line, the Iowa Interstate's deck-girder bridge over the Iowa River. The first detail needed are the cutwater retaining walls that wrap around each of the bridge piers. I searched for a suitable commercial product, but all were too bulky to simulate the prototype. … Continue reading Bridge Over Troubled Water

Persistence of Vision

"To make a film is easy; to make a good film is war. To make a very good film is a miracle." –Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu If you haven't figured it out by my less than subtle demeanor, I make my living as a video producer and editor. For the past 20 years I've created newscasts, … Continue reading Persistence of Vision

Beginnings

"Big things only can be done by paying attention to their humble beginnings." -Laozi I'm positive that this image will never win awards nor garner world-wide acclaim. But I wanted it documented for posterity's sake. The first scenic element of The Hills Line, the grass median of US Highway 6 in Iowa City, has been … Continue reading Beginnings