In The Details

Model railroading, from a retail perspective, largely remains a cottage industry. While there are a growing multitude of large hobby conglomerates, most of the smaller items you see on layouts come from mom-and-pop operations.

Those small businesses are helping me detail warehouses on The Hills Line, and it’s always fun to see how these little items help bring a scene to life.

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The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office warehouse features downspouts and doors from Rix ProductsPikestuff line. I’ve been a fan of Pikestuff for many years, and plan on using a lot of their products to construct the multitude of industrial buildings needed in and around Iowa City.

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Also from Pikestuff is the winner of the “bet you’ll never look here” award for detailing on the layout, in the form of an electrical meter and wire. I promise that this location is accurate for the prototype, even if it’s not in the most visible spot on the structure.

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JTT Scenery Products (which is a division of MRC and somewhat destroys my cottage industry statement) street lights were modified into security lights for the warehouse. I didn’t need or want working exterior lights, so the simple fixtures are more than adequate.

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But my new favorite detail part is the wall/window mounted air-conditioner units from Hi-Tech Details. I mounted two to the Sheriff’s warehouse and one to the MidAmerican Substation structure, following prototype photos. I love how you literally fold them together into one complete piece.

Up next is weathering and mounting the structures into the subroadbed.

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