Subcontracting

“Do what you do best and outsource the rest.” -Peter Drucker- The oft-quoted statement about model railroading is that its participants must possess a variety of somewhat-unrelated skillsets. Draftsman. Carpenter. Electrician. Scenic Designer. Some basic understanding of these are all required to be remotely successful in the hobby. And so it is inevitable that there … Continue reading Subcontracting

New Power

Well... it's not exactly new, since the prototype was built in 1972. Moreover, I've sat on this model since early 2015 until finally deciding to do something about it this year. A little history lesson... Thanks to the direct efforts of my friend and fellow IAIS modeler Joe Atkinson, Athearn released a set of four … Continue reading New Power

Behind the Lens

"If you want a happy ending, that depends ... on where you stop your story." -Orson Welles- With the conclusion of The Hills Line with James McNab on Kalmbach Media's Model Railroader Video Plus, I thought it might be of interest to learn some of the backstory behind the show, and how I went about … Continue reading Behind the Lens

Finding Focus

With the annus horribilis that was 2020 done, I'm hopeful that 2021 will be just a little bit better for everyone. As far as The Hills Line is concerned, the start of a new year gives me opportunity to define my goals for the layout over the next 365 days. Producing The Hills Line with … Continue reading Finding Focus