Fire Sale

I'm getting better, or at least more consistent, with using my Cricut Plotter for scratchbuilding on The Hills Line. While my primary structures, especially the rail-served ones, will always require sturdier construction methods, the majority of the buildings can be quickly and efficiently assembled from styrene sheet. Case in point, Iowa Fire Equipment. The small, … Continue reading Fire Sale

Simple Little Things

"Not all dreams are great big dreams. Some peoples' dreams are small." -N.R. Nash, T. Jones, & H. Schmidt- The apparent appeal of modeling a smaller prototype is that you can take the time to include the little details that generally aren't found on larger layouts. Not that the larger ones don't have such details, … Continue reading Simple Little Things

A Glorified Parking Lot

In describing the multitude of streets in southern Iowa City, a friend once called them nothing more than glorified parking lots. Since a lot of the roads are either bisected by or parallel to The Hills Line, none are anywhere close to arterial thoroughfares. But since the prototype was first and foremost an electric interurban, … Continue reading A Glorified Parking Lot

Meet The Modeler

Continuing my trend for blatant self promotion on this site, the past few weeks have been a very good time for me... promotionally speaking. First, the 2022 edition of Model Railroad Planning is now available on newsstands, in fine hobby shops, and online at the Kalmbach Hobby Store. My article, Demolition to Discovery, details the … Continue reading Meet The Modeler