Up On The Roof

"And there the world below can't bother me" -The Drifters- In the inaugural edition of Model Railroad Planning, Bill Darnaby mentioned that he was going to have to spend more time on the underbody detailing of his freight cars, since the design of the Maumee Route put the cars right at eye level where anybody … Continue reading Up On The Roof

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

J&M Automotive

Continuing where we left off... the next phase of construction involves turning plain styrene sheets into something representative of the actual structure. My weapon of choice is photo wallpaper, made famous by Lance Mindheim. I often rely on Google Streetview for acquiring images from afar, since Iowa City is a two-hour drive for me, one … Continue reading J&M Automotive

Iowa Business Supply

Out of the 19 planned structures on The Hills Line, a grand total of two are served by the railroad. That ratio is all together appropriate for the modern era, but means a majority of the industries on the layout are pure filler. The goal then becomes how to replicate these offline buildings so that … Continue reading Iowa Business Supply