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

To a Mouse

"The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!" -Robert Burns, 1786- It's a good thing that I continue to enjoy the act of model railroading. For there are numerous times that I find myself once again enjoying aspects of the hobby … Continue reading To a Mouse