Under Pressure

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” -Douglas Adams- With the publication and shipping of Kalmbach Media's latest book, Building What's In A Photo, I can now share some additional photos from the my submission "Building an offline customer". It also gives me the opportunity to tell the … Continue reading Under Pressure

Thrifty Use of Time

When I was interviewed by my friend Trevor Marshall for his magnificent and much-missed podcast, The Model Railway Show, he asked how I structured my hobby time. I answered that I normally worked in fits and spurts, alternating between periods of rapid completion followed by periods of pure lethargy. A look back at the order … Continue reading Thrifty Use of Time

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