Watching Paint Dry

All model railroads involve tradeoffs. The supposed logic for smaller setups is that we trade size for detail. So while I'm running five cars trains instead of 50 car lineups, I can take the time to detail the scene to the Nth degree. But as I've mentioned numerous times before, I'm lazy. For me the … Continue reading Watching Paint Dry

Modeling From Afar

In-between construction of the Iowa River Bridge and making sure that my track plan as built will support the ops as planned, I've been able to test out my photo backdrop methods for The Hills Line. Since my modeled locale is a two-hour drive away, I’m relying on Google Streetview photos for a lot of … Continue reading Modeling From Afar

Homage

"If you want something stuck in someone's head, put it in a sequence of three." -Brian Clark- Previously I had written about how I adapted Iain Rice's Linked-Up Logger layout concept for the general design of The Hills Line. Since our basement arrangement requires any plan to be divided into three distinct spaces, I had … Continue reading Homage

One More Foot of Space

A follow-up to the previous entry about the lift-outs used on The Hills Line. When we rebuilt the basement of our home, we had a new staircase constructed for the space. The old stairs were uneven, narrow, and as we discovered... structurally unsound. Considering we had lived in our home for the better part of … Continue reading One More Foot of Space