Humblebrag

After my last post mentioned the existence of the Iowa Interstate Historical and Modeling Society, lovingly referred to as the IAIS Cosa Nostra, I received the following note. So if Joe A. is The Godfather, who are you? Answer... Joey Zasa. You know, the arrogant and flamboyant capo played by Joe Mantegna, and probably the … Continue reading Humblebrag

Behind the Lens

"If you want a happy ending, that depends ... on where you stop your story." -Orson Welles- With the conclusion of The Hills Line with James McNab on Kalmbach Media's Model Railroader Video Plus, I thought it might be of interest to learn some of the backstory behind the show, and how I went about … Continue reading Behind the Lens

Persistence of Vision

"To make a film is easy; to make a good film is war. To make a very good film is a miracle." –Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu If you haven't figured it out by my less than subtle demeanor, I make my living as a video producer and editor. For the past 20 years I've created newscasts, … Continue reading Persistence of Vision

Swedish Storage

The decision to use Ikea's IVAR shelving units as the base of the benchwork for The Hills Line continues to pay off in spades. I'm still finding ways to adapt and adjust the system to fit both the needs of the layout, as well as the needs of the household. My most recent addition is the … Continue reading Swedish Storage