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

Rails and Trails

In the category of "one of those simple things to add to a layout that takes all of five seconds but helps establish era and locale", today's entry covers the Iowa River Corridor Trail. The 13-mile path rolls through Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty. As the name implies, it follows the Iowa River... and … Continue reading Rails and Trails

Photostacking for Fun (and profit)

Let's open up the ol' Hills Line mailbag... I see you do stacked focus photography...could you dedicate an article about it for us newbies? Stacked photography has fundamentally changed how I document and share images of The Hills Line, both online and in print. I had seen what others, notably Paul Dolkos, had done with … Continue reading Photostacking for Fun (and profit)

Curb Appeal, Part Three

Finishing up US Highway 6, a major arterial thoroughfare in Iowa City, and the first road constructed for The Hills Line. Last time I built out the curbs, medians, and other elements. On this entry we'll paint and detail the road to match the prototype. My weapons of choice are, as always, whatever cheap and … Continue reading Curb Appeal, Part Three