Design The Invisible

There is an invisible story around model railroading. Invisible in that we take it for granted and seldom question whether it makes sense for our needs. Widely accepted ideas such as good enough, the three-foot rule, modeling the entire run from one yard to the next;...

Design The Time of Your Life

Canadian designer Bruce Mau has outlined a set of 24 design principles that is changing the way I see modeling. His principle of Design The Time of Your Life suggests that time is all we actually have. We’re busy. Almost everyone feels they are running behind from a...

Staging Transition Done

Staging Transition Done You’ll recall from this post I rejected the typical solutions for a physical barrier between the on and offstage areas of the scene. I’m not going through a wall, nor did I wish to wrap the backdrop around the edge of the scene in the pretense...

Are We Asking The Right Questions?

Are We Asking The Right Questions? Greg Amer wanted to know why I felt the need to expand Mill Road. It’s a valid question, so let’s see if we can find an answer that’s helpful. In the last post, I said that I wanted to experiment with different construction...

Almost Made a Major Blunder

I recently convinced myself that Mill Road needed a third module with an industry. So, the week before Christmas I went to the big box store and bought two sheets of foam board and a sheet of quarter-inch plywood. In thinking about how to fit the new with the old, the...

Place, Memory and Meaning-2

It’s said that memory can be triggered by the smallest of things: A sound, a scent or a brief glimpse of something that feels familiar. This hopper car sits there in the sunlight of a quiet November afternoon. One of hundreds of thousands; it’s an unassuming car that...