Will It Satisfy?

You’ve only got a small space for a layout and working out a design has you frustrated. The real question is one we all struggle to answer: Will this layout be satisfying? We look at less than ideal spaces and only see the shortcomings. We’re afraid of missing out and...

Lost Track (Again)

It seems I didn’t learn the lesson about how easy it is to overcrowd a scene with track. Last weekend I repeated the exercise from the old Indiana and Whitewater on my new Mill Road cameo layout. On the old layout I had three tracks on one end that crowded things from...

The Inside Story

I’ve never attempted this kind of work before. Not in styrene, certainly not in brass. I’d look at the work of more experienced builders with envy and admiration but always think that brass was too hard, I didn’t have the right tools and didn’t know how to do things....

Influences

My Dad worked in a factory for over forty years. One of five brothers, he loved basketball and being outdoors. During WWII he served stateside as an Army X-ray technician, one of the guys who set up and operated the X-ray machine. After the war he went to work in a...

Paying My Dues

Model building is a series of individual decisions that add to or detract from the final result. Each step is an opportunity to exercise care and judgment or something to hurry through because your mind is on other things. If I want better quality models, then I have...