Monthly archives: July, 2015

Urban Backdrop Transitions

The transition from layout to backdrop is dicey even under the best of circumstances.  Moving from a three dimensional flat layout surface to a two dimensional backdrop surface perpendicular to the eye, typically leaves the viewer with the subconscious nagging that “this just isn’t real”.  If we are lucky we model a rural area and can…


LAJ Prototype Map

Here’s a map of the prototype area I finally chose to use as the basis for the LAJ switching layout.  It took quite a few hours of (enjoyable) virtual rail fanning via Google Maps and Bing Maps to finally settle on a location.  I’m satisfied, however, that I’ve finally found an area that embodies the look…


Scene Composition

How do you learn how to compose a scene?  It’s a very pertinent question and one that was asked by a visitor that dropped by today.  It was also a hard one to answer because it’s more art than science, more of “I know it’s right when I see it” sort of thing.  Scene composition…


The Money Shot

  Since finishing the bench work for my LAJ switching layout I’ve been playing around with scene composition and a variety of design ideas.  Nothing really got me excited enough to commit.  The reality is that the vast majority of the modern day LAJ just doesn’t make for a compelling modeling subject.  Like much of…


Knowing What We Don’t Know

Most participants in model railroading, as with any leisure pursuit, are looking for a casual creative outlet, a break from the everyday without any overriding compulsion to be a master at it.  This is as it should be and I point it out without any condescension.   I enjoy surfing and playing basketball and can say in…