Monthly archives: September, 2015

Our Quest for Realism

It’s our ongoing quest, how do we create something that  looks like a “model of a railroad” NOT a “model railroad”, not a toy train set.  The answer lies in studying prototype photos, I mean really studying them and trying to get a handle on what we’re looking at.  It’s not easy and it’s not…


Removable Bridge

Added a tutorial in the “How To” section on removable bridges.


Federal Cold Storage

I’ve mentioned a number of times how much I rely on mock ups to test scene composition.  Call it my blind spot, but I have a hard time visualizing exactly what things will look like when viewed in two dimensions on paper.  My original plan was to put a low, one story building in the…


Hitting the Target of Design Success, Part 2

Last week we discussed the importance of self awareness in hitting the target of a successful design.  Ultimately “success” is defined by a layout that actually gets built (or mostly so) and provides the level of enjoyment the owner wants.  It needs to target the areas of the hobby that the builder actually derives the most satisfaction…


Hitting the Target of Design Success, Part 1

What aspect of my ‘dream layout’ project is going to serve up, on a silver platter no less, the degree of satisfaction I hope to achieve?   Seems to be such an obvious question.  So basic, and yet very few of us ask it, probably because we really don’t know the answer,  As a result we…