Category: Los Angeles Junction Railway

Threading the Eye of the Needle

In his must-read piece, “11 Lessons Learned” in the April issue of MR, Tony Koester writes “One huge lesson gleaned from even a cursory review of the V&O was to model the ordinary.  It’s all too easy to compile a list of eye-catching prototypes to model, and the inevitable result is that everything competes to…


LAJ 3/5/17

In my last post, I discussed some thoughts on scene composition and, as part of that write-up, the importance of non-descript “framing structures” to surround a focal point structure.   On my LAJ railroad, May-Vern Liquor is the focal point of the layout as you enter the room.  Just to the right of it is…


Scene Composition

  Scene composition, more than any other factor, telegraphs to the eye whether our work is believable or not.  It matters more than detail, more than construction neatness, and more than prototypical accuracy.  For our purposes, I’ll define scene composition as the elements we choose to incorporate, their size, shape, relative position, and spacing.  Since…


District Blvd. Feb. 26

The latest work has centered on the crossing signals and light posts along District Blvd. Standing in District Blvd. facing southwest. Facing southeast down District Blvd.  The crossing signals are Details West,  I took the cobra light heads off of Walthers street lights, airbrushed them a light gray and then mounted them to skewers painted Model…


May-Vern Liquor (Feb. 10)

All done!