Category: Prototype

The Quest For “Perfect” Research

As prototype modelers a large part of our job, and a fun part at that, is researching our prototype.  Although there are a variety of sources for trying to pin down the elusive clue as to what the “typical” situation was in the area we model, by and large we are totally dependent upon photos….


Visiting the LAJ

The quality of images available on Google Streetview has reached the point that site visits become less necessary.  The one drawback though is that Streetview images are only taken from the street and the right of ways we want to document aren’t always visible.   I ended up with a spare day on a recent…


LAJ – August 30th

Scene composition/design continues this weekend with the selection of the central scene to be used for the background structure.  In this case it’s the industry at 4861 East 48th Street.  It’s not rail served and doesn’t need to be.  I selected it because of it’s interesting roof line and subtle but complex coloration. The only…


Flashback Miami

In their “Flashback Miami” series, the Miami Herald ran an excellent, photo laden article on the Seaboard Airline in town.  Included are a lot of photos of the station at 7th Avenue, the location of the east end of the Downtown Spur.  Thanks to my mentor David Orr for the heads up. Click HERE for the…