Monthly archives: January, 2016

What Is “Accuracy”

  Avoiding the Placeholder Trap   When we say something has been modeled accurately, what exactly do we mean?  Does it mean that we’ve performed a careful survey of the bristling details on a specific locomotive, documented them on an excel spreadsheet, tracked down said details, and meticulously applied them?  Can we go back, compare…


Drill Tracks

I added a short write up on drill tracks in the layout design blog of my business site www.shelflayouts.com.  


4722 South Everett

One of the more prominent structures seen in some of the LAJ YouTube videos is the faded gray two story on the southeast corner of S. Everette Avenue and the Horn Lead.  The colors and weathering are complex enough that I plan to use the photo laminate technique.  What makes that method a little more…


Our Hobby and the Press

  If I had to pick one entity that is the lifeblood of our hobby, I wouldn’t even have to stop to think about it.  Without question, it’s the model railroad press, particularly Model Railroader, Model Railroad Hobbyist, and Railroad Model Craftsman.  The healthier the magazines are, the more robust their circulation, the better for…


Background Flats

Background flats can be challenging from the standpoint that they are frequently needed as part of the layout to backdrop transition but are also so easy to botch.  If not handled carefully they can be real scene busters and literally scream that you are looking at a model railroad.  A few slights of hand make them…