30th Ave. Jan. 24th

30th Avenue in Miami looking north. Sun Gas is in the upper right.

Work begins on the 30th Avenue scene starting with the road and grade crossing itself. It’s a little tricky to model effectively because of the fairly distressed look of the pavement. In addition, the street goes right over a turnout.

To model the complex patterns of the pavement, I’m going to laminate a photo of an actual street onto styrene. The image above is a composite of a street photo from my own file (which I lightened) along with the edging from the prototype. I’ve uploaded a full size version of this image in the photo wallpaper section of the help section (scroll down to the last image).

There are seven pieces involved with the crossing and I now have the first two done. The timbers are from Blair Line. I heavily distressed them with a thick wire brush.