Category: Construction

Brooklyn Terminal May 12

Tom Flagg’s New York Harbor books are a virtual goldmine of ideas. It seems every time I go through them I notice something else. Helping the cause is the outstanding print quality Morning Sun Books brings to the effort. The images are so razor sharp they can be scanned and used for modeling. A few…


Matte vs. Glossy Photo Paper?

As I continue to refine my technique of using photo wallpaper laminates instead of paint, one of the primary questions continuouisly on my mind is whether to use matte photo paper or gloss. On the surface it would seem matte would be the logical choice. However, at some point, just by chance I noticed that…


Brooklyn Terminal April 25

Since the BT is a small terminal line with appropriately small steam power, I didn’t want the service facilities to be overwhelmingly large. Most commercially available water towers were simply too big so I kitbashed a Walthers rooftop water tank with some Tichy parts spliced on. The coal conveyor is from ModelTech Studios. The yard…


Brooklyn Terminal March 7

Weekly updates on my hand laid code 40 turnouts are probably as compelling as that of a farmer’s update on the growth of his corn field! The three turnouts I was working on off layout were finished and placed on the layout replacing the temporary Peco track that was serving as a placeholder. Now that…


Detailing the Shoreline

This week I detailed the shoreline. First up was adding the high tide “stain” which was done by carefully masking things off with damp paper towels and lightly airbrushing on Model Master “sand”. Next up I used the same dampened paper towel technique to add static grass at the top of the embankment and between…