Category: Downtown Spur

Kikos Wrap Up

Shown above is the finished renovation of Kiko’s Wholesale. I’ve learned a little since I first started experimenting with photo laminates many years ago. I used to look for photos with very few shadows and then photo shopped out any that remained. I now do the opposite, intentionally looking for images taken on sunny days…


A Facelift For Kikos

One of the more interesting scenes on the layout, both visually and operationally, is where the switchback makes a totally blind crossing of a very heavily traveled 12th Avenue into The Miami Produce Center. Switching the industry is particularly challenging because the view northward up the street is totally obscured by a business called Kiko’s…


July in Miami

Adding the grade crossing signals at 30th Avenue wraps up the Sungas scene, which is the main thing I wanted to get done in 2021. This was the last remaining industry to be modeled although I still have a ton of non-rail structures to do. As time permits, I’ve been doubling back and looking for…


Passing Antillean Marine

Having just crossed over North River Drive the local passes Antillean Marine. Having completed the Sungas scene, I’m going to take a break from major construction projects for awhile and double back and spend some time photographing the layout. I’m finding each shot is different in terms of whether my Canon Rebel SLR or the…


Sungas Services Scene

Having spent the bulk of the year building out the Sungas Services scene, it’s now complete. On my laundry list for the second half of the year is going back and photographing or re-photographing some of the other scenes on the layout.