Category: Downtown Spur

March in Miami

Efforts in March focused on continuing to develop the Sun Gas scene. A large part of this month’s effort entailed scratch building the palms which, all combined, contain well over a hundred fronds. I also worked on fencing, hedges, and gates. The above image features a direct view down 30th Avenue. The backdrop is an…


Some Palm Trees for 30th Ave.

30th Avenue in the vicinity of Sun Gas is lined by rows of palm trees. Time to make a few! Since there really aren’t any commercially available palm trees that capture the airy and delicate nature of the fronds, they need to be made from scratch. I cut my own using a Black Cat Cougar…


Sun Gas Fencing

One of the more challenging aspects of modeling Sun Gas is dealing with the fencing that surrounds the compound. By nature chain link fencing is very light and airy and difficult to scale down to model proportions. Here’s a few tips I’ve come up with over the years. -Use a high quality photo etched product…


30th Avenue

Directly across the rails from CBI, and across the street from Sun Gas, is a cinderblock wall running at least a hundred feet long or so. At some point in time an enterprising “artist” or “tagger” painted a fairly creative mural on it. Personally, I think it looks a lot better with the artwork than…


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…