Category: Opinion

The Next Big Wave

I recently updated a test video on YouTube illustrating the vastly improved depth of field qualities of the latest smartphone generation. Several days ago I was doing an interview for Lionel Strang’s A Modeler’s Life podcast. During the course of the conversation he asked what I thought the “next big wave” of the hobby would…


Do Glossy Surfaces “Scale Down”?

The chlorine tank on the right has a fairly glossy surface. Our natural tendency would be to replicate that sheen on a model of it. Is that the best approach? As modelers we have a natural tendency to examine the prototype and copy it as closely as possible.  Our thinking being that the better job…


Emphasis

Model railroading is a miniscule portion of the much larger universe of design in general.  Art, architecture, engineering, interior design, landscape design, etc. all fall under that umbrella. In the big boy world of design, the one where people and companies actually make their living at it, the process is driven by a foundation of…


Getting Things Done When You Have Limited Free Time

Depending on where we are in life, the amount of time we have available to devote to our hobby will vary.  Regardless of our circumstances at any particular moment, however, we all want to have the satisfaction of knowing that we are getting at least a few things accomplished.  That can be much easier said…


Approaching the Finish Line

Tolga Erbora catches the local passing Family and Son on The Downtown Spur in this August 2020 image. The fact that the line is still active, and so well documented, keeps me motivated. What do you do when your layout is getting close to being “finished”?  The day is in site when there will seemingly…