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April In Miami

Tanks, tanks, and more tanks. I don’t think there is a form of storage tank out there that isn’t represented on the Sun Gas property! Modeling them was my focus in April. Fortunately models of all were easily found through Walthers and Rix. There are also a few container stacks used for storage which I…


Model the Trees or the Forest?

Model railroading is a hobby.  It’s recreation.  Our “success” is measured by how much satisfaction we wring from our efforts.  While the occasional “attaboys” are nice, most of the time, we are performing for an audience of one, ourselves.  Unlike a performing or commercial artist, we don’t carry the burden of having to please an…


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…