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Earth Tone Static Grass – Jan. 16

Experimentation continues with producing the earth toned grasses. My kitchen table looks like Edison’s lab at this point. I’ve established a few things: -The fibers will in fact accept the coloring. -The composition of the Woodland Scenics fibers seems to work best. -Grays are relatively straight forward to create which is great. My biggest hurdle…


Earth Toned Grass

The importance of a model railroad scenic feature can often be measured by the layout surface area it covers. By that measure, grass falls at the top of the list. Given it’s importance, it’s odd that it isn’t talked about more. For the most part it gets a passing treatment on layouts at best. One…


Downtown Spur Operations

On December 28, 2018 Tolga Erbora caught Y120 working The Downtown Spur in full daylight and filmed it’s entire switching sequence in an outstanding YouTube documentary. One of the biggest advantages of modeling the present is that research information is so easily attainable. For example you can make site visits to measure and photograph structures,…


Model Railroading As Art

This week I finally finished and released my latest book, Model Railroading As Art.  Of all the books I’ve done so far, this was by far, the most challenging.  Articulating the subjective, artistic concepts in this case, is no easy task.  About half way through the project I took a hiatus and went to night…


Finally, Some Water!

I wanted to get one of the water scenes in as it takes away some of the guesswork as to what the overall composition is supposed to be.  Aerials indicate the bay is essentially a teal hue which I created using a 50/50 mix of blue and green acrylic craft paints.  When that dried, I…