Saturday, May 2, 2015

Making a wall mold

A friend lent me a cast resin retaining wall he had used for his HO waterfront railroad. It's a long wall and the stones are large enough to use it for O scale. So I mounted it on a sheet of Plexiglass and made a mold from it. I used Micro Mark 10 to one casting rubber. I chose the rubber because of it's high strength and its ability to resist tearing. It should give me dozens of plaster and resin castings without showing any signs of wear.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rebuilding the Sea Port display

I've posted a lot of photos of the Sea Port Model Works trade show display. I built it in 2008 and it's time to incorporate several changes. Like everything else it's become "familiar" and needs a facelift.

I'd like all the structures on the display to be scratchbuilt and reflect my early years working on the waterfront north of Boston. I had a lobster business and because of it I got to visit some of the most iconic waterfront settings imaginable. As a kid I kept a sketchbook of some of these settings and was able to refer to my images for many years of model building. The sketchbook is long gone but the sketches remain locked into the right side of my brain. As I rebuild this display I'll post photos.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

St Barth's

So here we are, our 20th year on St. Barth's. This is one of the three beaches we like. It's Governor (pronounced Goo-VEN-orr), a beach on the south side of the island. If the wind is from the south we go to another beach on the north side.
We like it here. No tourist BS!

More EXPO model contest photos

More examples of great model building on display at the EXPO.

Monday, April 6, 2015

EXPO crew and helpers

Here's the crew of the model railroad EXPO. The guys with the red shirts are the "owners" and the others are volunteers. The fellow standing next to me (I'm in the light blue shirt with a big gut) is Chicago radio personality Bill Michaels who, along with Bob Mitchell (loud necktie,) were the hosts of the model contest and banquet. Two very funny guys!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Little Engines

Here's a scene from my old HOn30 C & DR Ry. I love the size comparison between the narrow gauge engine and a rather small HO standard gauge engine. The little engine was a 0-4-0 converted to a Forney by adding a passenger truck under the tender. I still have the engine almost 50 years later and it still runs, but not very well compared to today's MiniTrainS.