Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Curiosities of Locomotive Design

Puffing Billy image as found here in the public domain.

Curiosities of Locomotive Design was republished by the Catskill Archive and features several fanciful locomotive designs that lead up to "present day" steam locomotive design. This is an interesting treatise was taken from Angus Sinclair's "Development of the Locomotive Engine, Railway and Locomotive Engineering—September-December, 1907

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Narrow Gauge Burma Mines Railway (Myanmar)

Burma Mines Railway, Railtruck to Namtu


Japanese Hino truck converted to run on a two foot line

Burma Mines Railway, steam train from Namtu to Lopah, Myanmar (2 foot line)



No 42, a 2-6-2, Bagnall, built in 1928, hauls a FarRail charter train from Namtu to Lopah.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A HO Model Train Layout with Animated Details



I wouldn't say that this layout has thousands of details, but it does have more than few mechanical details and a lot of interior lighting and detail. There are, what sounds to me like German ambience sounds that helps with the overall effect the video clip.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Hot Wheels Snowspeeder AKA T-47 Airspeeder


"Are the speeders ready?"
"Not yet. We're having some trouble adapting them to the cold."

―Han Solo and the Deck officer

The T-47 was manufactured by the Incom Corporation, and were modified by the Rebel Alliance forces on Hoth. The T-47 was adapted for Hoth’s extreme cold temperatures. The modified speeders were renamed Snowspeeders by the rebel forces and seated two crew members.

The idea here was to give you a before and after shot of this Hot Wheels vehicle, however the shot I took before my enhancements and weathering did not turn out all that well.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Game of Thrones White Walkers

White Walker Chief, Game of Thrones

"In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds."

Old Nan

I had hoped to get this posted last month as one of my horror posts. Although I still have a few posts remaining for this year, I am rethinking my purpose for this blog. Don't seem to get the same feeling of accomplishment as I once did.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Model Railroading Directories

Since the modelroading season is quickly approaching I thought I might offer my model railroad enthusiasts some model railroading resources. I just came across to extensive directory's that feature links to model railroading sites

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Miniaturists Take on Decay

A House on a slope (Part 35)

Although this page explains how to age boards for your miniature projects, you really to spend some time on this site, there is simply so much inspiring work here.

What makes this site so unique are the many different techniques he presents to make his creations look dilapidated and in likely stages of decay.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland

Disney at its best. This fifteen minute video features a few of the more memorial scenes from the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland exhibit.





The creator of a condensed Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland On30 model railroad has been making posts about the progress he has made his model railroad since January 2014. Although his model railroad is "complete" he still maintains his layout and will be making posts when he makes any substantial changes. To get a feel of the process please start on the bottom of his archives and work your way up to the present.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Barman Continues

“Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green,
There hath he lain for age and will lie.
Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by men and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise.”

A line from Lord Tennyson’s The Kraken; Only the End of the World Again, Neil Gaiman. As found in Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Barmen Speaks

“Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepth…"

A line from Lord Tennyson’s The Kraken; Only the End of the World Again, Neil Gaiman. As found in Lovecraft’s Monsters, edited by Ellen Datlow.

Reaper Hordling Miniatures

As you can plainly see I haven’t opened the Reaper’s # 77335, Hordlings sprue package. Reaper’s Dark Haven Bones line and are cast from plastic. The hordling in the center reminds me Lovecraft’s Cthulhu character, albeit, a smaller version of this massive mystical creature. I don't know how tall these miniatures are exactly, but they look about an inch to a inch and half tall.

I have so many projects that I could be working on, however I find myself continuing to purchase more items that will have to be added to my projects list. If the truth be known I really don’t have an extensive projects list and typically forget about what I have purchased. The latest acquisition becomes the latest project and the new workbench is starting to become over crowed with half built or half-completed projects. It is all quite madding; just in time for the ghoulish season.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

How To Scratch Build Your Own Model Railway Buildings

I have made a couple of attempts using embossed paper for structures, but I haven't been impressed with the results. How To Scratch Build Your Own Model Railway Buildings is a complete tutorial, that is from start to finish, on how to create a small track layers shack out of brick embossed paper. Using the techniques I learned here I might have have another go at it.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Wonderfest 2018

It might be a little dated, but here are a couple of videos of this years WonderFest convention from Finescale Modeler. 

Part 1




Part 2