Photographing Scale Models

Model building is a visual hobby, and while it is enough for many to enjoy their models live, taking good photographs of your models can be quite satisfying.

The image above of my Bachmann On30 Mogul was taken on a small and simple photo diorama that I originally created to photograph HO and HOn30 models.

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Picorelli’s Ice Cream Parlor

One of the first wooden kits I have built in HO scale is the Picorelli’s Ice Cream Parlor, made by JL Innovative Design.

Despite not being a plastic kit, which I usually do, it was pretty easy to build. I used the color scheme pictured on the box, as it made for a quite distinctive building.

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The Augusta & New Arcadia Railroad – The Concept

When creating a freelanced model railroad, it helps to visualise things – at least for me – in order to create a coherent and somewhat realistic world.

Because questions arise when building the individual models, like:

  • Where do the railroad go?
  • How old is it?
  • What does the terrain surrounding the settlements look like?
  • What is transported on the railroad – passengers, goods and which types?
  • What gauges are used – standard, narrow or even broad?
  • Is the railroad connected to other railroads? Are cars interchanged?

Instead of trying to keep most of it in my head and forgetting lots of it, I decided to draw a map, just like in the old days of being a gamemaster of Dungeon & Dragons with my friends 🙂

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The Seventh Castle I

Modelling with physical objects is very rewarding, especially if your work day is full of digital work. But sometimes modelling in a digital world can be very rewarding as well, as beautiful landscapes and lighting can provide wonderful backgrounds for your work.

In this series of post, I would like to share the progress of the Seventh Castle – a fortress built in creative mode in the game 7 Days to Die.

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Painting a Minitrains Passenger Car

The rugged mountains surrounding the city of Augusta still in the 1930’s have few roads, so small narrow gauge rail lines are still needed to provide transportation between the towns.

Passenger car #279 is one of the unsung heroes of this transport, being neither grand nor comfortable, it does however provide service to the people living in the great mountain range.

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