Inspiration for the spaces between

My recollection of August in Ontario is of a landscape weary of the summer’s heat and sun, but desperate to hold on rather than giving in to the autumn that is just around the corner. I remember the seed heads of ochre grass bobbing against my thighs as they launched grasshoppers whose wings flashed briefly […]

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A touch of paint

There is a truism in modelling that the surface is all anyone sees.  So, in preparation for a visit from the North Shore Model Railroaders, I quickly dabbed some paint on all the blue foam insulation.  The paint is Rona recycled “Clay,” which is a pretty close match for the gravel ballast. Suddenly the scenery stops […]

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The Consistency of Oatmeal

After years of hearing about it, I decided to give Lou Sassi’s ground goop a try.  I found a few online resources with the recipe, including a video on the Model Railroader site, with Lou himself mixing it up.  The recipe I found was one part Cellulite one part fine vermiculite one part dirt-coloured paint […]

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Pembroke Potato Fields

One of the benefits of modelling a prototype location is that you don’t have to make it up. Until David Estabrooks’s recent posting to Facebook, I was expecting that the land to the south of Alfred Street was bush.  However, we can clearly see that there was a field of vegetables, and from the spacing, potatoes seem […]

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Pembroke South Stacked

Pembroke starts to peter out as we move further south.  By the time we get to Lee Manufacturing at the south extremity of the layout, houses have disappeared, to be replaced by potato fields and pastures.  Aside from the factory and a cattle pen, the only structures belong to the roundhouse. The Mary Street bridge, […]

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North Section of Pembroke Stacked

How hard can it be?  I’ve seen countless people stack layers of extruded polystyrene to rough in the contours of their layouts.  Yeah, yeah, I figured out that the inside corners of the steps dictate the slope, not the edges that will get smoothed off.  It looks easy!  Well, to quote Michelangelo, “I am still […]

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