Monthly Archives: January 2009

My downtown revitalization program is now under way…


One of the hazards of doing a project is the effect it can have on previous work.

My N scale layout was given to me by a retired architect and the evidence of his craft is everywhere. The street are perfectly laid out as only an architect can, using various scenic items available to that trade. The buildings are not weathered and nicely assembled. While not accurate in every way—the sidewalks are a glaring example—it has a certain charm that I cannot in good conscience violate. In short, should this man or any of his relatives come by, I want them to recognize his work.

—But—

…it is now my layout and I am going to personalize it with some of my own additions, only with the idea that they don’t take away from the original. I’ve added several light effects including traffic lights, working police flashers and welding effects.

With the pharmacy project completed, one thing that had to go was the wide sidewalks to either end of merchant’s row as seen in the final picture of Feinstein’s. I found that by moving both ends out, it gave me a space a little over an inch wide to drop a small shop in between. With that, a small pizzeria named after my two children was born, cobbled together from the scrap box with HO scale windows glued side by side and other scrap bits…

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It still awaits paint and a sign but it definitely takes merchant’s row in the right direction without compromising the layout builder’s style. The narrower sidewalk looks much better and now the kids have a place named for them as well.

BTW…you ain’t lived until you’ve heard the words, “Uh oh.” in a child like voice, coming from the vicinity of your trains.

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Wednesday’s Word…


And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king. And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people. Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.

Feinstein’s Pharmacy, Part II


…this has been a welcome treat. I burned myself out sometime back on how-tos that greatly affected my desire to do modeling of any substance. I think I’m coming out of that funk…

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…what do you think?

UPDATE: A fellow modeler rightly asks to see the base kit before my modifications. It is originally one of two that come in a kit from Model Power. I removed the front and right sides. Other than removing the small corner glue point on the right, there were no other modifications made to the basic kit.

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As with most of my bashes, I go for what looks right and use few fixed measurements. If you’re interested in doing something similar, I can give you a few basic dimensions to run with but that’s about it. I hope this helps you along should you decide to do it yourself. You can follow it’s progress in a more detailed manner over at the N Scale forum under sleeper33’s “A tribute to MEDMAN (I was thinking)”.

Feinstein’s Pharmacy in Newark, New Jersey…


…in N scale. In honor of a modeler who recently passed away and spurred on by other efforts over at the N Scale forum, I plan on finishing out my recuperation by building a fairly close model of this pharmacy.

Dimensions don’t need to be critical so long as anyone familiar with this location can see it at first glance and know what it is without prompting. I’ll be using a Model Power hardware store as a base.

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The keys to success will lie in reproducing the wall mural, roof line and color, I’m looking forward to this and will keep you posted.