Arcadia, Ohio, DA Tower Pt. V

Milepost 1083 I really couldn’t believe this but by far, the hardest part of the project was the installation of the stairs & landing.  I was using pre-cast Plastruct steps, stair railings and platform railings; it should have been a piece of cake… but it...

Arcadia, Ohio, DA Tower Pt. IV

Milepost 1082 Ok, it’s time for some odds & ends here to keep moving forward.  The picture above doesn’t sow it well but I made a brief trip to the paint shop to paint the interior of the tower a kind of light, industrial-looking green.  I had no idea...

Arcadia, Ohio, DA Tower Pt. III

Milepost 1081 Up to this point, things went reasonably well and were relatively easy to complete.  But then came the roof… When I was in high school, geometry was something that I literally killed.  I did very well, in part, because I could “see” how...

Arcadia, Ohio, DA Tower — Pt. II

Milepost 1080 In the last installment, we drew & cut walls and then made the window & door openings.  I can’t stress how nicely that works “for me…” as the saying goes, your mileage may vary.  But now it’s on to assembling walls and...

Arcadia, Ohio, DA Tower — Pt. 1

Milepost 1079 Several months ago, I shared with you that I was planning on building a model of Arcadia, Ohio’s DA Tower.  There were actually two that were there; one pictured here was the wooden which was later replaced by a brick one.  The brick one was removed...

Soak Therapy

Don’t say/ Words you’re gonna regret  –  Alan Parsons Project Water cannon, anyone? Seems that during this current voting season, the truth, in many instances, has taken a backseat to embellishment. To be fair, some voters like being lied to,...

Hip Roofs Revisited

Milepost 1078 A very long time ago, I wrote a piece here about scratchbuilding hip roofs.  Just to review, a hip roof is one with all four sides having the same slope to the top.  If the building isn’t square, then there is a ridge along the top of the roof where...

Scratchbuilt Boxcar

Milepost 1077 My friend Ray has been at it again.  I swear, that guy is the King of Styrene.  Give him a handful of strip styrene & some styrene sheeting and it’s hard to tell what he’ll come up with.  In this case, it’s a boxcar. According to...

The Mis-Education of Eric

Does anybody really know was time it is?  –  Chicago Comes a news report of singer Lauryn Hill being two hours late for her concert in Atlanta. Anything’s possible: a tour bus malfunction, wrong directions, bad weather. But Ms. Hill’s...

A Friend’s NKP O Scale Caboose

Milepost 1076 This looks like a kitbash project to me! As part of our booth display at the NTS coming up in July, I wanted to have a few examples of NKP models on display for show visitors to see.  So I asked my friend David if he would kindly loan me a couple of models...