Monday, November 22, 2021

Monday Messin' Around

I spent an enjoyable afternoon yesterday tearing up rethinking Middletown a bit and even took a quick roadtrip to the prototype town to shoot some backdrop photos and get a better sense of the area. That's one of the biggest blessings of modeling something you're not only familiar with, but close to - quick, onsite field trips are easy. It'd sure be different if I was modeling Colorado!

ANYway, I'll get into what's going on in Middletown in a future post. But for now, I'll share some quick grab shots I took yesterday while mulling Middletown...

My dad has a 1946 Ford Business Coupe so when I saw this in a pile of HO scale cars and trucks, I had to get it. While it's a '47/'48 model, it's black with silver accents just like dad's car. And of course, it fits my era perfectly. Ol' Chet will have some fun toodling around the Valley Line in this. . .

It seems like forever since Don Janes and Greg Stubbings visited the Valley Line - actually, it was 4 years ago last week(!) But in addition to the memories of their visit, a lasting momento was supplied by Don who worked his weathering wizardry on one of my wagontop boxcars. It just looks so great, I had to take some photos of it along with my recent scenery efforts. Chet apparently approves...

The iPhone SE does a decent job of taking modeling/layout photos, but I'd really like to get a camera that does focus stacking (or maybe there's some iPhone software that'll do it) for better depth of field. I heard earlier today that the Canon EOS R5 does it - and saw the amazing results! - but almost 4 large for just the body is a bit way out of my price range...

So for now, I'll just content myself with some grab shots and just messin' around.


  1. You Have a fantastic layout Chris! As a fellow New Haven modeler, I was wondering if you could tell me where you were able to find those "Stop Look and Listen" crossbucks? I've been looking all over for some of those but can't seem to find any commercially produced ones.

    1. Howdy! Sorry I'm just now seeing this... but the short answer is that they were scratchbuilt. Graphic printed directly onto very thin styrene then glued to a piece of rail, like the prototype (well, the prototype was bolted on, but you get the idea ;^) Happy Holidays!

    2. And thanks very much for the compliment!