On earlier pages of the blog you’ve seen posts by other people in the design department about their activities outside of work. Here’s my contribution:
Last week I attended the National Model Railroad Association’s convention and train show in Anaheim, California. My club, the ’20s & ’30s Modular Model Railroad, set up our 50′ x 50′ HO train layout that depicts U.S. railroading between WWI and WWII. Each member builds one or more 6′ x 30″ modules. The club supplies the corners and a rail yard.
My section, depicting a ficticious suburb in southern California in 1939, received the Best in Show award. This photo shows the entire six foot wide unit with close-up details below. I scratchbuilt about half of the buildings from sheet styrene following photos and measurements taken of actual structures. The others I built from kits. To get an idea of the small size of the models, the vehicles are about an inch and a half long. Some of the cars, like the dark Buick at the gas station, are five-piece resin kits: four wheels and one more piece for the rest of the car. Building it means a lot of masking and sanding in tight places. The chrome is Bare Metal foil (a very thin self-adhesive flexible foil that is burnished in place then trimmed to shape with a hobby knife.
As a group entry, the entire ’20s & ’30s club display received the first place award. I built the Packard dealership and the surrounding model cars on another module. The rest of the photos show some of the work by other club members on their sections.