I started scratch building structures for two main reasons........I could
achieve exactly what I would envision for a particular site. The second
reason being simply....I could! Meaning I have a fine arts degree plus years
of graduate study in architecture and design. I'm not an architect (my son
is), but I owned an industrial design firm for years and I cut my teeth on
building literally hundreds of architectural models over a 15 year period.
Being a life long model railroader, I have found not only building
structures from my own designs, but the hobby in general is the most
challenging and rewarding form of art that I have ever practiced.
There are many wonderful kits on the market and many talented modelers have
assembled these kits. Only when I visit model railroads, many times I see
the same kits on these layouts.....all built well, but they still appear to
look almost the same. Uniqueness is then somewhat lost in the structures
department of a layout. By scratch building you are creating a unique
look.........whether you build it or have it built. I love to scratch build
on my own layout from my own designs as I feel that this is my art...not
someone else's. In structure building, I will work with your ideas and help
create this unique look for your pike. Even if you purchase one of my own
designs. I will never build two structures exactly alike, further
guaranteeing this uniqueness that I speak of.
I now work with a variety of materials. Some structures are built from sheet styrene (not plastic) as it will
outlast most anything. Sometimes if needed I will work with basswood, but I
have developed ways to make styrene appear as wood. All structures are
super braced, lighted, and lightly weathered to appear realistic. If
requested, I can install most any kind of interior and added details.
I love Appalachian architecture from the 1880's to 1920's, but I'm
comfortable working with designs from most periods and locales.......and
within most themes.
I prefer to mount structures on small dioramas, but can produce just the
building for ease of mounting. Shipping is almost damage free as structure
is glued to a Gatorboard base and fits exactly into a carton glued to the
bottom. Styrene will almost always survive aggressive shipping as will this
method. A simple chisel blade will remove structure from shipping base as I
use contact cement.
Thank you for your interest.