GET TO KNOW HOWARD ZANE
literally entered the hobby at age 3 with my dad, who had a HUGE
pike. Although I did not assist in building this masterpiece, I
learned how to do almost everything in the hobby from Dad and his
friends, and I was infected by the "train bug." Dad's layout was
rather advanced and he pioneered many techniques which are now
standard. Every structure was scratch-built on this 1:48 pike. It
was this experience that drove me into industrial design and
architecture….and of course into model railroading.
I went on to earn a degree in industrial design from NYU and graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1961. Several years were also spent in Europe studying fine art and advanced design at Universities of London and Paris. The Army eventually got me as a reluctant guest at first, then taught me about airplanes and helicopters, and after many years in the service, I went on to commercial flying for a total of 18 years. Then at age 39, my love of fine art beat out flying, so I began an industrial design firm, and also turned to painting and sketching. My design firm, “Imagery” specialized in designing, fabricating and installing sales centers for new housing projects. Many times presentations required scale models of homes, which I built. This was how I learned styrene techniques, as 95% of my models were constructed from Plexiglas and Styrene. I also did over a thousand renderings using several techniques. Now, since I have discovered Mt. Albert Scale Lumber, I use basswood whenever possible.
My "other love" is music, so when I clipped my wings,
I also returned to folk music, playing the 5 string banjo clawhammer
style, the guitar, and several other instruments. My wife Sandy and
I are members of the "New Southern Cowtippers." And what could
possibly be better than a song about a train? See and hear us in
2013 performance at the Potomac River Jam.
Please forgive my scowl - I was really very happy.
I no longer construct exclusively from styrene; high rise, concrete,
metal faced, and brick faced buildings will be still constructed
from super-braced styrene and natural wood used were deemed
appropriate. Decades ago I worked exclusively in wood, but the
quality of what then was available drove me into styrene
construction. I have over the years learned and pioneered several
techniques with this medium, but quality wood has always been my
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