Ali is my friend, born in Iraq and now a refugee in Turkey. He uses his art to release his inner spirit. Even when the world around you is falling apart Art has a way of bringing the light back in from the darkness.

I recognise that I am nobody. My art is created to suit me, my hobby, life. In fact one of the most, ridiculous things I ever heard was, you need to take a break from the Hobby. A hobby is often the only legal self-medicating procedure this world has. And I partake with fervour, so does my new friend.

Well, I ask Michael Paul Smith to have a chat about what drives his hobby. And what do you know, we found Common Ground.

You can view more of Michaels work here at http://www.visitelginpark.com/

You will never know how thankful I am for the modellers that are in my periphery. I am literally surrounded by amazing artists who are quite satisfied with their art, and less so with fame. To me, it is really humbling to see what the difference is between a wealthy modeller and one that scrapes by with only the tools he needs.

Like a cheapo camera and simple household lamps for "studio lighting"

Please enjoy while I interview my latest Patreon supporter, Chester Fesmire. And hey, if you are not a Patron that is ok, you can see the interview too.

These resin kits are a blast if you know what you're doing. And even if you don't, the exploded diagram is all you need, right?

https://www.artitecshop.com/en/railroad-ferry.html

I found a stem armature that looked like a tree. But was a wee bit too big to be anything other than a willow tree.

A week later I am working on the honey do list and find that hot chilly pepper roots look just like branches of a tree.

Some paint, craft glue, and various ground cover junk. And I do mean junk, a tree is born.

Sign-making 101

17 May 2017
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Ok, not everything I do ends up in failure. Sometimes I stick with it till it works. Other times I run away screaming NOOO!!! We also see what happens when you try and lock the ol' lady out of the room.

I was requested by a modeler to share everything I know about signs. After they watched me mask my Son's name on his tablet. He was going on a trip and I wanted to make sure if some kid stole it (he is autistic and is a target), that kid (i hope it would be a kid, really) would have to hide his thieving butt to remove said signage.

No I messed up on a technique I saw somebody "talk about" before. I wanted to make sure I knew how to do it. I failed, it was hilarious. But I also shared a number of valid technique y'all might like. So check them out.

Ibrahim's Etsy Store https://www.etsy.com/shop/ibrahimminiature

How I make my scenic dirt, that is capable of passing in any scale.

Homemade wall vines made of moss.

A Model Railroad resource should strive to make its readers feel able to achieve goals, not just basic goals, the doozies that take a few tries to accomplish. Founded by Ron Pare.