Three attorneys, Dewey, Cheatem & Howe, acquired a rocky, worthless plot of land on the Pacific Coast just west of Los Angeles in 1897. Trying to figure out how to get tourists to go there, they quickly named it Playa Desnuda. Roads were bad, and it took a day to […]

The backstory of Playa Desnuda


Few things scream Southern California than palm trees. I picked up 5 JTT palms that are 3.5 inches tall….I really don’t like palms, so to the rear they go.

I have palm trees


Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, there was an N Scale manufacturer here in Central AZ. Western Railcraft is remembered mainly for making difficult to build interurban kits, but they also made resin tenders…I have a bunch of seconds

I was also given some unique tenders



A few months back, I inherited a trio of Rivarossi steamers, all with Vanderbilt tenders. Of the three, the 2-8-2 is the best runner. I was reading the list of Southern Pacific 2-8-2’s, and some came from the purchase of the El Paso and South Western in 1924….hmmm…..started to read the […]

Pondering on Espeefying a Rivarossi Mike…


and I just had to check out how well the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy S10 works in macro check out all of that sexy lettering

Just got a new phone


I scanned in the walls of the old Sudyam kit into my computer, then I scaled the images to 55%. I then printed it out on heavy cardstock. I then cut out the walls and used them as a template on my brick sheet. I then used a new #11 […]

Started Working on Substation 12