Welcome to my Website. Thank you for visiting and for your interest in my kits.
Like most of the modellers out there today, I was born in the 40's and just at the right age in the 50's when toy trains were the "in" thing. As great as they were, they cannot compare to what is available today. As a young child I always had a tube of glue on hand, making something in miniature with whatever materials I had. I think what really got me started was when I was about 5 years old; a next-door neighbour was going to college to be an architect and he showed me a model of a home that he had built in HO scale. Boy, what a mistake that was. I was knocking at his door daily to see it. Well, he must of gotten sick of me as one day he said, "Here. Take it home." I don't know what happened to it but I sure wish I had it today.
I later took up woodworking in high school and have done that most of my life, building 3 new homes with all the fixings and lots of fine furniture. When I turned 50 I wanted a new hobby and thought that model trains could be it. I ordered a Hydrocal® craftsman kit and when it arrived I opened the box and the first thing I said was, "I can do this." That is how it all started 10 years ago. No one showed me how to do it — it was all by trial and error.
My castings are blowhole free, flat and square. Very little has to be done to them. They are also very complex, not just a square block. It takes three months from start to finish to produce a prototype before production can start. All the bricks are scribed by hand with an exacto knife, not by using a plastic mold like most manufacturers. I can't tell you how nerve racking it is – make one mistake and you start over. All the windows and doors must be in the right place otherwise you'll end up with different size bricks, and the width and height have to be correct too! About half of my buildings are make-believe, the other half are real buildings which I embellish.
Please call me anytime after 7am and up to 8pm est, seven days a week to chat, purchase, whatever.