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United Northwest Model Train Show

February 4, 2012 We visited the first day of this year’s 21st Annual United Northwest Model Railroad Show, benefiting the Snohomish County 4-H Foundation, at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA. The show this year, as with previous years, is housed in a 50,000…


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Salzburg Toy Museum

June 1, 2010 The Toy Museum in Salzburg houses Austria’s biggest collection of historical and famous toys from all over Europe. For over 25 years, this room holds the “Kasperltheater” puppet show every Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 pm. A large collection of paper theaters and…


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The Emporium Seafood Company

Completed in October 2007, this kit took me over a year to complete. I worked on it off and on. It was a challenging kit. There’s more than one kit here – can you name the other one in the scene? I hand-laid the track…


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Logging Rail Cars

In September 2004 I completed a set of HO scale logging cars by for a customer. About the same time, I completed an O scale set for another customer.  Both sets were based on the fine Sierra West kits.  I really enjoyed building these and…


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Ezra Cooper’s Garage

I always wanted to build this kit as a boy, but never did. Later in 2004 I finally bought one on eBay and built it. I just love all the tiny details in this kit.  I remember opening that box for the first time and…


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Roadside Delights

I completed this special edition kit in December 1993. This is pure 1900’s Americana in miniature and is one of the first kits to depict a city block. Photos of the completed kit:


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Swakhammer Welding Company

This is the first model railroad craftsman kit I ever built. I started it before I left Beaverton, Oregon in about 1988 and I finished it while living in Bellevue, WA in December 1991.  I learned a lot about building and detailing a kit when…