Welcome to Pacific Coast Trains! Please enjoy this collection of scale model photos, reference materials, and other railroad-related and scale model topics. I've also thrown in some of my travel photography, an offshoot of taking a lot of train pictures.
The site contains information on scale modeling (HO scale railroad, and 1/72 aircraft and armor): kit reviews, in-progress builds, and finished models, as well as prototype photos. I have also dabbled with painting miniature figures, mostly fantasy/Dungeons & Dragons style, of both plastic and metal.
My primary hobby interest is model railroading, but also railfanning the prototype.This site includes: prototype photos and some of my favorite locations; and pictures of HO scale models, both of my own collection as well as some that are for sale.
I've rediscovered an interest in military modeling, primarily smaller scale (1/72).I enjoy aircraft and armor, and tend to like the more colorful schemes. I also have some photos of prototypes as well.
Another outlet of free time is painting miniature figures.I work with 25mm figures, from a variety of manufacturers. I'm inspired by a lot of great work by others!
An offshoot of learning to take better train pictures, I've kindled an interest in photography in general.I have been lucky enough to travel overseas extensively, and would spend a lot of time walking my destinations, looking for interesting photos.
I have created this site in part to share techniques and results. You can see more about various techniques here. In general, I believe that anyone can learn to produce outstanding looking models that resemble the prototype cars/vehicles/whatever that are seen in the wild. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who have helped me, and regularly read/re-read those sources which provide guidance and inspiration. the amount of talent producing phenomenal models is hard to believe. Even after years of this, I still am learning, and as products and techniques are developed, I'm hungry for more.
I develop certain styles and approaches that I go back to again and again, and it does tend to make my models look somewhat alike. That's why incorporating new techniques (while fun) is a valuable way to provide variety in modeling, which is more like what we see anyway. Sure I'll do a few cars in a very similar style, but am consciously trying to mix things up as well. This is supposed to be fun after all!
I now live in the San Francisco Bay area, which itself has a number of interesting railroad destinations. Some of my favorites include: Oakland (Jack London Square and the UP yards just north and south of it); traffic up and down the Peninsula; the freight yard in Martinez, CA; and the coast lines up in Pinole, CA.