Penn Central Stockton Branch

Chapter 6: Getting Down to Business

At the outset of the project, I had planned to utilize stock kits as much as possible since
all of my tools and supplies were in storage, and I had almost no room in which to work.
But, for one thing, it created some awkward scenes that simply didnít flyóbig buildings in
the foreground blocking the view of everything behind, implausible juxtapositions, and so on.
For another, itís not my MO; I really enjoy kitbashing, and the whole point of the exercise,
after all, was to enjoy myself. Plus, I sought particular combinations of industrial and urban
buildings, and after some hemming and hawing I finally acknowledged this could only be
achieved through careful planning and concerted effort.

From the storage unit I collected a bare minimum of tools and such: one X-Acto knife,
a ruler, tweezers, a few nail files, various glues and solvents, several brushes, and about
a dozen bottles of paint. I also grabbed a soldering iron and my trusty little micro-table
saw, which I must use sparingly as Iím living off-grid. A small cutting mat just barely fits
on my lone tableóalternating with my computer keyboard as necessaryówhile the layout
occupies half of my bed. (Yes, Iíve been sleeping with my layout; let the jokes commence.)
And I make frequent trips to the storage unit to retrieve and return boxes of kits, kit parts
and other supplies. Itís quite the logistics exercise.

Thereís no evident rhyme or reason to the order in which work is done (which is hardly
unusual). Iíll start one building, and let it sit half-finished while Iíll start two others; then
Iíll have an idea about one that would inspire changes to others either already begun or
still on the drawing board. Everything remains fluid. If thereís one thing Iíve learned over
the years, itís that building a layout is non-linear process. I donít believe any form of artó
and I assert modeling is an artóis ever linear, or even could be, simply because creativity
is a non-linear, non-quantifiable, unpredictable driving force.

At any rate, here are summaries of the layoutís various projects, as well as explanations
of my choices and changes (which afford a glimpse into how my twisted brain worksóas
if anyone really cares). So here we go:

  1. Haber Manufacturing
  2. Spanoís Service Station
  3. Rearden Metal Fabrication
  4. Stephen A. Greene and Sons
  5. Lucas Industries/The Weller Company
  6. Central Point Fuel Oil
  7. Dickís Welding
  8. The Coal Trestle
  9. Stock Tower (finished)
  10. Penn Central Freight
  11. Southwest Stockton
  12. Stockton Apartments South/Tanna Hill Tenements
  13. Scenery and Suchlike

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