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Change isn't easy but its a good thing

I just finished an impossibly small model of a coal skip.  You know one of those portable conveyors that can be moved around to load trucks and hoppers.  Well it’s tiny in HO.  I’m sure my brother would have no problem but I am at best a mediocre builder.  I always figure, if I can build it any one can.

Well that’s not the point here.  What is the point is that I needed a place on my layout to put it.

When the City Harbor Line was first built it was for a display at shows, (still is) but I built it fast and needed to fill up space.  A logical layout to buildings was secondary to showing off the kits.  Now that it’s up in my dinning room, where I continue to work on it, I find I’ve built myself into several corners.  As I add details and create scenes, I realize that I have spaces that are either too small or too big for the new stuff I want to do.  If you saw the layout at a show you might remember that I have a very nice kind of flat right along the front edge.  Just a long warehouse kind of thing.  Not one of our kits but kit bashed from leftovers and textures.  I really like this building, kind of attached to it, so ripping out 18” of model to make room for a 1/2” coal loader was a a tough decision.  I did it and Im happy I did.  The layout is designed to be viewed from all sides, but there is a front and that was it.  So now instead of seeing the back of a flat, I have a clear sight line into the layout.  It doesen’t look as good from the back now, but I’ll deal with that later.  I now have access to a new team track with a loader and an as yet unbuilt loading dock.

The point is, don’t get too attached to your work.  If something is bugging you as not right, follow your instinct and if necessary rip it out.

I didn’t waste my old work though.  The long warehouse got cut into 3 pieces and now fills gaps in the Iron works that is taking shape on the third module.




What's OLD is NEW again. (MAYBE)

Well friends, we’ve been struggling with an issue that just keeps coming back.  Apparently there are still many of you out there that want “pre-printed” kits.  It seems like just when I think they are gone for good, we get a bunch of requests.  Even at the high prices (relative to discs and downloads).  So my question to you all out ther is, should we bring them back?  If we do, it will probably be at slightly elevated prices and in limited availiability.  We might even do a pre-sale type of thing, where we announce which kit will be available and tell you to send your money.  In about a month, or so, you will get your kit(s).  I’m looking for your feedback.  ANY comments are are fair game.  Even if you thing it’s a dumb idea.  You can comment on this posting here, or if you would like a little privacy, send your ideas to  I’m not saying that you will get a personal reply, or possibly any reply at all.  I DO want to know what you think.

Dave Miecznikowski


The 3 foot rule

You know it’s a funny thing.  Some old school self proclaimed expert will come around and spout his wisdom about our paper models.  “Well, I suppose its ok for background stuff, The 3 foot rule and all.” Then I’ll see the same guy bending over with  his nose so close to my layout, that I’m worried about his beer gut getting the better of his balance and there goes a chunk of my hard work.

Three foot rule my shiny hiney.  At Clever Models we work to a three INCH rule.

I was working on my layout, the one that travels around.  I had a real rough “just the walls,no detail” version of our Mercantile.  That’s the triangular one.
It fit so many different places.  I could probably use four of them.  I catch my self thinking “if only it were brick” Duuuuhhh, why not?  So I spent the afternoon drinking coffee and created (or recreated) “Olsen’s Coffee, Importers and Roasters.”  I have to say this is gonna be a winner.  I’m going home to build it right now and I’ll post pix in a few days.


some nice builds from Jay

Jay Duval is new to paper modeling.  He’s made some impressive models and I want to share them.

There are a couple more and I will share them soon.