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Stunning paper scratchbuilding from Wes Morland

This is a scratched model of the Biograph theatre, which is in Chicago, on Lincoln Ave, where Dillenger was captured and just steps away from the Vallentines day massacre. As a life long Chicagoan, I know this building very well and I can say with confidance, Wess nailed it. He tells us that most of it came from his paper scrap bin and that it’s the skills learned working with our kits that allowed this amaizing paper structure to come to life.


So much to do

When is so much too much?

Just got off the phone with a friend, who is digging a whole in the ground for a clueless employer so that she can eventually fall into said hole. Mainly so she can make car payments. How useless is that, yet most of us find ourselves in that situation sometimes.

The other side is being a freelancer who never knows when the next paying gig is coming (and sometimes its a long wait). As a freelance contractor, most of my career, I have had some financially challanged times. (especially the last 4 years) Designing the kits for Clever Models has filled many hours that would have been spent with less healty activity. At the moment a computer animation project is squandering my time and I am happy about it. I’ve been developing some new tools and they are finally showing results and I get to make some real money. I’m glad. I need to make some real money for a change, and I enjoy doing the CG animation.


I got a boat load of new kits to finish. Al least 6 major model kits and a whole line of gamer stuff to roll out. Not to mention all the fast turn around patching and emailing, etc., etc., that is the daily CM stuff.

Being a Clever Brother doesen’t pay very well, (or at all sometimes) but It Makes ME HAPPY.


Some good news that has nothing to do with us

 When was the last time you actually saw a NEW train shop? Keith Lipske has done just that. he and his wife Pam Yano have opened Timberline Train Shop in downtown Downers Grove IL.

I can only applaude the guts and obvious love for the hobby. I noticed the very nice looking shop while in the burbs on business, a friend calling it out to me. While it wasn’t open, (They are open Tues thru Sat) I coulden’t help but notice how sharp it looked. It’s in a very nice area on the main street of down town Downers Grove.

Kieth doesen’t carry our products (yet) and I don’t care. We wish him great success. If you’re within 50 miles go out for a visit (you might mention us).

But for occasional shows, we are a on line business, but as a hobby we need brick and mortar hobby shops for the health of our hobby.


OOPS! I did it again.

Hi everyone.  Apparently the “updated” HO version of McElder’s has a flaw.  The update page is missing.  The page that has the storefront without the graphics.  This only affects the HO kit, the O scale kit is fine.  I will be attempting to track down all of you who bought the kit and send you the additional page as well as fixing the file.  Just in case I don’t find all of you, if you bought the kit, drop me a note at <>.  That way I’ll be able to verify that I’ve found everyone.  Hopefully the kit will be fixed in a couple of hours.