Mic Greenberg of Champaign, IL
To my family I am loosely referred to as the Great Observer. Although a
kind of inside joke the idea does have some merit. In this case it
relates to the things I see about me all the time.
It has been from a lifetime of observations that I credit some of my
modeling skills. I tend to notice things both man made and natural that
inspire concepts that I then like to portray in miniature.
Take for instance a couple of major modeling undertakings; Pillar Point
Marine Railway or the Pescadero Tank House. Both drew my attention
because of observed points that I found of immense interest. With Pillar
Point it was the carriers for the boats that I found so compelling ?
rails above trenches to achieve the makeshift transfers of the loads.
With the Pescadero Tank House it was the proportion of the building and
tank that appealed so completely.
I am also drawn to the allure and magic of the scenes of the early
Twentieth Century. The mechanical design from this period in machinery
and architecture are a continuing source of fascination. I am also drawn
to the ingenuity and artistic flavor of
homemade pieces that seem to proliferate the landscape from this long
It was in this trance of discovery that I began my modeling in earnest.
Living in Northern California in the late 70s was a boon to the creative
juices. And Bob Brown of Gazette fame was only to happy to give a
newcomer a chance. So in those heady narrow gauge times I won contests
with my 1/4 inch models and was featured in a number of magazine
articles. Now 25 plus years later I am returning to this hallowed place
(1/4 inch modeling) with a new vigor and excitement. I have had a
tremendous response at coming back and feel very privileged to be so
At about the time I began building in earnest that ran into a bubbly man
of enormous energy and enthusiasm. Frank Kappler was just launching his
line of basswood dimensional wood. Just to have access to 1 x 2s in HO
which became 1/2 x 1s in 1/4 inch was most liberating and added breadth
to all projects in scale. I have praised in my Tip Sheets the need for
and the fine tolerances found in the Kappler Wood Line. One thing in
this ever-changing world that can be truly counted on.
Pescadero Tank House