From time to time, I've shared the work of other modelers in my small circle of friends. Today's photos come from my friend Paul who is a steel mill modeler. I've posted some of his work previously but this is the latest result of his efforts.
As I've mentioned previously, steel mills are pretty much drab, dirty pieces. New things don't stay that way for long and dirt, grime & rust are pretty much the order of the day. That and strength... most everything in a steel mill is oversized to carry the extra weight of the heavy work.
To me, one of the most remarkable things about the work that Paul does is that he uses a variety of scraps to create loads and other additions to his vehicles. Most of the stuff you see on the trucks and added to them is just everyday, ordinary junk that we all have laying around on our work bench or in the proverbial scrap box. What's more, almost all of his vehicles come from simple, easy to find stuff like Matchbox toys and the cheapies that you find at places like Wal-mart and the Dollar Tree.
As I've said so many times before... modeling need not be expensive if you take the time to look around for simple things that can be substituted for the more expensive items that you want to use to add those extra details to your layout.