Anyone involved with real estate knows residential areas next to industrial buildings tend to house the low end of society. Notice the lumber mill adjacent to the trailer park.
On the “wrong side of the tracks”, the trailer park couldn’t be situated in a less desirable location.
Trailer Park between tracks and Mill
“Bubble’s shed” as this small building has been dubbed, is filled with cats, shopping carts, and what didn’t fit was placed nearby. Definitely a trashy scene in keeping with the theme.
Bubble's shed near tracks
Barbara talked Rob into painting the characters henceforth called “the trailer park boys.” He almost lost it when she insisted that Julian be holding a glass in one hand. At HO scale, these people are TINY!
Any model train layout should represent the interests of the person who runs it. In the case of my brother’s wife, the interests are sometimes a bit out of the ordinary. She tends to look to the underbelly of society for inspiration.
Sherman’s Crossing is envisioned as an economically depressed small Southern town, off the beaten track. Police raids, serial killers, prisons and accidents are only partly balanced by church scenes.
To keep with Sherman’s Crossing’s image, Barbara wanted to extend the trailer park. Rob ordered additional HO scale mobile home kits from NuConp Miniatures. These are high quality plastic models which have to be assembled and finished by the modeler.
HO Scale mobile home being assembled
Rob drilled holes and added LED interior lighting, white for the main room and blue for the entry. In the pictures here, he had yet to add pin-striping and a touch of paint to the roof vent, the trailer hookup, and the gas tanks.
Interior of HO scale mobile home
Windows were added using clear plastic or, in some cases, parchment paper. Window blinds and curtains were carefully crafted from strapping tape. People were added for interest.
HO scale mobile home window with curtains.
As the town of Sherman’s Crossing develops, keeping in the spirit of a small Southern town, Rob ordered another Maxwell Avenue House from Rix Products. These are unassembled model kits which come in white and need to be finished.
HO scale Maxwell Avenue House
Rob weathered the walls of the house with a simple wash of Raw Umber. He also painted the brick footing around the house and the brick porch with a mix of Burnt Umber and Burnt Rose. (It helps to be an artist.) He then drilled a hole in the roof and added a porch light. The wiring became hidden when the house was glued together.
Having been a railroad enthusiast most of my life, this website will follow the progress of my brothers model train layouts. He recently built a model train room onto his art studio and is currently building an N scale layout for himself and an HO scale layout for his wife. Eventually I anticipate adding my own Z scale layout when I build it. I will also be adding train related stories I have heard over the years.