Some of you may have been redirected here while searching for Scale Art Model Services;
that entity no longer exists. SAMS was the banner used for the custom layout building
service that has been disbanded. The crew was my two sons and myself, we have all
moved in other directions. Scott, that’s me, moved to South Texas. Here I have reestablished
my model shop in order to produce Scale Art Parts and do a limited amount of custom
model building. I will consider limited model layout work that would be primarily
as a consultant and/or working with the customer to design and finish a model Railroad
Where parts are concerned, I am not going to revive the shopping cart just yet. I
prefer to address individual customers on a one on one basis. Each order will be
hand cast and filled as a custom request. Use the product pages for part numbers
and price email to me your list of parts and I will respond with a total including
shipping. I will accept checks and money orders for the time being. I know this is
a step backwards, but it kind of dovetails into the theme of life right now. I think
we will enjoy the more personal aspect and each order will get my full attention.
I am open to developing new parts based on individual need. If you want a special
part that is not available for a project, drop me an email and we will discuss what
I can do for you.
I can do custom casting and pattern work.
I am accepting a limited number of commissions for custom model building. For this
I work in any scale and with scratch-build, kit build and kit-bash. Email me to discuss
I will work with you in the construction of your model railroad project. Email me,
lets discuss your needs.
I have begun doing customs installs of “Dead Rail” components in On3 locomotives.
Dead Rail is battery on board radio control. These installs are comprised of a battery,
radio receiver, DCC board, speaker and associated wiring. This is very cool stuff.
Eliminates the need for track wiring and dirty track issues. Email me for more info.
I will be happy to hear from my long time customers and also new friends who have
an interest in what I have to offer. I will be doing a rolling update of this web
site a time and inspiration allow. In the mean time drop me an email and touch base.
One of Scale Art Models most memorable projects was the 4000 Sq. Ft. DWP. A 2 rail
O Scale layout built for a client in Lincoln Nebraska. Scale Art Models did not enjoy
the satisfaction of completing, 100% of the layout. Due to several issues and circumstances
the client suspended our involvement before the project was officially completed.
My sons and I worked on the project for 5+ years. A number of structures are built
from scratch and many scenes are close to prototype. It was an enormous undertaking.
This project nearly did me in, note the white hair and beard, was not so when I started.
We commuted from Denver Colorado to work on the layout. We would stay in Lincoln
for 7-10 days at a time, generally twice a month through the spring, summer and early
fall. We did not travel in the winter. The days we were at the site were intense,
long days to get as much done as possible. We seldom saw the owner during our trips.
He did not enjoy the process of building the layout. Some trips he would visit the
site once, some not at all and we would see him only during our wrap up dinner before
we left to go home. Sometimes he would hand me a list of changes for next trip. He
was always thinking. We parted on good terms and he continued to send me modeling
projects, mostly locomotives and rolling stock for conversions, repaints, etc.
After we left the project the owner found some local railroaders through and including
Randy’s Roundhouse in Lincoln who were willing to finish what we nearly finished.
There are two youTube videos posted by the new group. The owner has since passed
away. The video posters claim the owner never saw the layout operate, I don’t know
if they mean “run” or as a formal operating session. He enjoyed watching it run on
several occasions. Since his visits to the layout location were infrequent, he did
not see it run as much as he could have. He was even offered a throttle to run the
trains himself, but refused, he preferred to watch. It bothers me if the implication
is that the owner never saw it run. It sullies some great moments we had with the
owner and seems to put my competence in question. If the intent is that he never
enjoyed an operating session all is cool on my end.
I have mixed emotions around the new folks being in there. On one hand, I’m very
glad it is being operated and enjoyed, on the other I guess I’m a little envious
and defensive about my work, my art that is now being exploited by others. They
make no mention of my involvement in the project which I feel is a slight, those
who know recognize the gargantuan effort and high quality work we put forth.
If you want to watch the videos here are links to the videos:
Click on the DWP herald to go to my journal pages that chronicle most of the construction.
Scott is building a small On3 layout in his shop. Click the photo to the left to
open a new page or tab with details of this fun new project.
Jonstown is a much loved display layout that Scott built for Caboose Hobbies way
back in 1993. It was purchased from Caboose by a customer and underwent a complete
refurbishment in 2014. The layout is 4’X8’ and comes with a rolling base as seen
in the photo. It has a NCE DCC system which was installed during the refurbish. It’s
certainly one of a kind and was enjoyed by literally thousands of people, young and
old alike. The layout is located in Denver. Email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will answer question and put you in touch with the owner.