MaineMiniatures.com has traditionally been just for dollhouse miniatures. However, this hobby has been tending to dwindle, especially in Maine, for many years. My interests have always been broader. All things in small scale and built by the hobbyist have caught my fancy down the years, and I hope to share a bit of that variety with other miniaturists.
It was with plastic models that I first honed my skills as a builder of little things. Tiny ships, mini airplanes, and little plastic HO buildings of various kinds were included, but I've always had a passion for cars since my earliest memory. From Matchbox cars to 1/25th scale to 1/8th scale and finally to 1:1, I've known cars and loved them since I was about three years old. I still build 1/25th scale autos from time to time and have included a few in my blog and gallery here on this site.
Every little boy looks in awe at a model railroad town, with trains chugging around on tiny tracks amid scenes of miniature villages, towns, and farms. I was very fortunate to have received an HO set of the Spirit of '76 in 1976, I set that I had running around our attic for a year or so, complete with a makeshift village of this and that. Matchboxes, Corgi trucks, HO houses and buildings, all mixed together and taking up a huge section of floor over the main house. However, it was never the trains that held my keenest interest. It was always the HO scale buildings that intrigued me the most. I had houses, a railways station, a great gas station, a church, and I even had Independence Hall.
You can follow a new project by the old Maine Yankee in his new H.O. Buildings project blog. He is redesigning (kit bashing) some industrial buildings to be used in trucking add-on packages for a little hobby shop in Florida (aka Southern Maine, considering the recent cold snap!)
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