In response to your question, “What would be my best modeling tip?”, I would have to say don’t throw anything away. Just about anything can become a useable detail piece on a model layout.
Just as an example, I am currently scratch building a curved bridge using Plastruct and Evergreen preformed bulk pieces, a few Model Power steel bridges, and a sheet of brass screen I sourced from my local sewing supply store. Total cost into the bridge is about $35.00 U.S.
In order to make the side support for the bridge I needed to kit bash the Model Power bridge sections together along with a few small pieces of styrene.
However this left me with a few smaller pieces.
Well, after looking around my layout I noticed I need a few vehicle bridges. So, this is what came out of the left over Model Power bridge pieces and a piece of leftover sheet styrene.
So for my money I actually got my custom bridge, two small vehicle bridges, and I have plenty of supplies for many other projects.
My wife isn’t a huge fan of my “keep everything” philosophy but it does come in handy and saves money when building a layout. Also, creativity plays a huge part in building a layout. Inspiration can come from anything you just have to look for it.
Big thanks to Bill for sharing – and just goes to show he’s spot on: don’t throw anything away ever…
And when it comes to scratch building, have a look at what John’s building now.
Have you started your layout yet? If not, this really will get you up and running.