|Model temporarily placed on my O Scale layout|
The model of the Pioneer Mills is almost done. It just needs gutters, skylights, and eaves.
Then it is on to the Virginia Locomotive & Car Works, wharf, marine leg, and boat.
|Alexandria Bird's Eye View showing activity during the Civil War|
|Work in progress showing dormers and cupola |
with marine leg
|Note the telegraph poles with two insulators at Stoneman's Station. (The wires are not visible)|
|Late 19th century postcard view of Crozet or Blue Ridge Tunnel|
|Matte painting for the movie "Winds of War"|
|Scene from Naked Gun|
|Brian Kammerer's print depicting Ellsworth at the Marshall House |
hangs on the walls of my home. I am proud to say
I have artist's proof number 1 of this print.
"...For some anxious Unionists, that flag was becoming a symbol of the administration's slowness to move against the gathering forces of the Confederacy. On May 24, 1861 (the day after Virginia's secession was ratified by referendum), with an order that came a day prior, Ellsworth found himself and his troops victorious in the face of a retreating confederate army in Alexandria. And on this day, Ellsworth would cut down the banner that he had seen countless times from the other side of the river.
On May 24, Ellsworth led the 11th New York across the Potomac and into the streets of Alexandria uncontested. He detached some men to take the railroad station while he led others to secure the telegraph office. On his way there, Ellsworth turned a corner and came face to face with the Marshall House Inn, atop of which the banner was still flying. He ordered a company of infantry as reinforcements and continued on his way to the telegraph office. But suddenly, Ellsworth changed his mind, turned around, and went up the steps of the Marshall House.
He entered the house accompanied by seven men. Once inside, they found a "disheveled-looking man, only half dressed, who had apparently just gotten out of bed" and who informed them that he was a boarder, upon Ellsworth's demand to know what the Confederate flag was doing atop the hotel. Ellsworth and four men then went upstairs to cut down the flag. As Ellsworth came downstairs with the (very large) flag, the sleepy "boarder" who was actually the owner of the house and one of the most ardent of secessionists in Alexandria, James W. Jackson, killed Ellsworth with a shotgun blast to the chest. Corporal Francis E. Brownell, of Troy, New York, immediately stabbed Jackson with the bayonet on the end of his gun. Brownell was later awarded a Medal of Honor for his actions."
|Not bad for iPhone 5S hand held with available light|
|Paul Dolkos (yard master), John Pagoni, Rich Steinman and Bob Sprague |
are actual crew members doing real model railroad operations. (Doug Gurin,
Jeff Mutter, and Tony were also present but not photographed)
|Marty gives dispatcher Doug some help. The window and wall behind|
are where the layout will expand.
|Alkem Scale Models coal dock in situ.|
|Photo courtesy U.S. Navy|
|La nécropole nationale de Douaumont|
|A WWI diorama in the Hotel Des Invalides|
|Impressive model of Mt St Michel in the Musée des Plans-Reliefs|
|Another of the 10 or some models on display at the|
Musée des Plans-Reliefs
|One of the few surviving guns at Longues-sur-Mer|
|A view of the Omaha Beach area from the German Battery at Longues-sur-Mer. The terrain was much more|
rugged than I expected. I can see why it was such a bloody fight.
|Panorama of the remains of the artificial Mulberry port at Arromanches|
|View toward the northwest from le Fort de Douaumont near Verdun.|
|Craters still pockmark much of the ground in this area.|
|One of the gun turrets at le Fort de Douaumont|