HO Scale Diorama & Christmas Village

HO Scale Diorama

The Johnson Family



Oak Valley is an imaginary small town in northeast Illinois in 1912, and I like to believe that in 1912 there was a small, but growing, black middle class in Oak Valley.  All manufactures of HO scale figures include black and Asian figures.  Early 1900s figures are becoming scarce, and there are NO black figures in this era.  I have “converted” several individual figures over the years, but always longed for a middle class African American family for Oak Valley.  I need a little more practice with color, but  hope to have more AA residents in the future. I took this photo in the middle of town, so it is fairly dark.  Here’s an image of the daughter, Emeline. Johnson_Daughter

After The Funeral

For awhile, I have been considering a patio in the church yard, and I just painted it  under the existing tree, and added a drive into the yard.  I really like the added color and dimension. funeral_patio_lg

Mr. Miller’s Ambush

I enjoy seeing the transformation when a new citizen is placed in a natural situation.  Poor Mr. Miller is chopping firewood, unaware that he’s about to be pounded with snowballs.  They remind me of the boys in the neighborhood where I grew up!


Early Morning December 26th


Mounted Policeman in the Park

Below is the original Mounted Police photograph. Scroll below to see the difference with the new (2015) background!Image


Last Minute Christmas Shopping


Busy corner filled with last minute shoppers on Christmas Eve.  Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Miss Mamie Stepping Lively


Miss Mamie is one of the group of physically challenged Woodland Scenics figures. Mamie was an ugly white lady with a knee length plaid skirt and sweater. I thought she needed a little more dignity, with a nice blue jacket and black skirt. I’m still struggling with the best method to lengthen a skirt. Currently, I am using multiple coats of Elmer’s Glue. It can’t be anything with texture, because texture in this scale would not be visible to the naked eye. If anyone has a better idea, let me know!