Dinner at the Yard House
- Some days I could stand around looking all stupid and, in spite of it
all, great things happen to me.
Yesterday I was sitting at my computer and Lajos invited me to spend
an evening with David Barnblatt and a guest from Germany.
I have very little to add to any conversation about Z scale model
trains. I only know of things that happened a long time ago. Still,
I have to accept any invitation from Lajos because I know that I will
learn some great new things about building trains. David is also a
kick because his profession takes him to some very interesting places.
The person that we met at Lajo's model building studios was Larry, the
He is the guy who built those amazing Roadrailers. You can see him in
some of the views. He wearing a blue shirt and sat much too close to
He also has a web page: http://www.exact-messebau.de/minilok/start.htm
The person who owns the web page is Ronald Schulz but the partially
finished house on page 1 is Larry's house so they must be the same person.
Lajos gave Larry a tour of his studio with all of the amazing
collection of stuff that most of us would never think of buying.
Lajos says of the model railroaders who grew up in Communist East
Europe, learned to build model trains from poop. (Lajos used a more
common term) They learned to distinguish real poop from model
building gold. Larry is also from East Germany and lives a short
distance from Harold F. Larry had to repeat Harold's name five times
before I realized just who Larry was speaking about. I'm not even
attempting to type Harold's last name.
Lajos and Larry's conversation about the steps that they took to get
the etchings, molds, and castings ready for their models was
fascinating. David adds to the conversation with his observations
about his forays into early European Z scale. Larry recognizes them as
collector's items. I ate dinner. Some great calamari. These
included the tentacles. When I was a kid, we grew up on octopus.
Squid was expensive but, with squid, that stuff that filled the cone
of the head as well as the tentacles were always included as a part of
To those of you who were waiting to purchase some of Larry's
Roadrailers, forget it. I think that he said that he had built 16 of
them and that is enough. He is a busy guy and like many who are
talked into producing many copies of some model, he found that
assembling, painting and decaling the same model 16 times or more can
Larry's Roadrailers are marvels of detail and work. I would like to
ask how many of you who asked for and actually purchased the undec
models from MTL got as far as painting and decaling them. I can guess
that some of you had the work done for you but for those who completed
the project themselves, I would like to salute you. Z scale train
models are difficult to finish.
Z scale structures and scenery are seldom picked up and studied 10
inches from your nose. Z scale train models are scrutinized from all
angles and then they must operate on track. I started building one of
Lajos's SW-1 but the closer I came to finishing the body I realized
that I could never paint it. Far beyond any skill level that I could
We had a great evening with Larry. He is here because of his job. He
is responsible for building Aircraft accessory sales displays at the
Long Beach Convention Center. He does stuff for the Lufthansa company.
If you ever receive a call from Lajos to accompany him to visit any
one, don't pass up the chance. You will miss something great. Don't
forget to eat Calamari.
Larry, come visit us again soon.
El Toro, CA