P48 MODELER- Jim Zwernemann

 

I want to shine a light on Jim Zwernemann to showcase his skill and accomplishments.   Jim is a lifelong modeler who started working in HO gauge and O gauge finally settling in Proto48.   His portfolio includes in building a long list of railroad models over the years.  Many of Jim’s models have won contests for his P48 freight cars and beautiful structures.   He has been featured in the model media such as Railroad Model Craftsman and others.   Most everything built by Jim was made from styrene.  It is his favorite medium.   Jim uses acrylic paint and weathering systems to finish his models.

 

Jim shown here on the left with his long-time friend Bruce Blalock

Jim shown here on the left with his long-time friend Bruce Blalock  (photo by Arnold Menke)

 

Jim hails from Carmine, Texas and went to the University Texas in Austin.   Since retirement, Jim and his wife settled near Bastrop, Texas.   He has been an active member of modelers and railfans from around Austin.

What distinguishes Jim from a lot of skilled modelers,  is his great skill in the use of color, shading and aging.   A few years ago, he started his dream railroad in Proto48.   It is turning out to be his greatest accomplishment and the culminations of his great skills.  Building a layout is a huge undertaking and caused Jim to narrow his focus in the hobby and only undertake projects that worked on his layout.

 

Jim rebuilt this Weaver plastic model correcting the lower door track and adding a more accurate Duryea underframe.   The model was repainted, decaled and weathered.

Jim rebuilt this Weaver plastic model correcting the lower door track and adding a more accurate Duryea underframe. The model was repainted, decaled and weathered.

I remember meeting Jim at an O Scale West meet in Santa Clara, CA.   He are I were doing pattern work for Mike O’Connell for his Ultra Scale II urethane kit line.  Over a period of years many of Mike’s kits were designed and patterned by Jim.   His last project for the Ultra Scale II was the ATSF Bx-56.   It has turned out to be a highly sought after kit.

Jim Zwernemann's Bx-56 created the kit that Lee Turner built, painted, weathered and photographed

Jim Zwernemann’s Bx-56 created the kit that Lee Turner built, painted, weathered and photographed

The layout has lots of fine details and subtle colors.  The SP S-12 crossing the bridge is Jim's favorite loco.

The layout has lots of fine details and subtle colors. The SP S-12 crossing the bridge is Jim’s favorite loco.

Here is a prize winning model built from styrene.   It was based upon a Katy prototype

Here is a prize winning model built from styrene. It was based upon a Katy prototype

The Conoco bulk oil plant was built from a Rags to Riches kit.  The kit was very expensive and complicated but Jim mastered it.

The Conoco bulk oil plant was built from a Rags to Riches kit. The kit was very expensive and complicated but Jim mastered it.

I have more photos of Jim’s recent work that I will sharing here as well as at the Proto48 Modeler website ( http://www.proto48.org ).   I hope that enjoyed looking at Jim’s work as much as I enjoy presenting.

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10 thoughts on “P48 MODELER- Jim Zwernemann

  1. I really admire the details of the underpass, like the “keep right” sign and the drain, as well as the weathering.

  2. It’s always a pleasure and an inspiration to see really beautiful modeling, thank you for sharing these photos of Jim’s models.

    More than just these fine models, the O scale community has benefited greatly by the masters both of you have produced for some fine kits.

    Keep up the great work,
    George Losse

  3. Nice job on the Weaver wagon-top box, would make a good ‘how-to’ article. I’m doing similar upgrades to their PS-1 boxcars, they make fine models with some tlc.

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