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 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.
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.
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.