We've discussed this before on the blog, but the Onondaga Cutoff would not exist in its current state without extensive teamwork to make it happen. Many parts of the layout and quite a bit of the rolling stock have the work of others involved.
Two recent deliveries from Lenny Harlos are case-in-point. I am working to install some decoders and lighting in some of his locomotives, and in turn he is weathering a few of mine to a degree that I could not if I were doing it myself. He is a gifted artist in weathering. Here's a well-worn CR 8280, a GP38-2 with a coat of paint by 1992 that was about 15 years old. Add to that cast iron brake shoes and hard work, and you get this:
Life has its bends and turns, frustrations, and grit. Looking at this engine gives me joy and appreciation for how great this hobby is these days: factory-installed lighting like this, let alone the perfect colors and details, AND weathering from a master?
I look up to Lenny's abilities in texture, color and depth. He can make any material look like any other - truly a master at his craft. When you take one of his pieces and add it to the fleet, and it ends up in a scene, it speaks for itself:
Yep, that's how that is supposed to look! Thanks to Lenny, and teamwork in general, the hobby is more fun for everyone.