My name is Ed Nadolski and I live in Colorado near Denver, where I am blessed to be with my wonderful wife and family. Back when I was a kid I had the typical Christmas train set and 4x8 snap-track layout, but it wasn't until about 12 years ago that the modeling bug really bit. At that point I was interested in all aspects of the hobby, especially building and detailing models, and of course reading lots of books and track plans. In those "early days of yore" there was so much learn about the hobby that weathering initially seemed to me like something that was almost sort of optional. However over the last 5-6 years or so my interest in weathering has steadily grown and deepened, in particular from seeing the work of extremely talented folks such as Rich Divizio, Tom Mann, Rich Yourstone, and (of course!) the gifted artists here at TWS, as well as others both on line and in print. I find it fascinating to see how these folks use their talents and skills to transform a mass-produced model into an extremely impressive representation of a real-world railcar, locomotive, vehicle, etc. Another huge piece for me has been the information, feedback, and encouragement that I have received from the many fine and talented folks at online forums such as tws-rustbucket.com , therailwire.net, MTW, and more. This has all helped me to appreciate how the world of weathering adds an entirely new dimension to modeling, to the point where I don't really consider detailing and weathering to be two separable processes. They both simply are essential aspects of making a complete model.
My modeling preferences have always run toward the modern era, with its impressive, high-horsepower diesel fleets, and equally remarkable variety of rolling stock. I have not really ever been able to settle down and focus entirely on any one specific scale, since I find that every scale has its own strong points and benefits that I like to explore. So I distribute my efforts between HO, N, and O scales (with the latter focusing on the Proto:48 accurate wheel/track standards). Regarding prototype railroads, I have long been fascinated with southern California's Tehachapi Pass, and I have built a small N-scale layout featuring the famous Tehachapi Loop. Tehachapi is known for its variety, from its climate to the trains, and thus it provides an ideal setting for the kind of modeling that I enjoy the most. This variety ties in perfectly with my interest in weathering models since weathering is all about capturing the variety and the distinctiveness that make each model a unique work and helps bring it to life in a way that is hard to otherwise achieve.
It is a privilege for me to know the highly talented and gifted folks here at The Weathering Shop. I think we share a deep motivation to always do the best work possible, to keep learning and improving, and to share whatever we learn with others. For me, that's the best kind of inspiration.