BOB and LYNN LUNDE In the late 70's, Bob and Lynn were pioneers in the model railroad industry, developing the first successful line of resin-cast structures. The level of detail in these Magnuson Models was virtually unseen before. The line was sold to Wm. K. Walthers in the early 80's, and Bob & Lynn took positions there. Bob became head of Walthers R & D Dept. And Lynn became the Sales Manager. Lynn also was elected and served as the president of the Model Railroad Industry Association (MRIA). In 1985, they broke from Walthers to form Design Preservation Models. DPM kits were hugely successful as the first low-cost injection molded buildings to have door and window details molded in place. There are very few layouts in existence that don't have at least one DPM kit on them. The line was sold to Woodland Scenics in 1993. Since then, Bob & Lynn have built layouts for dozens of firms and individuals as Lunde Studios. In addition, Lynn is a gifted artist and sells her paintings to galleries nationwide. Bob's background as an architect and his decades of experience making patterns, molds and resin castings gives those of us who work with him a very unique advantage. Without a doubt, our 'Wizard' can scratch-build anything and we are honored to have his skills and experience as part of our resources.
JIM NILLES, SR. Jim has been with us for nearly 20 years now and was heavily involved with our first project at the Museum of Science and Industry. An excellent scratch-built model maker, he truly excels in the construction, painting, weathering and detailing of bridges and structures. Jim is also accomplished in electrical and electronics installation and has become one of our key DCC specialists.
JOE CONNELLY Joe is our CAD designer and generates the 2D and 3D designs and renderings used in our proposals. He models in N scale at home and is also an expert photographer whose images appear here and in our literature. Joe is usually very involved in the concept development of a project and his input and design expertise are invaluable. When he has the time, he will also get involved with scenery and detail modeling on our projects. Joe is also an accomplished artist and paints murals and backdrops with many themes. He has hand painted a number of custom backdrops for our projects.
RON FURTO Ron is an exceptional detail modeler who excels at super-detailing locomotives and rolling stock. An ex-railroad crewman, Ron is also our resident expert on most things prototypical. An outstanding amateur photographer, one of his dioramas won First Place in Model Railroader's coveted Photography Contest. His personal collection of HO scale GN equipment regularly appears in our photos.
JIM GOTTLICK Jim has been working with us for a number of years. A versatile modeler, he assembles structure kits and scratch-builds high quality wood and styrene structures for us. Regularly involved in scenery and detail modeling, Jim also works on animations. In addition, he can also be found working with all of our power equipment used in benchwork construction.
ENID WORACK Enid is a part-time employee of Circuitron and helps out when needed at PMD. An excellent scenery builder, Enid holds the dubious distinction of being the only member of our team to be significantly injured on a job. She fell in the "Grand Canyon" on the Museum of Science and Industry job and broke a finger. Even so, she managed to assemble and plant 3,000 trees on the newly renovated landscape.
STEVE RUFFOLO As one of our only modelers with young children at home, Steve maintains an active HO scale home layout as well as working in our studio. Steve's interests lean heavily to the animation and control aspects of the hobby and he has done much of the wiring and control electronics installation on our more recent projects. He is very familiar with DCC control systems and keeps current on all the new technology. An audio expert, Steve has mixed custom sound tracks for some of our projects and he also is involved with programming, operating and maintaining our CNC equipment.
BILL REID Known throughout the modeling industry, Bill and his brother Wayne operate the Cumberland Valley System out of their home. Quite possibly the finest N scale layout in the country, this layout has been featured in virtually every modeling magazine and in Allan Keller's videos. It has appeared in eight separate issues of N Scale Magazine alone and is featured in Kalmbach's Great Model Railroads magazine. A commercial graphic designer and sign artist, Bill hand-paints backdrops and scenes with amazing beauty and realism. The depth and life that his contributions add to the miniature scenes we create truly adds the finishing touch. Bill spends spare time on his newest hobby of landscape design and aquatic ponds.
JIM NILLES, JR. Jimmy was also one of the key players during the Museum of Science and Industry job. With extensive experience in wiring and electronics, he spent the better part of 3 months flat on his back under the layout on an automotive creeper connecting more than 6 miles of new wiring. Jim still handles most of the extensive panel wiring we do here. A versatile modeler, woodworker and machinist, Jim will be found involved in all facets of the layout construction.
WAYNE WESOLOWSKI, Ph.D Wayne has been building transportation and history models for more than 40 years. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums across the country. He has authored nearly 150 articles and 4 books on model building. Kalmbach Publishing features Wayne in two video tapes that have been shown on PBS and Good Morning America. Bob Hundman of Mainline Modeler Magazine said of Wayne, "He's always leading those of us who like scratchbuilding down new roads." Dr. Wesolowski was a tenured Professor of Chemistry at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL for more than two decades before moving to Arizona and taking a position as professor at the University of Arizona.
STEVE WORACK President of Circuitron, Inc., Steve handles all administration, advertising, bidding, graphics, website and procurement for PMD. He would actually prefer to be working on the models. A perfectionist by nature and a model railroader for over 50 years, Steve's interests have always centered around electronic automation and mechanical design. A manufacturer for 32 years, he has designed / developed over 75 unique products and holds a patent on the TORTOISE Switch Machine. Although capable of handling an airbrush with the best of them, Steve prefers detail scenery work, especially rock carvings and landscape. When time permits, he will jump in there with the rest of the crew, but mostly he just supplies the pizza and donuts.
The Progressive Model Design Team
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