Thank you all for the hearty welcome,
answers to a few questions
I live in Heerlen , most southern point in Netherlands, but its still only a 2 hour drive from Amsterdam.
Yes I have a large layout space, in fact the benchwork and backdrop covered on my website is only 1 of the 2 rooms I have, I am single and when I bought a house 4 years ago the only druther I had was enough space for my layout. So now I have 4 bedrooms , 2 for the layout , 1 as modelling area with all my tools etc. and 1 , yep you guessed it , I also have to sleep
Yes I am a member of the Santa Fe Historical Society
Alas I am not a golf pro, but the manager of the Golfstore at our 45 hole course/resort.
And Bob yes it would be difficult to model the US with Faller or Kibri, although you'd be astonished at how much European buildings look like American buildings when fitted with flat roofs. I get most of my stock from WigWag and Modeltrainstuff, 2 firms that I have learned to trust from the states. German modeling would be quite easier , I live about 5 miles from the German boarder and there are 3 LHS's withing 10 miles, alas for American themed material I have to go to Dússeldorf, about an hours drive and so expensive that it pays off to have it sent, even with additional Postage an Customs costs.
When I get round to Scratchbuilding the Newton station and Kansas City Union Station ( compressed ) , I'll do a build topic here, but that won't be soon.
Oh , I'm also a member to a Dutch forum on American Themed Model Railroading http://www.amerikaanse-treinen.nl/forum/
, and I linked this forum there, lots of oooohs and wows and thank you's there for the link , so I guess they like the work shown here.
As you have noticed I'm not easily in loss of words, and my English is whats left from living in Canada between my 5th and 10th, playing hockey and baseball almost all my life, having english speaking friends and customers and also a bit from school. I also speak fluent German ( as long as I don't mind the grammar), some French and Spanish and of course Dutch.
Thanks again for the welcome, greetz Jan