Brass Model Services
At Jeff Lemke Trains, Inc. it is how you finish that counts. I work mainly in HO and O scale. When models arrive here they are immediately unpacked, inspected, and photographed before entering our insured inventory of projects. Our business process is consistent. This is a full-time professional business.
This video demonstrates the collaboration and capability between my studio and ELS Train Service to create lovely finished models for our clients. I performed the paint, weathering, and had custom decals made for two very rare PFM Climax Locomotives. Dennis Bartholow installed DCC, added a double speaker sound system, and lights. We can handle any job including straight 12vdc, DCC, and PFM sound.
PLEASE NOTE… At the present time my pipeline for new model work is completely reserved but if you have a serious need and would like to discuss any of our services listed below then please call me at 630-893-5719 or use the CONTACT window (below) to start a dialog.
Our business hours are 7:30AM to 4:30PM CST Monday thru Friday and if I don’t answer your call on the first few rings then please leave a message. When I’m in the shop painting or grit blasting my phone goes to voice-mail so please leave a message and I will return your call.
My core competencies in this field include…
Subject Matter Expert on green-box brass models imported by Overland Models 1976 to date
Researching Prototypes for Overseas Production
Designing Brass Models, Parts, Decals and Tools
Importing Models from Abroad
Teaching and Training Brass Model Painting
Painting & Weathering Brass Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Structures
Providing DCC, Lighting and Sound Installation Recommendations (ELS Train Service)
Strengthening and Repairing Solder Joints
Modifications to Stock Brass Models
Deskirting Streamlined Passenger Cars
Requartering Steam Locomotive Drivers
Installing Replacement Gear Boxes
Part and Decal Sourcing
Stripping Old Factory and Custom Paint Jobs
Restoring Tarnished Brass Surfaces to Like-New
Mitigating Model Surface Foam Damage
Evaluating Brass Collections for Resale
Appraising Individual Brass Models Trains
Model Valuation and Identification Consulting for Retired Collectors and Their Families
Private and Consignment Sales of Legacy Brass and High-End Plastic Collections
International Model Shipment Staging
Short and Long-Term Model Warehousing
On-Topic Public Speaking and Presentations
Brass Model Resume
My painting resume includes work on more than 3,575 models. I am a life long model railroader, research specialist, and industrial historian who specializes in the Hill Lines and the railroads and industries of Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. My true calling is collaboration with associates and clients to create positive results. I have taught custom painting to well-known brass model train importers and their builders in South Korea. This is a full time, professional occupation for me and I love what I do. Referrals are encouraged and appreciated. Thanks for visiting today. Cheers!
Brass Model Train Artist
3,575+ models serviced to date
Paint, weathering and soldering repairs
Factory Paint Design Engineer
Ajin Precision Mfg. in S. Korea
Factory Set-Up and Paint Instruction
Historical Photo Restoration
The Railroads of Duluth-Superior
Overland Models, Inc.
OMI "Green Box" Expert
Brass Model Train Designer
400+ products created
Contributing Author—Railroads & Industries of Duluth-Superior