Here's my thoughts after reading the first half or so after receiving it as a Christmas gift in 2004. I DID enjoy the second half much more, btw.
"Paul - The CB&Q Guy" (Modeling 1960's In HO.)
........... I got his book for Christmas and read halfway through it last nite. I got this impression early on in the book to the point where I almost put it down in disappointment. He mentions reading stuff by Westcott, McClannahan, Selios, et al, and then decides it's too *hard*, or complicated, or whatever, and proceeds to re-invent the wheel, instead of standing on the shoulders of these giants and just learning how to do it himself. He then proceeds to hire a carpenter to build the layout, an electrician to wire it, and a guy from his LHS to do everything else on the layout *except* the scenery. Even with that he had his wife, who apparently is a "renaissance woman", with artist as a list of her accomplishments, advise him on scenery stuff, too. He also would take pics of the layout and then have them critiqued by a couple professional photographers...I'm surprise he just didn't hire them to take the photos, as well.
Oh well, I'll probably stick with the book to the end since I'm so far into it. Maybe it will get better.