“Nighthawks Café” Build Along

Starting April 6, 2022, David Vaughn owner of Wit and Wisdom Models, will team up with Jim Murphy for a Build Along of one of his new John Armstrong inspired kits the “Nighthawks: Café”. To many of us this is a historic model built originally by a truly great model railroader. We are fortunate to have David Vaughn provide a kit for this model.

The Nighthawks model comes in two variations (complete/full scene and cafe only) in four different scales (O,S, HO and N). The full scene contains a row of stores from the original Hopper painting which adds greatly to the authenticity of the scene, as well as the forced perspective street and mirror to add depth. The full scene also includes an apartment to the rear and right of the café to add balance.

Original Painting by Edward Hopper

The kits are computer designed and laser cut. Parts are numbered. The kits come with complete, step by step instructions and background on the painting and model.


Original model by John. Armstrong

Full size scene

Cafe only (kit for build along)

The kit is available in N HO S and O scale David is offering a 10% discount off the list price for in stock kits for the “Café” build along only.  The full size kits are available at regular price. You must use the code New Tracks at the time you order to get the discount. Once the current in stock inventory is gone, or June 30, 2022, the discount will be ended. I encourage you to buy a kit as soon as possible to ensure you can get one in the scale you want.  Please visit the Wit and Wisdom website for more details about the kit.

David Vaughn gives a great presentation on John Armstrong and his Canandaigua Southern O scale railroad.  The video below (Part 1)  has his discussion of John Armstrong and some of his accomplishments and then moves into the Nighthawks Café build along.


Part 1 – Introduction to the kit and the build begins – April 6, 2022


Part 2 – April 13, 2022


Part 3 – April 20, 2022


Part 4 – April 27, 2022


Part 5 – May 4, 2022


Part 6 – May 11, 2022



Jim Allen

Jim Allen is a long time O Scale 2-railer and collector. He is a Jack of all trades but a master of none! Lets go!