Thanks Jim, yes I do receive Model Junkyard's newsletters and I know they have some items for sale but I wasn't sure about how good the info is although their site and some of their postings look pretty cool! I may check them out further and I'll do a google search for AK Interacive.
It looks like this thread has become a little long in the tooth and I too have looked around for you book Ken and have found the cost way high so thanks for the insight. Can anyone suggest any other pubs for someone new in the realm of dioramas? I have found some sites on the internet but I'm looking for some good beginner helpful hints for diorama building.