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Low light shots
Posted by engineerkyle On 04/24/2017 At 07:41:16 AM

A wide shot and a closeup in HO scale


Monster Bash'
Posted by quartergauger48 On 04/07/2017 At 7:33:54 PM
Hello everyone', this is a "Monster Model works" O scale kit by 'Jimmy Simmons'. It is an Engineer's Tool Shed. On occasion I enjoy a kit. I mainly wanted to try Jimmy's, brick walls made of laser engraved wood. This is a brand new offering from MMW, and reasonably priced and a good opportunity to try his brick walls. A nice little kit, nothing too sophisticated, so I had no choice but to bash it up a bit. Photos in next post.

o scale swsm o'neill's fabricating
Posted by kebmo On 04/05/2017 At 8:27:02 PM
the mailman came the other day.
Trying to ID this kit
Posted by Glen Haasdyk On 04/03/2017 At 11:34:35 PM
I was over at a friend's layout the other night and he had these on his layout:

He told me they were a kit but couldn't remember whose they were.
Anyone know?
"unprototypical structures"
Posted by Bill Gill On 04/01/2017 At 08:47:28 AM
Well Ray Dunakin’s early post yesterday about changing scales is a tough act to follow
But a year ago today I posted a look at some “unprototypical trees” for those like me who have trouble modeling realistic scenery.

Now’s it’s 2017 and we’ve all had a year to improve our skills, so here’s a look at some structures that could use some help.

No camera tricks or distortions, just prototype samples to point to as “inspiration” when your latest build goes askew. Enjoy.

Starting with simple ones that are not uncommon slips or maybe even done on purpose.

a swayback roofline:

Porch columns with a different slant on perpendicular:

A garage wall with more than a "right" angle on the right:

A shed with more of an angle all over:

A whole house imitating that shed:
City Classics Grant Street by Dave Hunt
Posted by wvrr On 04/01/2017 At 12:27:43 AM
First of all, it is a long post. But, I think you will agree that this deserves a long post.

I originally posted this in my model railroad thread. But, since not everyone visits that thread, I thought I would make a separate one, as well.

In early March, fellow forum member Jeff Hart (Snarlman) reported that a mutual friend, Dave Hunt, passed away. If you want to read about Dave, who was also a forum member, you can check out the thread, below.

I met Dave 10-12 years ago. Before I met Dave, he befriended another model railroad friend of mine, Gerry Leone. When Gerry discovered Dave lived in NJ, he suggested that Dave and I should get together. Dave and I exchanged emails for a while. And, at one point, Dave suggested he was interested in building a model for me. He always wanted to build the Grant Street structure by City Classics. I always loved that structure, too, and told Dave I would love to have him build it for me. So, we decided to meet for the first time at a local trains shop, where I bought the kit and gave it to Dave. That was about 10 years ago. And, if you knew Dave, he is great at starting a project. And, he does a phenomenal job with those projects. But, you don't see many finished projects by Dave. I think that is because he gets distracted by other projects. Or, he hits a point in a project where he can't decide or figure out how to complete the next step, so he puts it aside. I've been guilty of that, myself. My freight house took 10 years to build, as an example. So, I'm sure many of us have done the same. Knowing Dave, I really didn't think I would see the completed model!

But, over the last 10 years, I've seen hints about the structure on the forum. Dave would post a closeup of part of the model and post it into the monthly photo thread or he would start a thread with a question he needed to resolve for the model. But, I never knew what it looked like.

I would also run into Jeff and/or Dave at local NMRA meets and sometimes get an update on its progress. It has been a few years since I've seen Dave. But, I did see Jeff at an NMRA meet a year or two ago. He told me that Dave had been ill. And, he also told me he thought the structure was done. But, I think Dave didn't think it was done. And, you will see what I mean. The building is done. But, I have a feeling Dave intended to add more details around the base and maybe on the roof.

I was really sad when Jeff reported Dave's passing. Then, a few days later, Dave's son, Ben, reached out to me. He said he has a structure his Dad built for me. And, if I lived nearby, he would be happy to give it to me. Well, we never met in person. Instead, it was decided Ben would ship it to me. I really expected to see it in a lot more pieces than it was. I told Ben to put the model in a plastic bag before putting it in a box. He went to UPS. They put it in a bag, put it in a box, and filled the box with peanuts. Surprisingly, it only had damage to four of the lights that shine on the billboards and the rear fire escape received some damage. The movable ladder at the bottom of the fire escape was broken off. And, the ladder going from the top landing to the roof was broken. A couple railings on each of those landing were broken, as well. I fixed the bottom movable ladder. The ladder to the roof had the U-shaped supports that wrap over the wall to the roof. I replaced it with a straight ladder, with good reasons that become apparent, later in this post.

First, here are some overall shots of Dave's model:

About those lights! It turns out, Dave enlisted Jeff to help him with the lighting. Jeff designed the circuit used to power two LEDs for the store windows and six LEDs, 2 each for each billboard. The store window LEDs are normal sized LEDs while the ones for the billboards are those micro LEDs. Jeff designed the circuit to use current limiters instead of resistors, and they work great. But, when I looked to see what needed to be done, there was no way I could fix the lights without damaging the others. The LEDs were wired with magnet wire, which is like working with hair-thin wire. I could see at least one wire was broken inside. And, I was thinking that the rest was probably broken at the LED. So, I decided to pull out the gooseneck lights and rewire them all. The store window LEDs did not need to be rewired.

A couple things I learned in this process about the magnet wire. I wanted to reuse the tubing Dave made for the goosenecks and the also the LEDs. But, threading the magnet wire through pre-bent tubs is a bear. What I discovered is if you twist together the red and green wires as tightly as you can, it becomes a much firmer wire and thread pretty easily through the tubing. And, having twisted wire is a lot more controllable inside the structure vs. having individual red and green strands inside.

But, what REALLY made rewiring the model easy was the discovery that the roof was removable. With that, all of a sudden I had access to all the gooseneck lights once the wire was threaded inside. And, this is the reason I replaced Dave's ladder to the roof from one with a U-shaped top with a straight ladder. Having a ladder with the U-shaped extension at the top would interfere with the removable roof. The other thing I did was to add a removable floor, so that the magnet wire would be protected by staying inside the structure.

So, here are some "night" shots:

Now, you may be wondering about some of the details. As I stated in the beginning, Gerry Leone, Dave, and I were friends. I met Dave through Gerry. So, when Dave built this structure, he incorporated some of Gerry's and my layouts into it. For example, Gerry's layout is the Bona Vista Railroad.

And, Gerry build an industry on his layout named for me.

And, Gerry built an industry named for Dave on his Bona Vista. If you scroll down this page of Gerry's website, you will see "Hunt Paints".

Dave was an artist who loved to paint. And, Gerry used that for an industry. Not long after I met Dave, I built a structure for my layout in Dave's honor.

I called the structure the TC&W Hardware Store. Dave's model railroad was called the Thorn Creek and Western, the TC&W. Also, notice the billboard on top of the structure. It is a billboard for Hunt Paints.

Now, look at this billboard on the model Dave built for me.

Dave also included billboards for two industries that are on my layout or were planned for my layout. This first one is for Stegmaier Brewery, which is in process on the layout. I have never seen this billboard for Stegmaier, before. So, it was a treat to see something Dave found.

And, the last billboard is for another industry I planned for the layout. Sadly, I might not include it on the layout, now. But, man, I do love Gertrude Hawk Candies!

Now, I said earlier where I thought Dave really wasn't finished. But, since he was sick, I think he wanted to give me the model in the state it was in. The structure was done. In fact, he signed and dated the underside of the roof in 2015:

But, when you look at the exterior stairway, I can't help but think Dave wanted to fill that area under the staircase with trash cans and junk.

But, he was able to provide many other details in the model.

First, a closeup of the storefront, with the Bar Mills Woolworth's sign.

Dave also added a fire plug and I assume a access door for feeding coal into the basement of the structure. Knowing I model the coal industry, I think Dave thought of adding this last detail as a nod to that.

But, what about the roof? Here are a couple shots of that. Dave scratchbuilt a roof access door. And, he used a metal chimney casting and some flue castings.

And, one last shot. This is a closeup of the rear doorways. I think Dave scratchbuilt the steel roll-up door and hardware. He also bricked up the window.

So, thank you Dave! Your model will have a place of honor in my city of Wilkes-Barre.

I am planning to bring it to the next NMRA Garden State Division meet on May 13. So, if you are in the Bridgewater, NJ area, you will get a chance to see it.

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Just Browsing for ideas and hints for the Linwood & Federal RR
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Inspiring work gentlemen!!!!!!
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Plummeted into the forum for the first time this evening looking for some info on Campbell Scale Model kits. I am joining immediately. I am semi-retired, teach guitar and bass, love HO and have practiced proto-87 for three years now, having only a "test bed" in the garage. I hope ot learn and participate in the forum as much as possible. Thanks for being here. Bob
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 Posted By: Kenneth Haan 
Most interesting site, I shall, when my web site comes back on line to place a link to here.

Since 1983 I have sold many kits to many satified cusomters, however due to the tough economic times and the deluge of modeling equipment dumped onto the modeling market, most customers cannot make up their mind as what to buy and purchase nothing.

Remember when, Mr. Athearn and his company would announce a new car type about once each year. The new car would be manufactured in ten road names and priced within the means of common modelers.

Now everybody in the marketplace is scrambling to put out as much and more than the buying public can swallow. Note as well the great number of model railroad stores simply throwing in the towel and exiting the business as too highly competitive and or too much to keep in their modest inventory.

Worse, is the way companies do business, buying a lump trailer full of trains and once sold or out of parts to maintain them, they say to the customer, "That's Tough!"

My business too feels the crunch, and mattering on this year's sales figures will make our mind as to remaining in business or slipping from sight.
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 Posted By: Douglas K. Lee 
Hello, I was introduced to this forum by a friend. I have recently come across many interesting items, that I am hoping someone out there can help me with. original plans and scale drawings for a stream line scale type elect. train submitted to Lewis marx in 1950, I also have #1 produced still in the box. #32250 I am looking for some direction. any comments or suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks, Douglas K. Lee
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 Posted By: RAYMOND 
I am new member, I was wondering if there is anyone out their that knows the section station alone the railway during the years of 1942 thru 1960 Flagstaff, Williams, Ash Fork, Seligmen, For I lived on some of those section station but have forgotten the distences from the small towns where these station were located. If anyone knows where these station where at and the distences, please write to me at ray_acosta@q.com or jraycost@gmail.com, thanks.
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This is the second or third time I've visited the site. Its very good and I've enjoyed reading through many of the posts. Unfortunately I do NOT have high speed internet at home, so don't spend alot of time (1/2 of the week) on the net. When I am down near work I do.
I am building the Cascade Div GN prototype in HO scale between Skykomish and Appleyard (Wenatchee) Wa. Time stopped in the fall of 1953.
Thanks again for the site.
Tom Ebert
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I need information on a Tortoise switch machine. The switch runs on DC current. Can I also attach AC current for the frog?
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