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  • #31
    What you write resonates with many of us I’m sure. In partial defense of model railroaders, if they are building a layout of some size, they are likely to be doing pretty basic scenery that looks good in general, without the scenic detail of dioramas. Having said that, it would be useful to see a clinic demonstrating some of the products used by the military modelers.

    Although I model standard gauge railroads, I’ve attended narrow gauge conventions and I give highest priority to visiting narrow gauge layouts when I’m at NMRA conventions. I like the craftsmanship that’s displayed.

    Mike
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    Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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    • #32
      I agree with BreizhSteamer, being a newbie to both this site and model railroading, I feel quite welcome and everyone has encouraging words.

      Especially given the level of talent on this site. I have been on car restoration, sailing, and other model railroading sites, and this has

      to be of of the more inclusive sites.

      It is one of my favorites!

      Scott

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      • #33
        Joseph,

        Do you have any pictures of you building the box cars? I was curious about your technique.

        I will be building Z scale box cars in the future.

        Thanks,

        Scott

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        • #34
          Sorry, I didn’t document construction on this project.

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          • #35
            Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to more of your work.
            Dave

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            • #36
              Those ships like the trains unbelievable!!!

              Your work is beyond words. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful work with us.
              Jerry



              "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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              • #37
                Thanks guys! Glad to be here

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                • #38
                  Hi Joseph,

                  I would love to know what you use for the rigging in your ships. Everything I try in N Scale looks clunky by comparison.

                  Cheers

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                  • #39
                    The Alexander Law Collection of miniature ship models at Mystic Seaport Museum has a number of tiny models rigged with human hair. The models were built between about 1940-60, so the hair has proven durable.

                    I used hair to attach the mesh to the dip net frame on the back of the HO scale Woodie I detailed. (red circles) The handle of the net was also wrapped with hair (red oblong). The hair was coated with thn CA and then painted with a very thin coat of black acrylic paint.


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                    • #40
                      I use about 6 different grades and types of wire, single strand or braided to represent rope. For natural catenary, the best wire is nitinol, but it’s extremely expensive. I buy it in 25’ lengths at about $20. But it’s properties are second to none. Second, I use many different grades of magnet wire, mostly 42 AWG and 38 AWG. This stuff is extremely cheap. When I need something with a dramatic catenary, say for rigging a boom crane, but I need the driver wire to support the boom, I use tungsten wire.

                      To represent rope, I built a rope walk, which braids together 3-7 strands of wire to create a rope. Once it’s finished and pulled tight, I usually use a copper blackening solution or airbrush it depending. I only use these on the larger sailing ships such as my HM Cutter Alert. The 1/1500 ships are single strand as the majority of their rigging was steel cables anyway.

                      I don’t use anything organic like hair, synthetic or otherwise.

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                      • #41
                        Many thanks for the tip Joseph. I have ordered some Nitinol to experiment with. I have two Maine sardine boats in construction, so I can see how they come out.

                        I have seen pictures of a rope walk and think I could make a simple one. Another thing to try !

                        Cheers

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                        • #42
                          No problem. You can’t use Nitinol in a rope walk though, it’s only for copper wire

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