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  • #16
    Welcome to our little party , Rick . I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself . Some of us are going On30 diorama although I have yet to start mine . Free-mo looks interesting too .

    TERRY

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    • #17
      Thanks Marc, Terry and JR (I think ). I jumped in with both feet today. I bought a Bachmann Gas Mechanical engine, some O scale details and On30 ties that will be used for handlaying some track. These will be used to build a diorama with the Sierra West kits I bought.

      Next move is to order some dress up kits from Backwoods Miniatures. Is there a US distributor or is ordering on the internet direct my only option?

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      • #18
        Rick , I ordered the Backwoods Climax and was very happy with the whole procedure . There is no North American distributor that I'm aware of . I found it easier to call Peter at Backwoods , taking into consideration the 9 hour or so time difference . Everything went according to schedule without a hitch and on time . Good folks Peter and his wife .

        TERRY

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        • #19
          Rick,

          I too have orderd from Peter, and he's a great guy to deal with, honest and reliable as the day is long, and helpful in answering any questions you might have.

          Marc

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          • #20
            I've got the On30 Shay conversion kit from them. I tried to get a chat going but I guess he must have been jet-lagged after getting back from the narrow gauge convention. It was like extracting teeth!

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            • #21
              Rick,

              Peter,long ago,came to the conclusion that the best way to operate his business is to sell direct to the customer only,cutting out any middlemen.He is completely in tune with what his foreign customers want and is geared up to send stuff all over the World ,so it should make no difference that he is thousands of miles away.If you want to see his kits in the flesh,I believe that he makes at least two trips a year to the States,usually three,to attend various shows and Conventions.

              Now that reminds me,I must get around to ordering that Porter dress-up kit,

              NickO

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              • #22
                Thanks for the replys everyone. I'll call Peter tomorrow. I think I'll order the shay, porter and the gas-mech dress up kits all at the same time.

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                • #23
                  Well, it took a little longer than I thought it would, but my Boiler House finally showed up. However, the timing couldn't be better. I'm just about finished with the Davenport and am ready for my next project. Also, I have off tomorrow and Monday and have a nice 4 day weekend to dive in and get started. I already have some of the stripwood soaking in stain. I'll post update pictures in the Boiler House thread that Brian started.

                  Brian, hope you don't mind me asking questions as I move along with this kit.

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                  • #24
                    Rick, looking forward to your photos, will take a week or more for me to clear my bench and be able to start.You can sure tell this kit is freshly made, I opened the box and it's still fuming off resin....what are you using for stain that it needs to soak? I dip my wood but only leave it in about 10 seconds. Jerry

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                    • #25
                      Jerry, I'm using Brett's waterbased recipe that is in the instructions. I have never used this method either but figured when in Rome do as the Roman's do. Plus it's always good to try new things. Keeps everything from looking the same and I just might learn something along the way.

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                      • #26
                        Rick, I certainly don't mind at all...that's what we are all here for. It's a great model and very easy to build. You will have a fun time detailing and weathering.

                        Bri

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