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  • #91
    I scratch build for a number of reasons.

    1)When I was much younger, in my teens, As a family we did not have a whole lot of money to spend on kits, plus there wasn't much to choose from. So I learned to do the best with what was available. We used to live near an art gallery so when I was old enough to work I cleaned floors for scraps of mat board and watercolour paper. I got good at building in card stock and paper.

    2)I do it now because I like it, I really enjoy working with my hands to create something no one else has on their layout. So now I do it because I can and I like to.

    3)Now that I'm older, I still like it and can now afford the specialized materials for the fine details. I also kitbash a lot as well.

    Ralph
    Growing Old is Mandatory
    .... Growing up is optional!

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    • #92
      I love scratch-building! There are many reasons why...

      First off, it's a very creative endeavor, and I've always been drawn to creative pursuits. Especially anything visual. I consider it an art form. Creating a realistic miniature environment is like painting in three dimensions. (Which is why I also love making scenery. Structures are just an extension of that.)

      Second, I like the control, being able to make exactly what I want, the way I want it.

      Third, there is great satisfaction in building something that is uniquely yours. Even the few things I don't scratch-build, such as locos and rolling stock, are at least weathered, and often modified or 'bashed, to make them my own.

      Fourth, I like reproducing specific prototypes. Even when I'm freelancing a structure, it's designed to be true a specific style, period, and degree of weathering.

      Fifth, it's relaxing.

      Sixth, it's cheaper than buying kits.

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      • #93
        well said Ray.
        It\'s only make-believe

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        • #94
          Although I didn't see the poll to vote, my reason is the challenge. So it would be other. I have always loved a challenge. I look at something that I really would like to have as a model and tell myself, "I want to do it". Then the excitement of the challenge, the exploration of research and the sheer joy of accomplishment is what it's all about. My wife can tell you how wrapped up in all of that I can get, fortunately, she is very understanding.

          The other reasons are to do something very unique (Cain's Ballroom, Bulger's garage and my version of Sassan's Vinegar to name a few). I have seen too many layouts where I can recognize most of the structures, and that tends to get boring. No offence to those who do that, as the layouts are sometimes a lot better than I could do. But then, I pretty much gave up on layouts as I prefer the individual dioramas. I really don't have the space for a layout, which is another reason.

          I have built kits, and they can and have been very rewarding. But I still prefer to scratchbuild, and even when I do build a kit, I will change it to look different, partly to be more prototypical, and partly because I don't like some design factors of the kit. And to be different.

          Tony
          Tony Burgess

          Exploring the unknown requires tolerating uncertainty.~ Brian Greene

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          • #95
            I have to agree with Ray. He pretty much said everything I feel about the subject except for number six. I don’t even consider buying kits so the price thing doesn’t enter into my calculations. This is the reason I enjoy the hobby. Now on the other side of the coin, I don’t think they offer kits in Fn3 (1:20.3) unless you consider Home Depot and Lowe’s, since that’s where I get my modeling supplies.
            Frank

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            • #96
              I prefer the feeling of accomplishment one gets from scratch-building. It is far better than that available from assembly of somebody elses creation, (a kit).

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              • #97
                First, I'm cheap. Since I can build things on a shoestring it's a good way to "scratch that itch".

                Second, there are a lot of nice kits, I have built a couple, and will build more. However it never seems just the right kit is available for the space I have. I didn't design my layout around available structures, so now I have to fit the structures to the layout.

                Jim

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                • #98
                  I voted for "I wanted something unique for my layout", but that's not really the whole answer. First of all, I want to recreate my prototype as closely as possible, and kits just don't get me there. I use them for more "generic" items like grain bins, grain elevator legs, etc., but for normal structures and such, nothing gets me the look I'm after.

                  Secondly, although I've only scratchbuilt the structures for one scene so far, I've found that it's easier than kitbashing. To me, it's more like assembling a kit, but I just need to cut the parts out of styrene rather than removing them from the sprue.

                  Finally, with two kids in college and a daughter who just got married, cost is a factor. I bought a 4'x8' sheet of styrene from a local plastics distributor for around $23, and it's probably enough to stratchbuild every structure on the layout.


                  Modeling Iowa Interstate\'s West End, May 2005

                  http://www.iaisrailfans.org/gallery/Sub4WestEnd

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                  • #99
                    I very much like to create my landforms first. All my curved steep roads leave very defined (and unusual) building sites that will fit very few kits, and so scratch-building or severe kit-bashing is necessary. The result is (hopefully) a scene in which the terrain looks as if it was there before the structures were built, and they were built specifically to suite the slope and shape of the different sites. This is the main reason I like to scratch-build.

                    Cheers, Mark.

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                    • I voted for:

                      I want to create my own structures.

                      Not all available structures fitting my ideal type of building I want to model, so I prefer create own styles of buildings, using some structure materials from kits or other stuff.
                      Nice Greetings,

                      Ingo

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                      • I checked other because it didn't mention building rolling stock for the pleasure of it. As far as cost, it cost me more to

                        build most of my cars than they would cost if I bought them, that is if they were available. And yes, it's nice to have something no one else has. The bottom line, It's FUN!!!!

                        Bobby
                        bobby pitts

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                        • 2,3,4 all apply equally to me.

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                            Originally posted by Ray Dunakin


                            I love scratch-building! There are many reasons why...

                            First off, it's a very creative endeavor, and I've always been drawn to creative pursuits. Especially anything visual. I consider it an art form. Creating a realistic miniature environment is like painting in three dimensions. (Which is why I also love making scenery. Structures are just an extension of that.)

                            Second, I like the control, being able to make exactly what I want, the way I want it.

                            Third, there is great satisfaction in building something that is uniquely yours. Even the few things I don't scratch-build, such as locos and rolling stock, are at least weathered, and often modified or 'bashed, to make them my own.

                            Fourth, I like reproducing specific prototypes. Even when I'm freelancing a structure, it's designed to be true a specific style, period, and degree of weathering.

                            Fifth, it's relaxing.

                            Sixth, it's cheaper than buying kits.


                            I voted for option #4, but Ray spelled out exactly what I was thinking as well.
                            Amongst the saguaros

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                            • Voted, and I subscribe to Ray's fine statement, too.

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                              • Hi folks. I voted "other" in the poll. I am a nut for a couple things when it comes to structures. First off, they need to be more or less correctly sized. Especially so if they are foreground items. I think far too many commercial kits are too small to represent the industry or facility they depict. It's what I like to call "phonyness". Selective compression is nice, but having say, a 50 foot reefer parked on a siding with a postage stamp sized building is too much of a stretch. Trees are another item. You will pay dearly for a scale height mature tree that's anywhere over 4 actual inches high. A good looking forest might cost a small fortune.
                                All politicians are liberal. Does not matter where they are from, or what planet for that matter. They are liberal with YOUR money,MY money, and anyone else\'s they can get their greedy hands on

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