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 Posted: Tue Aug 4th, 2015 12:35 pm
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Mr Stumpy

Joined: Sat Nov 2nd, 2013
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Obviously, building models of paper and wood with slow drying glue is a product of another age. Although there are a number of paper modelers today and the printing technology is far better, few today would take the time to build such a model, or accept the level of detail or realism of the old kits. In an era of DCC and super detailed HO locomotives costing hundreds of dollars, the old card and wood structures just don't cut it.

Another area of card and wood modeling was rolling stock kits. The floor and roof were usually wood (for house cars) with wooden blocks "inside" the car to hold it together. Sides were printed cardboard many times with details printed on as well. Better kits had stamped or cast metal ends and a variety of cast or formed metal details. Tank car "tanks" were often a dowel or cardboard tube with a printed paper "wrapper" to go around them.

Of course such modeling was not limited to model trains, but was used in airplanes, boats, and cars as well in the days before injection molding of plastic became financially feasible for the kit makers. There was far more scratch building back then, with it's own set of skills to be learned. I remember my father building a miniature english wheel to form compound curves in card stock or thin metal for model airplanes and cars and for models he did as a model maker for an architecture firm.

The key to it all was patience, having little money for hobbies, and bring willing to learn skills. Just about all of this is lacking in today's world! They'll never realize what they missed.

Stumpy in Ahia:old dude:

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