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 Posted: Tue Jan 29th, 2013 08:11 pm
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I use to shoot skeet and trap competitively... In another lifetime. I haven't picked up a shotgun in years.



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 Posted: Wed Jan 30th, 2013 11:28 am
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OK, I think after viewing those web sites I would consider myself a Model Railroad enthusiast who dabbles into model and scratch building....LoL

They are very very impressive layouts.

I too would not want to be in my shop that long for that level of detail work.  I enjoy building the layout and running it.  Funny that you are right on about in real life the trains don't run as near as much as real life does around you...  Great thinking!!

Although I can see viewing those sites the areas I need a lot more improvement on...but for now I'm loving building trains!!!!

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 Posted: Wed Jan 30th, 2013 09:37 pm
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Well, Ryan. I just went to your website and I have to say, if your aren't a master, you're at least doing a pretty good job of imitating one.



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 Posted: Thu Jan 31st, 2013 09:53 am
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Mike,  Thank you very much for that compliment, although I am very far from that level of detail.  A "master of your domain" as Seinfeld put it, would be better suited...LoL

I have tried to model using just the materials I had found around the house that are used for other things besides modeling.  Trying not to purchasing anything fancy to get the look I was going for.  Most if not all of my buildings cost me pennies in material. That is what I like to inspire to,  create models from next to nothing or realizing what other means a "toothpick, aluminum foil or a milk container" may have.

I model for my pleasure and my relaxation, my decompression from work my wife says.  It does give me pleasure when others enjoy what I have done, and maybe they get an idea to pursue themselves.

Glad that you enjoyed my website Mike, and thank you again for making my head grow two times as large. My wife will thank you too......:thumb:

You know anyone can do exquisite work it involves two things = time/patience

My Dad always said I did not use the patience God gave me ...  I would still agree with him :cool: and well once I got married... 20 years ago,  L:  time for "me" is measured in just a few minutes a day.

Thoughts of a under worked Model Railroader...Who likes to play with his trains....Ryan



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And excellent thoughts they are, Ryan!

Your site proves that you do not have to spend what sometimes amounts to a couple hundred dollars on a structure kit to end up with a very credible model.

Well done!

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 Posted: Thu Jan 31st, 2013 11:02 am
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Thank you Herb,  That means a lot to me coming from such a well educated and defined artist  in this hobby we call Model Railroading.

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Well said Ryan



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Thanks guys!

But I'm just another model railroad nut like any other FreeRailer. When I can help, I try to. When I model, I try to do my best. When I see modeling better than mine, I drool.

Just like any one else here----

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I think the term "master" is almost as misused as "artist". It's for others to describe someone as either, but although I've been a professional modelmaker since I was 16, pushing 50 years ago, I am happy with the term "craftsman".
My dad was a craftsman plumber and could turn his hand to almost anything at that level, My paternal grandfather was a top cabinet maker, producing work for two of England's finest shops. My maternal grandfather was a grainer and marbler, who could recreate the marble of any quarry in Italy using just goose feathers or any wood with a set of the strangest brushes you ever saw (which I now have). Grandad 1 made his own stains and polishes, Grandad 2 made his own paints. My Dad and Uncle made their own first cars. They all had a gentle pride in their abilities, but I doubt the word "master" ever occurred to them. They just did what they did to a level that most others would never reach. I try to do the same with modelmaking and technical illustration, my two trades. Please don't call what I do a work of art. Art in the wider field now includes pickled, bisected calves in tanks and stinking, rancid, unmade beds. I have no desire to join that group of fakers!
I have my idea of who the very best were, but most on here wouldn't know of them. But if you're after a google-fest, try George Iliffe Stokes, Geoff Pember and Gordon Gravett. Finish off with J.K. "Jack" Nelson, (one of my personal mentors when I was a teenager) and you'll have an idea of where I am coming from. All the above come/came from a "make do and mend" attitude, as do I.

Basically, I am with Woodie's earlier post.

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Clay target shooting . Now that takes me back about 35 years.

Had to give it away when I got married and kids arrived. I could no longer afford the shells.

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