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 Posted: Thu Nov 25th, 2010 01:46 am
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"We (Connecticut G Scalers) will be setting up the"


"But there is no G scale. There is a G gauge"


Better set those guys in the club straight-----


GEE WHIZ


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 Posted: Thu Nov 25th, 2010 02:15 am
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DW-you need to try to express your emotions. Don't hold anything in!

My friend Muj told someone that he modeled in HO scale and they wanted to know if he had ever been arrested. Of course he didn't say "aich-oh", it was mo' like ho' scale. Thinking about that, I have some 1:35 ho's at the Gila Hotel.

We had better quit these shannigans afore' Dave deletes stuff. Wonder what Herbicide would think?

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 Posted: Thu Nov 25th, 2010 02:32 am
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Well, I'm on the phone with Herbie at this moment and he's laughing his arse off...



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 Posted: Thu Nov 25th, 2010 02:57 am
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OK,  I model in 1/29 scale on G gauge track--indoors--kinda-sorta fine scale (yes, I know the correct track gauge should be 1.9482758 inches).

Anybody asks what scale this is,  I tell'em "1/29".   But if I HAD to come up with a stinkin' letter, I'd call it "3X" because 29 is 3 times 87 and everyone knows what size HO is.

Maybe I won't have to.

BTW, of late I have come to believe the correct track gauge to use outdoors is 7 1/2 inches.

Last edited on Thu Nov 25th, 2010 03:01 am by UNCLE BOB



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Modeling the EXPERIENCE of 2ft narrow gauge by REPLICATING the equipment.
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 Posted: Thu Nov 25th, 2010 03:02 am
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I've seen HO's come in all shapes, sizes and colors... ;)



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 Posted: Thu Nov 25th, 2010 01:13 pm
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Dwayne wrote: F*** everyone who keeps thinking in terms of LETTER designations. Start thinking in terms of RATIO and all this confusion would be gone. So simple yet ignorant people keep perpetuating the dumbass notion of using a letter to denote what they're modeling. :bang:Dwayne
I do not see that it matters what they call it. Everyone gets the terminology wrong anyway.
When they say the scale is 1/48 they are incorrect. The scale of 1/48 is 1/4"=1'-0".
1/48 is the size ratio, not the scale.
But language changes over time and the changes are caused by the public's popular usage, not by academicians like me sitting in my ivory tower telling everyone that they are wrong.  :bang:
I agree with you but I can do nothing about it so I don't worry about it. I am not going to let popular usage raise my bile factor by one iota. As far as I am concerned it is a tempest in a teapot. A humorous one at that.
Another example is the way we say numbers when there is a decimal point. With numbers, the word "and" refers to the decimal point. So when an overstuffed politician or pompous orator says something like, "... in this year of two thousand and ten." he is speaking of some time in early February of the year 2000, not 2010. This is because what he said is 2000.10, not 2010. "And" is the decimal point.
But since everyone says it wrong eventually it will be acceptable to one and all, almost like the word "ain't".:P
My favorite, by the way, is the 17/64 scale (hee hee, I meant size ratio) used by true believers for O scale trains in the 1930's and 1940's. Since the 1.25 inch gauge of O scale track is really closer to 17/64 than 1/48 these guys made everything larger so they could be happy with the standard O scale track and existing wheel sets.
Us people are the funniest critters on this planet.:)
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 Posted: Thu Nov 25th, 2010 06:46 pm
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Settle down-life is too short to worry about this trivial crap. Call things as you will, build what you want to whatever "scale" you want. I wish I was a lot younger then I wouldn't have any problems telling the old cats how I know so much more than they know.

G SCALE/GAUGE or whatever was THOUGHT UP BY LGB*. Before they coined the letter deal, there was NO G. Now if you're talking about RULE G, that is something else. Or maybe it's G, Beaver, you little goof!

                                        No soup for you!

                                                     Boudreaux

*Lehmann Grosse Bahn...is it G or is it GROSSE (gardens had nothing to do with it)



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 Posted: Thu Nov 25th, 2010 07:41 pm
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G spot?;)



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 Posted: Thu Nov 25th, 2010 09:42 pm
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I think it is mainly we who have come to large (G) scale from other smaller, more formalized scales, like HO, who are concerned or even aware of this scale/gauge issue of 45mm track and the variety of stuff that will run on it.

I have a lot of garden railroad friends who don't know, or if they do, don't give a hoot about the whole matter.  They just buy whatever they find interesting and run it all together as they see fit.  And they do seem to have a lot of fun.  Standard gauge, narrow gauge, whatever!  Their main concern is wether the coupelers will hook-up.

Well,  that's not how I do it but I figure anyboby can do their railroad as they please. Besides, the volume of models bought by garden railroaders help make things more afordable for the minority of "serious" modelers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Posted: Fri Nov 26th, 2010 05:09 am
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As far as I can tell, those who like to seriously model to a certain scale do so and have their fun that way. Those who like to model G gauge in a more relaxed manor will do their thing their way.
Ultimately, there is no correct way to model these things. Each individual makes his model RR his way as it is supposed to please him.
It is just a real hoot to explain G to modelers who are in other gauges and scales where things are more strictly held to a certain scale.
Like the slogan says "Model Railroading is fun."
That is all that counts.
As to the perfect scale, if I ever win the lottery and have gazillions of money to play with, I would build a 2  or 3 foot narrow gauge railway and populate it with coal fired steam locomotives and drive those around the property.
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