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 Posted: Sun Jun 25th, 2017 07:19 pm
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I think people often romanticize the "Wild West" an tend to forget how rough life was for folks on the frontier. They had to make do with whatever they had, be it dugout shelters, log cabins, adobe houses or shacks made of leftover explosives boxes.
It certainly wasn't the way it was depicted in Western movies. 

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 Posted: Sun Jun 25th, 2017 09:16 pm
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Reality and Hollywood are miles apart when it comes to depicting the Wild West.  The Virginia City on Bonanza and the real Virginia City in Nevada are completely different (having been there several times).  Virginia City and Bodie (CA) were very wild in their early days with a shooting most every day.  I remember one story about a gun fight where the opponents were so close together that one shooter got his barrel tangled in the other's watch chain.  Later in the 1800s it was very common for towns to restrict the carrying of guns within city limits.  Later mining towns, such as Rhyolite,  that sprang up around the turn of the century were comparatively quiet with hardly a shooting or stabbing. 

I recall a story about Skidoo where a rather loud mouth miner got drunk and shot and killed another miner that was very well liked.  The town rounded up the loud mouth and proceeded to conduct a trial that evening right on the spot.  The loud mouth was quickly found guilty and hung from a telegraph pole.  A reporter over in Independence heard of the incident and quickly arrived in Skidoo to get the details.  The miners were more than accommodating; they dug up the body of the loud mouth miner that they had hung a few days previous, and re-hung him so that the reporter could take a picture.  Western justice was often swift, if not always correct.

I suppose that Hollywood has to get their movies somewhat clean in order to get that 'PG' rating.

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-gunfights.html


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 Posted: Tue Jun 27th, 2017 09:11 pm
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Progress on the "casa de TNT" has met an impasse:
Not sure if it shows, but this old building was once covered in that funky faux red-brick asphalt-siding that you use to see on houses on the wrong side of the tracks:






The plan for modeling the faux red-brick asphalt siding was to get a photograph from a right angle, then print it on a thick, non-reflective paper. This is part of the reason why the detail on the model is minimal, as most of it will be covered by the asphalt siding.
 This would have been all-fine-and dandy, except I didn't take any pics of the faux-red brick siding from the right angle while I was there. I figured it would be easy-peasy to cruise around older neighborhoods and find some of that material to photograph, but after cruising all of the sketchy streets, alleys and ghettos, I have found zero. Seems like that stuff was all over just a few years back, now it is getting pretty darn hard to find!

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 Posted: Tue Jun 27th, 2017 09:35 pm
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I remember being in grad school and reading a architectural history book that described the faux -brick asphalt siding as "white trash" siding.  That was the actual term used in the book! Before that time, I had made casual note of the stuff when I saw it in a ghost town in Nevada, or along the "wrong side" of the tracks. Now that I knew that the snooty architectural historians hated the stuff, I liked it even more! 

Faux-brick asphalt siding first appears in the early 1930s, and it was an immediate hit during the Great Depression. By 1940 or so dozens of variations could be purchased through Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Wards and other retailers. By the 1950s there were faux-cut stone versions available as well, but the tan and red brick versions seem to be the oldest. 

The price was cheap.  For a cabin the size of the house I am modelling, it would have taken only 4-5 rolls of the material and a a couple pounds of roofing nails. While the architectural snobs might look down there noses at it, to someone living in drafty wooden shack in the desert where the wind howls damn near every day, it was $20 well spent.
Not to mention that it saved the miners the trouble of having to paint their shack...as if miners ever painted their shacks lol.





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 Posted: Wed Jun 28th, 2017 01:27 am
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I'm sure I've seen the stuff at various mining towns, but just never thought about it.  Looks like this brick siding came out about the same time as asbestos shingles.



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I am looking forward to see how you do it! I have seen it all over as well. Green/gray is also popular. It was used frequently across the country to preserve (paint is expensive & time consuming) wooden structures. Too new for my era, but I was thinking about finding a way to "flatten" kerosene cans for cladding. Keep on! I can't wait to see how this structure turns out. If I see some, I'll get an image for you.



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Steven,

Not sure what era you are modeling in but during WWI the British came out with a gasoline can called a 'flimsy'.  Since my layout is in the 1930s I was looking at making up a few 'flimsies' for use at the various mines I'm modeling.  I've seen a few offered at military models websites.  The 'jerry can' didn't come out until WWII.

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?/topic/160855-ww1-jerrycan/




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Apologies to everyone following the T&P thread as the photos seem to have disappeared...

I have them hosted on Photobucket, but somehow the settings seem to have changed, and the only way I can share the pics is by making my Photobucket album "public."I'm looking at options right now as I have pics of my family mixed in and do not want to make them available to everyone, so bear with me while I look at options, thanks, Duane

As a footnote, I'm technologically challenged, so if ya'll know of a way to fix it, I'd appreciate it!



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Hi Duane.



See the current Thread about the latest PhotoBucket.Com 'terrorist' demands, in the 'Photo Posting' Forum.


http://freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7838&forum_id=62


This I am afraid could be bad news.



PhotoBucket.Com have held millions of users photos to RANSOM for cash $$$

Wrecking millions of auction listings, forum pages, personal blogs etc. etc. etc.

They are basically demanding $400 a year from you, for life, to 'un-ransom' your photos.



PhotoBucket.Com will be going out of business soon, after this swindle.



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Si.



I would probably recommend starting a NEW Thread & using the FREE 'Members Gallery' for Posting photos.



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Haven't read the thread yet, but that is exactly what my fears were.

Seems that much of the internet has devolved into money making scams or shams....unlike us pure souls who just want to learn and share our love of trains unhindered by the evil tentacles of capitalism...(insert creepy laughter of your own choosing).

Edit-the Photobucket scumbags obviously try to make themselves scarce by not having a service department or answering emails, but they may respond through their 'sales' department, which btw, seems very proud of their 'high-impact page take-overs:"
So, like they advertise, "Let's Connect!"
Let’s Connect!For more information about how to reach our highly engaged audience, contact us:Email: advertise@photobucket.comPhone: (303) 226-6800

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