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 Posted: Mon Mar 4th, 2013 06:16 pm
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So the other day, I'm talking to my wife about my model trains and I'm telling her how I have to build these locomotives from brass kits and how I have to learn how to work with brass first and how I have to learn to solder properly first and how I have to hand lay track in an unusual gauge and how I have a long way to go before I'll have any sort of layout and she says, "why are you doing it like that?" "Don't you want to have some trains to play with now?" "Nah", says I. "I want to build these WDLR trains. You don't see many models of those." Then she says, "whatever, but I'd want some trains to play with first."

Humm...... Then the wheels in my head begin to turn and I remember how I'm always saying that I like to start off simple because it's the best way for me have some success early on and to keep my interest. How could I have forgotten that so soon after the Brookville kitbash success? It's a common pitfall for me. Once I get going a little bit I promptly go out and bite off more than I can chew. One good look at the Wrightlines Baldwin 4-6-0T kit told me that I had bitten off WAY more than I can chew. At least at this point in my model railroading career.

With that it mind, I'm going back to 1:35n2. That's fairly simple. I'm going to make some fun little loco conversions of Bachmann On30 locos. They won't have to look specifically like anything that ever actually existed so long as they look somewhat believable. I'm going to lay flex track and use commercial turnouts, I'm going to use commercially available DCC and I'm gonna have me A LAYOUT sooner than later. After that or maybe even a little along the way, I'll make the O14 WDLR locos and eventually that dream layout of France during WWI.

See, that's what good wives are for. They keep you grounded when you need it the most.



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 Posted: Mon Mar 4th, 2013 07:22 pm
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haha... that's funny Mike but its so true.

My father has a similar problem. He's been buying engines and rolling stock and structures for as long as I can remember, waiting for the day he retires. When I built my first portable On30 he looked at it with great admiration and I asked him why he doesn't just do something small to get started... Unlike you though he still hasn't come to his senses and has over 100 steam loco's, thousands of freight cars etc just sitting around in cases, in cabinets... just waiting. I personally don't see the fun in that when he could be running and enjoying them already.

Oh well...

Glad you're going to get something up and running.



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 Posted: Mon Mar 4th, 2013 10:53 pm
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Thanks, Shawn. I do like the modeling of obsecure subjects and I will get that done but im finding myself jealous of the guys that have trains to run on layouts. I have a couple little R/C projects to finish and then I'm going to start planning some type of mining layout or maybe a logging layout. I haven't decided which just yet but it's going to be one of those two.



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 Posted: Mon Mar 4th, 2013 11:02 pm
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The title of your thread gave me a good chuckle ... not so much at your expense as that painfully familiar sort of thing! :dope:

Glad your wife had the :brill: to set you straight ... does she do consulting? :)



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SJSlots wrote: haha... that's funny Mike but its so true.

My father has a similar problem. He's been buying engines and rolling stock and structures for as long as I can remember, waiting for the day he retires. When I built my first portable On30 he looked at it with great admiration and I asked him why he doesn't just do something small to get started... Unlike you though he still hasn't come to his senses and has over 100 steam loco's, thousands of freight cars etc just sitting around in cases, in cabinets... just waiting. I personally don't see the fun in that when he could be running and enjoying them already.

Oh well...

Glad you're going to get something up and running.
Looks like he gets his fix building rather than operating. To each one it's own, I guess.... Jose.



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Well, I do like the building part but aside from running round and round a train set I got for Christmas when I was a boy, I've never operated a model railroad. And I want that now, so my focus for now is shifting.



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Let me guess.... both of you build in different scales/eras/gauges.



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Both of us? No. My wife builds no models of any kind. What she does is know me well enough to make recommendations on things she has no interest in and have them make sense to me.



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K.I.S.S.

I believe to many make it harder on themselves because they forget to keep it simple. It's a hobby. It should be relaxing. Life is to short to stress out over something as inconsequential as this hobby.Keep it simple. Have fun.



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While your wife is in a good mood, ask her for some money so you can buy track etc, for this layout she is suggesting.

Might work--

Then again-------

Shut up Herb!!

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