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Exactly How Big Would An HO-Scale Rabbit Be ?
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 Posted: Thu May 9th, 2013 10:10 pm
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Glad that some of you found the project interesting. And as to the way I made it. I had learned the glue idea when I made a Ho scale Fish market stand for a friend of mine. like the rabbits I drew out the fish on card stock and cut them out and then applied the glue to one side to give the fish a rounded body. then coated them with dull coat and then painted the rounded side in the colors the fish would be and then glued them on top of crushed sea salt in the bin. once finished it looked like fish on ice. Thanks for the compliments, I appreciate it.

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Chris wrote: . once finished it looked like fish on ice.Do you have a pic?.
BTW, if you are willing to spend that much time on a rabbit, wonder how a loco or structure a couple years from now will look. I envision a reserved spot at the NMRA Nats... Jose.



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 Posted: Thu May 9th, 2013 11:15 pm
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No the fish bin went straight to my friend upon completion. But I intend to build another one for my warf on my Boston and Maine line at some point. The best part of that project was making the ice. as once the sea salt was crushed in the grinder and sprinkled in it did look for all purposes like ice. Yes I tend to get into detailing. something that has had me asked many times why are you trying to do so much on something that may not even be seen clearly? To which I always answer: Isn't that what modeling is? I realize at times to be in scale u have to reach certain limits, and some things are just too little to model or really to be seen in these scales. And yes I have left items out before. But trying to model at times can actually be a form of therapy. it helps keep you busy. As in my case I was disabled in an accident. So I find spending time trying to add little details to some models helps keep my mind off Not being able to do a lot of the things I would like to do. Plus the nice thing about trying to add as many details as you can gives one the feeling of accomplishment in what you just made. And I have always looked at modeling as trying to make an exact copy of an actual item as best you can. And what is a rabbit hutch without the rabbits? it's just an empty pen. But Thank you for the compliment Jose I appreciate it.

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The trick about being a successful superdetailer is breaking each project into smaller parts, like you don't model "a house" but a basic box shape, interior detail room by room, doors, windows, etc. Otherwise it may become overwhelming (don't ask..... etc). Jose.



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Was watching a video on youtube by model railroader of mike hammers layout. he showed a school house he built using a cheerios box and a file folder. it looked like a kit would never known it was made of cardboard. Although I agreed with what he says about kit basing and scratch building buildings for your layout. He commented just using everyday kits means your layout will be like everyone else's as chances are they too have the same kits. made sense to me. what do you guys think? Chris

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Usually when I got a kit, unless it was from a specific prototype that I wanted to follow, was considered just as a pile of parts ready to be modified in any way I pleased. Jose.



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Chris--

that was one of the reasons that I abandoned HO many many years ago.

Every layout had the same buildings, the same Mantua and Varney cars.

I moved to O scale, where I was forced to scratchbuild--Car kits were too expensive, locos were ridiculously high.

I have never looked back.

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And if you want to be recognized as a die-hard scratchbuilder select a odd scale where NOTHING AT ALL is commercially available. Jose.



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