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 Posted: Wed Nov 4th, 2015 08:54 am
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And I have heard people say that putting a receiver and battery into a loco is too complicated.

Sigh-------

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Herb:

I think too many people look at the whole task, whatever it is, as a single project.

Even the most complex endeavers look a lot less intimidating if viewed as a series of smaller projects.

I started building an airplane (12"=1') and ran out of time and money. Tucked in my hangar are 38 wing ribs, six aileron hinges and eight compression struts. Each one completed as an individual project.

Maybe someday I will be able to pick the project up again.

I have friends who have completed airplanes. If you look at a finished airplane, the idea of building one is overwhelming. All of the successful builders share the same opinion. If you look at each individual component as a project, the whole job looks a lot easier.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 5th, 2015 10:21 am
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You are entirely correct about breaking a large task into smaller projects--I was just kidding that there is a lot easier way to accomplish the desired result.

By the way--A friend gave me a couple hour ride in a Christian Eagle that he had built. Quite a thrill. Several minutes flying the length of the Susquehanna river----inverted.


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True about the whole being a daunting task when viewed that way.
I felt the same way about my layout. It was a crushing thing to ponder when it was still a pile of uncut lumber. Thankfully, while I was planning, I was building structures and modifying/decaling/weathering almost all the rolling stock I have now.
Even in a small room like my layout is, it was almost too much for me to comprehend that I'd get the whole thing done at any point. Every task I took on seemed to need 10 others and my brain started to hurt just thinking about it.
But, I plodded along and now all I need to do is to get the scenery done, which will start very soon...



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 Posted: Thu Nov 5th, 2015 12:55 pm
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Herb Kephart wrote:
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You are entirely correct about breaking a large task into smaller projects--I was just kidding that there is a lot easier way to accomplish the desired result.

By the way--A friend gave me a couple hour ride in a Christian Eagle that he had built. Quite a thrill. Several minutes flying the length of the Susquehanna river----inverted.


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Lose my lunch!! :)

The Eagle is a terrific airplane. I was building a copy of the Piper Vagabond from plans. A far more sedate airplane.

I fly a Cessna 150...a very sedate airplane.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 5th, 2015 12:58 pm
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Lee:

Yep, one step at a time with the view that each step is a project in itself.

Even the track laying phase was viewed that way. I segmented the trackwork between turnouts, viewing each turnout as a project and each segment of track between turnouts as a project.

I got a little impatient and ordered some kit turnouts. I am thinking I should not have done that now. The kits went down well and fast and are ultra smooth. But they don't fit the ties I had laid very well and you know about the problem with the tie rods.

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Reg,
I'm new to Free Rails, but found your build thread right away. I was so glad to see your posts about trying to at least get some things done on a regular basis. You give me hope that as you are 'under the bench' at 67 years of age, my 52 years is nothing. I've got a lots of ideas for a layout and nothing to show for it. Had started an N scale 'door' layout in 2005 and just dismantled it for lack of completion and for a change to 0n30. My eyes are way too bad to work in with N. Again, your persistence gives me hope that I can get started and keep going for many years to come. Thanks and I look forward to more pics of your progress.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2015 05:09 pm
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One thing I have learnt is that my railroad is my relaxing hobby. I just take my time and slow down enough to enjoy what I am doing.
I see other peoples layouts and I would like that, but I realize I can make plenty of construction headway in a rush, but not enjoying the work involved.
Also I enjoy photos that are presented, to see different techniques of construction and modelling. It gives me ideas for the next biulding or scenery.
Keep up the good work guys & gals!
Andrew
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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2015 06:33 pm
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Yeppers. The hobby is supposed to be fun. Getting all tied up in knots, or pressuring yourself to finish a project doesn't strike me as fun.

In any hobby construction project there are tasks that are less fun than others. I have generally enjoyed the track-laying phase, but I am really ready to move on.

So this latest glitch is a bit de-moralizing. But I will get through it.

In recent years, especially this year, I haven't had the time to work on the layout that I would like. But it sure makes my day when I can get a little time to pick away at something.

Some people just have more time. Take a look at Ed Traxler's stuff on this site and on FB. Great stuff. But Ed has a lot more time than some of the rest of us. His work sure is an inspiration to me.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 11th, 2015 12:01 pm
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Guys,
Thanks for the encouragement you provide to everyone. Seeing the 'perfect' layout always makes me feel inadequate; like I could never do that. But I have to remind myself to just get started, build something, and my skills will come along. Those layouts were just a thought too, prior to all of the effort. My engineering background makes me analyze and plan way too much...even into paralysis. I WILL BREAK FREE!! And you are right, keep it fun...it will last a lifetime.

Sorry to blabber, but thanks again.
Rich

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