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 Posted: Tue Feb 10th, 2015 09:59 pm
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NevadaBlue wrote:
Inspires... Inspiration for this old coot (new at the model game) comes from those who willingly share what they do and have fun doing it. They don't count rivets or criticize unnecessarily. There are too many for me to list, but quite a few are listed above and are members here.
I thank all of you who DO share what you do and try to help those of us who may not have the experience or skills that you do. I know from my other (previous) hobbies how difficult it is to do both the work AND the documentation necessary for a good thread.

THANK YOU!!!

I think this is where I was coming from. I have no problem with those who wish to count rivets but I do have a problem when said rivetcounter insists his is the only way to count them and then make personal criticisms of the would be rivet counters methods. I think its ok to criticize ideas but not persons and that comes to a fairly grey line at times.
But going thru here ( Freerails) I always read the "How I did this (with illustrations)" first, followed then by the "look at what I have done - but I'm too busy to tell you how I did it" posts....



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 Posted: Wed Feb 11th, 2015 01:02 am
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My earliest inspiration was John Allen, for his marvelous scenery and life-like photography. There were others at the time but his still sticks in my mind to this day. I think what made his work stand out so much was that his approach to modeling, particularly scenery, was so ambitious (and I mean that in the best sense). He thought "outside the box" and created something unique and memorable.

In 1980 I "discovered" the Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette, a veritable fountain of inspirational modeling. Here were people doing a type of modeling, and railroading, that really appealed to me -- lots of Western-style mines, mining towns, quaint little narrow gauge trains, or funky industrial trains. Lots of articles about scratchbuilding and weathering, to produce models that looked like they lived in the real world.

Some of the Gazette articles that had the biggest impact on me back then were by two guys who weren't even model railroaders -- Gary Nash and Mic Greenburg. They built things like a 1920 concrete mixer, and a boat repair yard, that were some of the finest models I'd ever seen, and they introduced techniques that were miles ahead of what most model railroaders were doing.

Another was the late Al Armitage, who drew hundreds of prototype plans and was also a pioneer of styrene modeling. When I started my outdoor layout, his work was what convinced me that rustic, weathered wooden buildings could be convincingly modeled using plastic.

Harry Brunk's long-running series "Up Clear Creek On The Narrow Gauge" was always inspirational, particularly the way he told not just how he did things, but why.

There were others too numerous to mention, some regular columnists, some one-time contributors.

In later years, after I returned to the hobby, I found particularly inspiring such modelers as Geoff Nott, Lane Stewart, Boone Morrison, and the late Paul Scoles.

Most recently I've found inspiration from many modelers online. In particular Chuck Doan, Gordon Birrell, and Marc Reusser, have had a big influence on my modeling.



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Then theres this bloke who's building take my breath away...



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 Posted: Wed Feb 11th, 2015 09:53 pm
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Like I said earlier, that's quite a list. And wouldn't you know it, forum drops into low activity and then bam! Back to normal activity.

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Count me in with Malcolm Furlow. I loved the skill mixed with whimsy. He made model railroading a fun thing for !

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" John H. Ahern, whose trio of Model......Construction books I have to this day by my chair....
Locomotive, Building and Landscape. You need no other."


Hi Martin :wave:


TOP TRIO !


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Sorry guys, nothing for you rocket-scientists in those I'm afraid.

No foam-board, microchips, sound-effects, D.C.C, L.E.D, L.C.D, etc.


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Jock Oliphant was a great inspiration.
Jack Work was a great model builder.
Gil Melle was great.
All three are known for structures.
I guess their work had meaning for me as that is what I really enjoy.
Roger Malinowski and Brian Nolan are among my favorites.
I have tried very hard to build great scenery like John Olson and Malcolm Furlow but have always failed.
I think if I could have two people live next door to me to learn from it would have to be John Olson and Malcolm Furlow.
For sheer entertainment value, I think Charlie Getz can't be beat.
Another Gazette author I have great respect for is Lane Stewart.
My friend Brian Block is a great model builder as well.
I think the efforts of Bob Brown in publishing the Gazette for all these years is owed a great big thanks.



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 Posted: Thu Mar 9th, 2017 12:13 pm
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Eric Stevens and his $1 cars. I blame him for starting to scratchbuild. And Alan Armitage for introducing me to styrene.
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 Posted: Thu Mar 9th, 2017 12:40 pm
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darrylhuffman wrote: ....
Jack Work was a great model builder...
i was wondering when JW would appear.

John Allen & Jack Work set my gears in motion so long ago.

and in my cousin's hand me down issues of HO Monthly - Eric La Nal

aka Dr Allen lake Rice if memory serves. made interesting modeling seem attainable for an eight year old with a 50 cent a week allowance.

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 Posted: Thu Mar 9th, 2017 05:46 pm
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i've heard things to that effect before. what's the backstory in objective terms?

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