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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 10:05 pm
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Lee B
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O scale is so odd. I have things all made for O scale but they clearly are made in different real scales. Some are 1/48, some 1/43, some 1/50, and some... well, I have no clue what it is.
The 3-railers didn't make it easy in that many of them revel in using anything that is close.
Then, there's the Brit O scale. That adds a new dimension.
THEN, there's the semi-scale 2-rail types, which use something I think is closer to S than anything else. I have figures made by the same company, all for O, and the actual scale is nowhere near one another.
I mean geez, say what you will about HO, but at least most of the stuff made for 1/87 is indeed 1/87!



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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 10:32 pm
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Michael M
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Lee,

I feel your pain.  If O scale isn't challenging enough take a look at G scale.  Now,  is G scale 1:32, 1:29, 1:20.3, pr 1:24?  Or maybe something you haven't heard of.  Try ordering parts through the mail that are simply labeled as 'G' scale.

In 1:35 scale parts are borrowed from both O scale and G scale.  I've used some Tri-ang OO scale metal frame cars as a starting point for something homemade.  I've also used some HO and N scale tank cars as either fuel or water storage.



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 Posted: Tue Aug 8th, 2017 11:48 pm
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Michael M wrote: Lee,



I feel your pain.  If O scale isn't challenging enough take a look at G scale.  Now,  is G scale 1:32, 1:29, 1:20.3, pr 1:24?  Or maybe something you haven't heard of.  Try ordering parts through the mail that are simply labeled as 'G' scale.



Good point, Michael. That's one of the reasons I got out of G (that the and crushing cost of just about anything in that scale) as there didn't seem to be any consistency to be able to order anything without seeing it first.



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 Posted: Wed Aug 9th, 2017 04:59 am
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Lee,

I'm really enjoying working in 1:35 scale.  Two-foot narrow gauge comes out to HO gauge so HO and On30 mechanisms can be used.  I made a critter using an HO Plymouth switcher, and a rail truck using a Bachmann HO Brill trolley.  And, they're radio controlled using the guts from inexpensive RC cars.  Granted you have to do a lot of scratch building, but at least my railroad won't look like anybody else's.  I'm also building the pike outside so I don't have to deal with any pesky walls constraining me.



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 Posted: Wed Aug 9th, 2017 02:34 pm
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Ah Scratchbuilding!

To me, that's the way to go.

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So who out there said "Get going then?"



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 Posted: Mon Aug 14th, 2017 08:57 pm
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Hi all

Sometimes you can get lucky and some rubber-scaling will do the job



A 1/45 scale Magic Trains Stainz goes close to an "exact fit" to a smaller-sized  but bigger-scaled 1/43 scale Krauss when compared to the prototype photo



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