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 Posted: Thu Dec 29th, 2016 07:51 pm
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Good afternoon Lee,
 Thanks for the page, I will read it later today, it is nice to see what others are doing.  Now that I have finished my coffee break, the boss says time to get back to working on the last diesel for the railroad.
Thanks again to all,
 Steve

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 Posted: Fri Dec 30th, 2016 12:23 am
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Good evening Lee,
 Thanks for the link, I just love to see what the pioneers like Woodie, Si, and others are doing, it gives me insight.
Steve

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 Posted: Fri Dec 30th, 2016 01:56 am
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Hi again Steve :wave:


I have modeled, over the years, in N, OO, HO, On3, O, 1:24n3, G, 1:12

Some have been only 'try outs', some more serious & long lasting.

It was not really apparent to me WHAT scale or gauge I really liked the most.

I suppose I was a 'classic' RUBBERGAUGER !

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH !!


Rubbergauging, IMO, is the DISEASE ! of model railroading !!

For me at any rate, in slotcars, the choice of scale is EASY.

Although you can get HO, 1:43 & 1:24 slotcars ...

... 1:32 is really where it's AT !


1:24 is WAY too big for slotcars, unless you have a BARN and BINOCULARS to race the things (possibly OK for clubs).

HO & 1:43 slotcars IMO don't have the 'weight & mass' to perform in quite the same way as 1:32 ones do.

So the choice IMO is an easy one.


In railroading 'weight & mass' is not really the issue.

I would say the issue is 'human scale'.

The question I asked myself was, how big do I want my model human figures to be ? ...

... & can I fit the other items such as railroad stuff & structure in with that choice ?


After a period of uncertainty & testing out mostly 1:35 military kits, such as figures & small vehicles, I decided it was.

I still have my 1:24n3 models, also a small amount of HO & some 1:12 figures and bits.

BUT ... I am no longer a 'rubbergauger' really (thank goodness) ...

... There is no doubt in my mind, that 1:35n2 is where I'm at, till they nail the lid on !! ;)


That is a nice feeling, as I am 'pacing' my new experiment, with a long-range schedule in mind.

Rolling-stock first, then structures, then layout building.

Of course this in practice is all overlapping a bit, but I'm sure you get what I mean.


In any case ...

... I'm having FUN !


:moose:


Si.


My thanks also to the Texan train-baron, Woodie :cb: for helping to get me on the straight & 'narrow' ! ;)


:bg:



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 Posted: Fri Dec 30th, 2016 03:06 am
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Good evening Si,
 I do understand and though I early on tried HO and HOn3 once I discovered On30 that was it.  I still don't remember nor do I know why one day I started down the 3/8 road. As much as I like the look of On30, my railroad takes up almost a 1900 square foot basement, I really liked the proportion of the 3/8's stuff.
  I like lots of detail to bring to life the scenes we try to create and so it is important to do the same with the larger sizes.  In fact I am surprised just how long it takes to build something now.  One can no longer cheat and not add the NBW's or nail holes or hinges and the like. I like the bulk of G Scale but even in my basement I would never be able to pull it off, when it comes to detail, the costs would really be too much.  I think one can have well detailed scenes at about the same price as O scale.
 As I see it, it is all about the journey and the creativity.  Thanks for your help and thoughts it causes me to reflect and that is always a good thing.
Wishing you a Happy New Year,
Steve

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 Posted: Fri Feb 10th, 2017 01:46 pm
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Hi Steve

Well, finally found your 'official' posting on 3/8n40.

Precision Scale Co has some 3/8" scale parts listed in their large scale catalogue http://www.precisionscaleco.com/Large%20Scale%20Catalog.pdf although some stuff listed as 3/8" is possibly better described as 'multi scale'. With a small following in New Zealand modelling 42" gauge on O-gauge track, we have a few parts such as Westinghouse 6" combined brake set (K-brake), headlights, air pump, turbo generator, cowcatchers etc available as brass or pewter castings. I make some passenger and freight trucks in cast pewter which could be adapted to take O-scale wheelsets such as NWSL's - the wheelsets we use are 'finescale' with tiny flanges so they might not work for you anyway.

I use Kadee 804 and 805 couplers, so probably nothing new for you there.

NZ 9mm:ft modellers have tended to look to 1:35 military model kits for parts to adapt, vehicles and figures. I look for kits for tank or aircraft maintenance crews because the figures are often wearing overalls which are easier to alter to 'civilian' appearance than a military uniform, plus they might have tools which can be used in a workshop scene. Preiser makes some nice 1:32 unpainted figures, albeit in very European clothing styles.

Recently I figured out how to make steam loco driving wheel centres using Shapeways' Black-Strong-Flexible, and it has turned out more successful than I had dared to hope - the 'flexible' is really a misnomer, 'tough' is more accurate. This is awesome for crazy people like me who model in awkward scales because now I don't have to use compromises like Slaters O-scale wheels with their too-many and too-fine spokes; instead I can make very accurate copies of the prototypes. I am working very hard to improve my skills on my lathe so that I can make my own tyres consistently. My accuracy improved markedly when I fitted digital read-outs to my lathe - it is old and has imperial handwheels, which I just cannot get my head around, being brought up in the metric era!

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Paul Woods
Whangarei, NZ.

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Paul,
 thank you so much for the information, it is truly a Godsend, also please accept my apology for not answering sooner.  We have moved over to a new computer and I am trying to learn the new system. What you have sent me will be a big help.
Again thank you,
Steve

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Money, Scale & Eyeballs

I recently stumbled across a couple of model railroad blogs where newcomers were asking about what radius to use in HO scale.  While they received a lot of good information some modelers suggested that they might look into N scale as a fair size empire could be built on the old 4 x 8 foot sheet of plywood.

I use to model in HO.  Built a decent size pike in a spare bedroom many years ago.  A move brought the end to that railroad.  I started to collect Lionel and built a few layouts, including my current one which is about 4 x 10 feet.  I also dabbled a little in On30.

Nature abhors a vacuum; so the smaller the scale the greater the desire to fill all available space.  That requires many engines and cars...Money.  But it seems the reverse happens with larger Scales as it often doesn't take much to fill up available space...therefore less money is spent on locomotives and equipment.  Besides the larger scales are much easier on the old Eyeballs.

So, I've decided to follow in Woodie and Si's footsteps and dive into 35n2.  I have already acquired a few figures, a couple of autos, an ore car, and have just started on my first adobe structure.  My future model railroad will be located out in the desert servicing a few silver mines and hauling borax.  Because space is limited, as well as money, I need to choose my railroad equipment carefully and tailor it to the industries being serviced.  Maybe 2 locos and 8-10 freight cars would be all I need...keep it cheap and simple.  Everything will be kitbashed or scratch built except for the track which will just use HO products.



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Because space is limited, as well as money, I need to choose my railroad equipment carefully and tailor it to the industries being serviced

So you are just following the prototype to the letter. Way to go!.
Jose.



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Howdy all, consider this also...in a larger scale like 1:35 or 1:32, you actually need LESS to fill a given space. That stated, probably less locomotives and rolling stock to build, less structures since they are larger, adaptability of other scales to modify, etc., and the cost? Once again, that Italiari 1:35 "Field Tool Kit" may cost under 10 bucks USD, if it were available for "model railroad use", it would cost over $50 USD or maybe more. Model railroaders are "used" to paying more for stuff. Figures (even counting the time to modify soldiers) are less and most cases are much better detailed than O scale mens costing a lot more. And so on, so on...
Yes, there's a case for the "in between" scales. Why do I like 1:35? Because it is cheaper, has lots of details, and it probably won't be promoted by big model railroad manufacturers. Imagine Bachmann offering a "1:35n2 Porter 0-4-2t", it would probably cost $400 or so. Hmmmmm...

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In my humble opinion I think that On30 has become very expensive for most modelers unless you are willing to do modifications on your own.  Bachmann equipment has gone straight up in price.

Working in 35n2 I think I can use the 'good enough' principal with my models.  After all we live in an imperfect world.



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