To be truthful, I bought both On30 Shays and Porters back when I worked for a hobby shop, paid cost. But then, the Porters retailed for 50 bucks, I paid 26 or so. The Shays were a little over 100, my cost was about 60. So, that was when the On30 "craze" started and prices were less...no DCC or sound effects. There's no way I could afford these today so I keep them running. These days, I spend money on 1:35 military details parts or things like the 1:48 dozer which I "upscaled". "Good enough" is fine for me but remember that larger models need more and better detailing...but that's just my "thing".
____________________ It doesn't matter if you win or lose, its' how you rig the game.
I was thinking (often a bad idea) of putting a little music inside a 1:35 scale building I'm working on. Given the era that one is modeling it shouldn't be too hard to come up with something. This is what I had in mind since I'm modeling a western narrow gauge somewhere out in eastern California of Nevada around the 1920s-1930s: