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 Posted: Tue Sep 10th, 2019 04:48 pm
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Tom,

Those look great.
One of my favorite parts of the hobby,
is watching what MRRs come up with for re-purposing objects.

I never think "hey that piece of lint looks just like wool packing for around a chimney",
or "that watch gear ratchet would make a really good ratchet for my donkey engine rig.

Nope, I need say a winch ratchet, I go online and look up "O scale winch" and go from there.
It gets kind of expensive and promotes a level of sameness.
I think I'll try a scratch-built building soon to try to break out and join the rest of you.

Great stuff Tom.
Your roundhouse is most impressive and getting more so every day.

Tom


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 Posted: Tue Sep 10th, 2019 06:53 pm
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Thanks Tom. 

I am having fun with it. 

The N scale tanks are kinda small,
so I ordered one in HO scale through eBay just to see. 
I suspect it'll be too big,
but I need to satisfy that question in the back of my mind. 

I'm sure all these parts will get used sooner or later. 

The nice thing about repurposing things in N and HO scale,
is that they're more affordable, especially if second hand. 

Used stuff in 1:48 scale is still too costly,
at least for a penny pincher like me.

- Tom


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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 06:59 am
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Tom,

I've also used some HO and N scale stuff on my 1:35 scale layout,
especially barrels and crates since they come in all sizes. 

An N scale tank car became a small fuel tank at my borax tipple. 

I've used a number of O scale Grandt windows in my buildings. 

Even used some of those cheap green plastic army men for figures
(with a lot of carving and filing).




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 Posted: Thu Sep 12th, 2019 04:48 am
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Michael - about those green guys....

How tall are they in inches? 

I'm having a terrible time finding 1:48 scale dudes,
that are any taller than my little sister.

I'm guessing the green guys are 1:35 scale,
so they'd probably be what, 7'6" tall for my layout?

- Tom





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 Posted: Thu Sep 12th, 2019 05:27 am
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Tom,

Right now I'm using some old Marx army soldiers. 
They're about 2" tall, or close to 6' in 1/35 scale.

They seem to come in a variety of sizes.
 
Check out your local discount dollar stores, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid. 
Hobby Lobby had some, along with some bags of Civil War soldiers.
 
Most places the bags are only a few dollars. 
I think Hobby Lobby was like $10. 

Still, if you don't mind spending an evening or two with your handy Dremel,
some files and sand paper, you can get quite a few reasonable looking figures. 

I like using nail files (the things women use to file their nails),
and get a package at the local discount store for like a buck and two bits.

Even if the figures don't turn out too great,
you can use them in the background,
where no one can get a good close look at them.

If you do go to Hobby Lobby,
get one of their 40% coupons online.




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Tom,

These guys are 1:43. 
A little bigger than the Artista dudes and VERY nicely produced.

https://www.acstadden.co.uk


Or these which are a little smaller.
They also have 40mm figs which are more 1:43 (British O Scale)

http://knuckleduster.com/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=1_78_80


I find that 1:48 is rather variable in people size. 
Some are very big... some not so much.
Even within a single manufacturer. 

Same is true with the 1:43 folks. 
I intend to use a "forced perspective for the bigger vs smaller. 
It will help with the size differences.




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When I was building in 1:48, On20 and On30, I used many 1:48 scale "military" figures,
modified to look like civilians which I found in some military models kits, etc.

Then Woodland Scenics came out with some "48" scale RR type figures,
and I found that I had to separate them from one another, the WS guys were a head or two taller,
and looked like they had just finished lunch at an all you could eat place!
A scale rule settled that the military guys were shorter and skinnier,
and the WS guys were almost like basketball players on steroids!

About that time I got into my "35 scale obsession" and felt better.
As a general rule, the military guys (they are in kits for field kitchens, motorcycles, mechanics, etc.)
looked better and were heads, arms & legs, etc. so I could build any type of figure needed...
just a bit of carving off military stuff and maybe some body putty here & there.

I even made some "ladies" from nazi guys wearing long trench coats which looked like skirts.
I just worked them over a bit and gave them "implants" and they looked like "proper" females!
Now, Tamiya, etc. make 1:35 "civilians" which make it easier...
and those kits are CHEAPER than a set of WS 1:48 figures! Go figure!

Anyway, Once I found a set of Preiser (called price-ier) 1:32 figures, knowing that it was a larger scale.
The unpainted folks scaled out to be men around 5'8" and the ladies about 5'6" or so (in 1:35)
but there were 2 guys in the set that scaled out to be over 7 feet tall-in their scale of 1:32!
They became "body parts".

What does all this mean, Mr. Natural?  Well, it don't mean s$%t,
but just have fun, real folks are different sizes anyway.

Enough of my drivel, I gots loads to haul...later.

Woodie




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Michael, Steven, Woodie - thanks for the suggestions, good ideas. 

I do understand that people come in all sizes,
but generally speaking, I think the "average" guy is somewhere between 5'8" and 6'2"
(I have no facts to back this up, strictly shootin' from the hip). 

The 1:48 people I've found so far are on the tiny side, 5'3" and 5'6". 
No offense meant to folks of diminutive stature. 
The green soldiers would be 8' tall, big even for the NBA. 

I'd like to try modifying inexpensive toy folks to help keep my costs down,
but feel like I need something close in stature to what I'm aiming for. 

Or I guess I could dismantle all the joints and shorten each piece to get what I want.
That's probably still better than carving one from scratch.
 
Keep on truckin'.

- Tom


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 Posted: Thu Sep 12th, 2019 07:29 pm
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Tom,

Here's one figure, a padre, that measures about 1.5" tall. 
Should be about right for 1/48 scale...a little short for 1/35 scale. 

Found it at a local independent crafts store. 
Might find something similar at Michael's or Joann's.





Some of the Homie figures are close to 1.5",
even though they are usually advertised as 2".




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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 02:34 am
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Michael - that's the ticket! 
Good price too. 

I'll look around and see what I can find. 
Thanks.

- Tom


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