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 Posted: Sun Jul 6th, 2014 07:57 am
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Greetings,

I have been lurking as a guest on FreeRails off and on for most of the last year and have gotten inspired to get back into model railroading with my 11 year old son. We have both been entranced by Woody's work on the Mogollon. I have been distracted by model airplanes for the last 35 years (15 professionally) but more and more miss my old trains as well. While we have no layout now, we will be doing a couple of dioramas and micro layouts to sort out and refine some scenery techniques before moving on to the "big one." More to come on that as we get closer. Inspired by the Carstens On30 annuals in the meantime, I have been stalking some On30 gear on ebay, have picked up a few items and am amazed at what all is available.

I also dabble in machining and am considering installing a glorified circuit of Gauge 1 track in the garden for 7/8-scale live steam rolling stock. I have been smitten by the quarry Hunslet locomotives and until I get something built and steaming, I plan to run some of the LGB stock that my father bought while I was growing up.

The boy's first practice round was this desk organizer that he wanted to make. Yeah, that is a lot of real estate for three toilet paper tubes of storage, but it was fun and he really did most of what you are looking at here. It started with two layers of 2-inch foam hot-melted to a piece of 1/4-inch masonite, carved and skinned with plaster, then dressed up with acrylic washes and paint, followed by a combination of Woodland Scenics, real pebbles and dirt. The plaster rock castings were done in an aluminum foil mold, colored with washes, then touched up with paint.

It isn't perfect, but we feel it looks pretty good, we learned a lot for the next round and we had a lot of fun together. That covers all the bases in my world.

Thayer

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 Posted: Sun Jul 6th, 2014 03:04 pm
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Nice work on the scenic ''organizer''. That lad is ready for some serious scenery building--do you rent him out?

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 Posted: Sun Jul 6th, 2014 06:12 pm
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Howdy Thayer & son...welcome to Freerails. We hope to see more photos, your son has got the "knack"... Take care and run a train today.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 7th, 2014 11:13 am
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Hi Thayer & Son

Welcome from Londinium !

Great work ... a few palm-trees ... and it says ...

... ' Tracey Island ' to me !!!

Gerry Anderson would be impressed ...

... & Thunderbird-3, would look FAB lauching from underground !

All the best.

Cheers.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 7th, 2014 01:56 pm
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Thanks guys, we really didn't expect such a welcome. Looking forward to being a more active part of the community.

Thayer

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 Posted: Mon Jul 7th, 2014 04:37 pm
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Thayer,

Would you happen to the the same guy that has written and published many model airplane articles over the past several years?

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That all depends, were those articles any good?

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 Posted: Mon Jul 7th, 2014 05:24 pm
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Well, suffice it to say I bought more than one or two items based on your reviews. :doh: :)



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 Posted: Mon Jul 7th, 2014 05:27 pm
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In that case, yes, it is me!

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 Posted: Mon Jul 7th, 2014 05:32 pm
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I sort of thought as much when I saw your name in the thread title. You're the only Thayer I've ever known.... well, not known but you know what I mean. Then when I read your little bio above I kinda of knew it was you.

Welcome to Freerails!

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