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 Posted: Mon Mar 2nd, 2020 01:30 am
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As per requested, a little about me, but not too many identifiables,
as my identity has been hijacked seriously. 
Don’t care to go through that again.


I am old enough now “to be on the dole”,
and currently beginning to enjoy the “entitlement” program I started paying into at age 14 in the '60s. 
Yes, I am entitled to something back from all those payroll deductions…


Back when I was beginning to suffer those aforementioned governmental wage adjustments,
my father garnished the larger percentage of my remaining wages,
lest I spend them frivolously on things like balsa and glue or banana seats and ape-hanger handlebars for my bicycle. 
 
I was able to spend some of my resulting meager allotment at hobby stores. 
I purchased scratch building supplies and Kalmbach books on the subject. 
I still own a “dollar car” Kalmbach booklet, along with a structures and a bridges booklet.

My space, time, and budget never allowed me to go beyond scratch building various structures and a few box cars,
but I was hooked on modeling all scales, trains, cars, airplanes and boats.
Do not feel sorry for my garnished wages, my father returned them as I attended college...


Lately, the perfect storm has brewed:
Life has afforded me some time, some space, and some discretionary money.
To that end, I am trying to settle on a scale that affords me the ability to scratch build economically,
with trucks, couplers, castings, track supplies, etc., that are moderate in cost.
 
Without going into too many details, I have a well-equipped shop,
which includes the ability to mill small stripwood, and a metal lathe,
so I am currently “tool-rich”.

 
After much research, I think I will try On30 as a scale/gauge.  
For me, On30 seems to be a good balance of affordability, ability to produce detailed work,
and available inspiration from sources that seem to prefer to do a lot of scratch building.

Additionally, the scratch building that I have seen in On30,
seems to me to have many more freelancers and often approaches the whimsical at times. 
Furthermore, allowances are readily given to those of us who can't count rivets accurately. 

That said, I hasten to add that I really do appreciate those modelers who take extraordinary pains,
to be historically accurate, exacting, and prototypical in their modeling.  
At this point in my life's journey, I hesitate to relinquish the necessary time;
and truth-be-told, accurate rivet-counting is simply not my cuppa coffee: 
Dark brew of the day, black, please. 


So as I have been falling down these many and sundry WorldWideWabbit holes for model railroading,
doing an awful lot of lurking, (too much if you ask my much better half) while doing said,
I have seen glimpses of some very fine scratch building on your site. 
I would like to see more from this site.


So, that modest autobiography being dully revealed,
I hereby request permission to become a member in good standing of your forum.


I know that forums like pictures, to that end I am attempting to load a few of my peeling paint experiments,
and my scale lumber mill output, the only results I feel ready to share at this point with this august assembly. 

I am using Chuck Doan's methods for the peeling paint, I am awestruck by his work. 
For scale lumber, I have improved (I think) on a jig I found on another forum,
for milling very small strips on full-size table saws. 


However, even my phone photo files are too big,
does this forum accept hyperlinks to my photo hosting site (SmugMug)? 
If not, I can downsize them as soon as I locate my profile here,
were I assume I can have an album.


Thanks for accepting me into your realm,

Mark from Illinois




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 Posted: Mon Mar 2nd, 2020 02:31 am
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Hi Mark  :wave:



WELCOME again to Freerails !  :bg:

Good to see you here & Posting.  :thumb:



On30 can be a great scratchbuilding scale, using many affordable parts.

Although 'proper' O-scale bits & bobs, can be quite expensive, as I'm sure you know.  :)



I model in 1:35n2 ... Which has been called :- On30 on STEROIDS !  ???

Same idea, using many HO parts, like mechs. tankcar bodies, etc.

Track is 16.5mm for 2' narrow gauge & I use many cheap 1:35 military modeling parts.

( you never know ... easy on the eyes, easy on the pocket-book, easy to find 1:35 bits )  :P



I'm sure you will enjoy the Site very much Mark.  :cool:

We are a friendly bunch & most can't add up past 10 rivets, without loosing count !  :P  ;)



So say hello to a few Folk in the Threads that catch your eye ...
... they are always pleased to hear what people have to say about stuff.  :old dude:



All the best ...



:moose:



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 Posted: Mon Mar 2nd, 2020 02:47 am
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Information on how to easily use, the excellent  :bg:  'Freerails' FREE Members 'Gallery' is here :-

'WINDOWS-10' + 'MAC O.S.' + 'GOOGLE CHROME' USERS & THE FREERAILS MEMBERS GALLERY



We DON'T RECOMMEND any 3rd-part photo-hosts, to Post photos from !  :td:

PhotoBucket, Flickr or Imgur etc. they are GREAT if you want all your photos to disappear !  :f:



Using the FREE 'Freerails' Members 'Gallery' to Post your photos from, is the best way.  :cool:



Pages load ULTRA FAST, as all the photos are right where your Thread is, HERE ...

... they don't come from Timbucktoo via. the long slow :slow: route, as PhotoBuckets etc. do !  :y:

It's easy to use, just like word-processing 'cut & paste' really.  :brill:

You can't go wrong & once you've done it once, it's like riding a bicycle !  :!:



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 Posted: Mon Mar 2nd, 2020 03:00 am
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Thanks for the welcome, Moose.

Funny you should mention 1:35 as just recently I was down helping my one and only neighbor
(I live semi-rural) with his kitchen remodel, and spotted a model of the Millenium Falcon.
Turns out he is a 1:35 aircraft guy re-discovering his modeling roots in the UK.

I need help as I am still struggling over how to post pictures here at Freerails.
I cannot locate where I can establish an album.

Also: Does this site utilize hyperlinks?
On other forums, I use hyperlinks to post my photos.

SmugMug is my host site, it's always been a fee-based site used by professionals;
not a "free for now, screw you later" host like the "free" site that shall not be named.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 2nd, 2020 03:44 am
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" I am still struggling over how to post pictures here at Freerails "


All the information you need to Post your photos is at the Link in Post No.3

Your 'Members Gallery' is part of the drop-down 'MENU' at the top of each Page

Very easy to use & Post photos from once the instructions are read carefully


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I just uploaded a downsized phone photo.

I wasn't satisfied with the phone quality to begin with,
and I'm totally dissatisfied with the downsized version

So I'll probably just lurk here,
until I can resolve my photo posting issues.

Thanks for your patience with me.




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 Posted: Mon Mar 2nd, 2020 05:48 am
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All considered the photo isn't as bad as some we get Posted the lighting looks a bit dim

But yes it does look a bit out of focus so pulling the cellcam a bit further away may help


Also when I do cellcam photos I find that holding the phone VERY STILL really helps a lot

Cheap cellcam tripods from eBay for a couple of Bucks can be a good investment too


Peoples screen sizes are often limited so 800x600 is normal & 1024x768 is big

Adjust those 600 & 768 height pixel numbers when thinking of using a widescreen camera


Looks like some very nice peeling paint & weathering effect going on there


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Eddie, thanks for the advice.

It got me thinking that for this Forum, I should just use a DSLR,
and then I will be starting with better quality as I pare it down to fit here.

I find that my cell camera is a bit like fast food,
always there, but not so good.
 
It takes time to get the DSLR out, like it takes time to prepare a good meal,
but after, I'm happier.

I need to qualify that my phone is way, way, behind the current ones out there.

Be back later with better pics, I hope.




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Still trying to get the hang of posting pictures.
I re-took them with a DSLR, shrunk them in GIMP, and loaded them into my 'Gallery' here.

These "boards" are coffee stir sticks that I experimented with using Chuck Doan's method for peeling paint.
White boards were scraped with a razor saw, green boards were stripped with tape.
 
For reference, the lead in the pencil is 0.7mm in all three photos. 
 




This next experiment was on an assembled piece. 

Since I couldn't get tape into all the nooks, I used a razor saw to scrape,
but I raised a lot of fuzzies, and wasn't as careful as I should have been to follow the grain,
hence I raised some incorrect grain figure.





This photo is of some of the redwood I have milled. 
12x12, 8x12, and 2x6 in O scale. 

Redwood is from an old fence I took down over 30 years ago and saved some of the usable boards. 
I use a slightly modified form of a clever fixture I found online and my 12" table saw.
 
I have also milled western red cedar, but the grain isn't as fine,
probably just my choice of stock to begin with, also the color isn't as rich.  

I'll probably stain the cedar gray to work with it,
but I want to try a bridge and trestle with this redwood as-is. 







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