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 Posted: Wed Aug 31st, 2022 01:20 pm
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A slippery slope has started, first a blue box Athearn RPO of the NYC RR
accompanied by one of the delightful Alco Moguls from Bachmann.


The old layout is currently virgin territory, empty boards waiting for track
and a copy of Mixed Train Daily found its way into my life.

Just a shelf layout,
no more than two steam movers, eight box cars and an RPO for the SLC
enough to keep me amused and busy with wooden building craftsman kits.

Here is a link to the blog

There is an explanation why on the blog.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 31st, 2022 07:49 pm
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I like the concept.

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The idea looked good on paper,
I bought a couple of items.

Then set about ordering the five very simple
craftsman HO kits needed for the very minimal scene:-

Depot
Feed Store
Merchants Store
Farm House with Barn
Roadside Cafe

All craftsman type kits, almost none were laser cut,
just bits of wood, and Grandt Line windows/doors, shingles.
All this with a rudimentary instruction sheet/plan.


With shipping, sales tax, 3% credit card fees, it totaled $1248
and I had the privilege of paying 25% additional import duty
+ handling fees when they arrive in Europe.

The dream died immediately and I deleted my NMRA application.

I used to think buying from Germany was bad, at least they
took off the mwst German taxes when selling to a non-EU state.


How do you guys afford this gouging ?


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Sorry Tim.

Times are tough for certain.
I guess this is why your blog was deleted ?


If you can build a non-laser craftsman kit,
you can probably scratchbuild.

My very first build was a depot in 1979, was 14 and broke,
but got bits of bass wood and built the station.
It was cool.  I wish I still had it.

It was kind of rough, as I think about it today,
but it re-launched my model railroading interest,
and I never looked back.


Still doing it today.  Albeit very, very slowly,
as I have a farm and a job to support the farm,
and a house that I am rebuilding.

But that is why I am here to see other guys do their stuff,
and take inspiration from y'all.

We all need a diversion,
from the dumb that has overtaken our world.




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 Posted: Sat Sep 17th, 2022 12:24 pm
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The old blog has been 'parked' and is being used to dispose of the old layout whilst the new signature is Antioch NY - a shelf layout

Most, if not all, models are being sourced within the UK, there is always someone selling something and German sellers* do not gouge.



I have dipped my toe into brass with a Gem NYCRR F-12e made in '75 so spares will not be an issue, unfortunately it is unpainted and there is a persistent rumour that it will need stripping of lacquer. This is a concern as I have not seen it, the service from Des Plaines, Il is not great. It will be the only brass item, all the other locos on offer are utterly unsuitable for a lightly-laid rural shortline, someone tried to persuade me that a Hudson was the perfect candidate for Antioch.......

However, I am enjoying transferring allegiance to all things upstate NY, it is a learn curve but very interesting. Please do visit the blog, it is not what you might expect.

Tim
*a NJ dealer offered to send an HO CMW Ford Fordor to the UK for a bargain $68.95 shipping, instead I bought a Dodge Meadowbrook, shipping was just 95% less. 

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I am glad to see you have developed a work around
so that you can start work on something.

Shipping is nuts.
I have a friend in England and we have swapped some stuff.

It is a lot less expensive to ship from the UK to the USA
than the other way around.  

No idea why.




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Reg H wrote:  
I am glad to see you have developed a work around
so that you can start work on something.

Shipping is nuts.
I have a friend in England and we have swapped some stuff.

It is a lot less expensive to ship from the UK to the USA
than the other way around.  

No idea why.



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