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 Posted: Thu Nov 25th, 2010 10:08 am
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Ronnie D.
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Now before I go any further I know just the mentioning of this guy name raise hairs on the back of some people neck in hobby today. But you have to give him credit  for being one of the greats in our hobby in the early 80's and mid 90's and "Sold A LOT "!!!! of magazine for Model Railroader. But do anybody know what ever happen to Furlow's G scale Soda Creek & South Park layout ?? Was it ever featured in any other magazine other than Model Railroader. I loved this layout and it was what got me into large scale modeling. And to build my G scale R&P Lumber Co. layout. The layout had many flaw's in it and you could only run a few pieces of equipment on it at one time, And I would have like to have seen the plans in a Dog bone shape on both ends and portable to take to train shows. Furlow was and maybe still is one of my all time greats in this hobby and a lot of people may not want to admit it but he turn a lot of us on to Narrow Gauge modeling long before I knew the Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette existed. So Malcolm where ever you are in Southwestern New Mexico put down that paint brush !!! grab some track and and finish that On30/G scale monster you were working on and grace the cover on Model Railroader again. They could sure use you. !!!!!!

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 Posted: Tue Nov 30th, 2010 03:24 am
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Ronnie-yep, there are many that get crazy at the mention of his name. I knew MF and most folks know my opinion of him as a person. As for modeling, let me say that he was a great photographer and certainly knew how to stage a scene. Many of the structures shown in various photos had but 2 sides and no scenery behind...where the camera couldn't show. He "hit" at the right time since Muddle Snailroader no longer had Frary & Hayden to carry the "narrow gauge" banner.

We often wonder why the fellow does not ever come "home" to Dallas..at least in the daylight!

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 Posted: Tue Nov 30th, 2010 03:51 am
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ronnie.........a similar picture of Malcomns G scale build on the cover of MR titled, " is this real or a model " was one of two magazine covers around 1986--87 that caught my attention and drew me into modelling.  Of coarse the other one was of the Franklin and South Manchester of the wizard of Peabody MA, George Sellios.

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Woodie,

I agree with you !!! But here's my take on Furlow, Malcolm was not a Model Railroader. He was a model builder and railroad photographer who had a keen eye for color, scenery and contrast. I loved the guys work and snatched everything he did for Mode Railroader, My problem with him is he either bit off more than he could chew on some the project he was working on. Or gotten so famous so fast that he couldn't handle the demand for his services. Just like the G scale Soda Creek and South Park layout that thing ended up being more of a diorama then a layout, The Imagine Nation Station video series never produce the second video to that series. And his last project that artist nightmare On30/G scale layout was good for selling copies for Model Railroader. Like I said before put down the paint brush git back to "TEXAS" and build a real "Narrow Gauge layout" like his old Chama & Western. And where is John Olson !!!! These were the guys who got me started in Narrow Gauge.


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 Posted: Tue Nov 30th, 2010 04:22 pm
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Mike.

I really like George's stuff too but he was more of an "Urban Scenery" guy with a little bit on Narrow Gauge on his layout.

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Ronnie-I did meet John Olsen back in the 1970's and he was a great fellow. He stopped by my little hobby shop where we had an HOn30 layout on display. John would share anything he knew and loved to get new information. Unlike the other fellow we were talking about. He is one who needs to be back "in the spotlight"..matter of fact, much of what John was doing got "taken" by somebody else who declared that he discovered the techniques. Comparing apples to horse apples..Mr Olsen is the apple.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 30th, 2010 05:56 pm
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In my opinion, somebody doesn't HAVE TO build a model railroad to be a model railroader.

If Malcoms build was nothing more than a big diorama, great, HIS WORK INSPIRED ME. 

What about Gary Nash and Mic Greenburg other famous names, not sure if they ever built a layout,  as i all i ever saw was dioramas.

 What is a diorama, a complete self contained scene usually built on a piece of 1/2 " plywood for base stability.

 Whats a model railroad, a series of complete diorama scenes strung together into a giant diorama.

If you examine how George Sellios built his railroad into a 20 x 40 HO scale masterpiece , you need to know its history, I do.

He would design and build a complete fully sceniced oversized diorama of the latest kit he was producing. Photo it and use it in his MR MRC full page adverts.  He would then find a place on his benchwork for the diorama to be placed and work it into the scenery after he ran it thru his tablesaw to trim down the base to the required size.  Too the best of my knowledge George has constructed most of his layout this way.

The owner of SOUTH RIVER MODEL WORKS Bob Van Gelder has constructed his incredibal layout using the same idea as George, a series of dioramas. Go to his website and view his layout.

http://www.southrivermodelworks.com/page7a.html

Following Georges original idea i have constructed a total of 516 dioramas since 1987 and yet have NO LAYOUT, does that make me ****not a model railroader**** , when all my structures/scenes are M R oriented ?????????

I feel no specific urge at this point in time to actually construct a layout..

Only a few of those builds ( 13 ) actually remain here.

 

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Getting back to Mr. Furlow...

His layout in the back yard shed couldn't actually operate since it had such tight radius' (I believe at least one was 9") the engines couldn't get around the curves. It, too, was for "teaching" techniques for his articles and taking purty pictures.

I admit to his being an artist. He just left the state with quite a few folks good and ticked-off at him. And that said, some guys in Texas still think the sun rose and set with him. Go figure!



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 Posted: Tue Nov 30th, 2010 06:18 pm
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Woodie,

Quick question for you !!! Right when I just got into Narrow Gauge Modeling there was a company called "Trains of Texas" who sold On30 stuff what happen to them.

And here are the photos I forgot to post in my "Cheap But Fun Form" using battery operated "New Bright Trains"everything has been customizes and repainted. The logging flat cars were New Bright Boxcars that I cut down to 14 feet shorty flat cars and both tenders have real Colorado timber in them. My buddy on the East coast built the logging truck for me. These are the trairs I will be running on my new portable G scale R&P Lumber co. layout.


PS. Layout progress photos are coming soon.... let me know what you think.

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 Posted: Tue Nov 30th, 2010 06:24 pm
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Sullivan,

Thanks for the insight on what happen to that layout. !!

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