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 Posted: Wed Nov 21st, 2018 12:25 am
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I'm cheap. 

It dawned on me I could simply use the old Hornhook couplers by cutting off the extra junk.











Instant knuckle coupler for free!



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" Eh, this scratch building takes time. 
Then again, shopping for RTR trains and track takes even longer and you aren't even model railroading! "



Hi T.G.B.  :wave:


It's important to remain positive & think of the advantages !  :old dude:



Erm ... well ... You don't have to keep putting up more & more shelving for all the 'boxes' to go on.  L:

No more damaging your eyesight, trying to read the small print in the latest Trainworld ad.  :shocked:

You can just peer blindly at tiny wire grab-irons, as you drill holes in your thumb nails instead !  :f:

All that fun super-gluing yourself to your latest creation, isn't something you can brag about as an RTR hoarder.  ;)

Just think of the great health benefits, breathing in the huge amounts of dust & paint fumes as well.  :sad:



There are just SO MANY great reasons for scratch-building ... the list is endless.  ???



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Thanks Si!

I'm new to it, and yes... Ahhhh the smell of Micro Weld and Squadron Putty permeates the house now. ;)

It was Woody who drew me to this forum by posting his outdoor layout; I was already working on my own HO garden railway.

And now a couple years later I've finally taken the plunge.

There is definitely something odd going on here on this forum and most of it is in these non standard narrow gauge scales. 

People are just building things that look like real trains, but I see more free style modeling here than anywhere else.

Those of you guys who have moved beyond strict prototype modeling must know what I am talking about. 

It's more than just scratch building. It is all about letting your creativity have free reign.

I hope I don't bore people with my endless posts, but I am just having too much fun doing my "crap-building" and also seeing some of the layouts here.

Oh yeah, and it is a huge break from my my day job. The past five years of day job have been relentless and this little break feels like a vacation. ;)



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More "Crap Buildering"  :P














Gondola ends done. 

It will need some side braces and could pass for some home made car somewhere.



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Hi T.G.B.  :wave:



I do like the look of the new gas guzzler conversion !  :thumb:



Your  SPECIAL FORCES !  gon. is lookin' pretty groovy as well.  :pimp:

I guess I now know that 'Tri-ang'(TM) was not alone in it's  BATTLE SPACE !  line of green military trains.  :Salute:



What I would really like to see in the ^^ photo, is a scale figure & a scale auto of some sort.

It would really put the new loco & car in context of the 'BIGger woRLD'.  :P



BUT ... This is maybe the tricky part.

You have got to get a figure & auto, that are the correct 1:55 scale.  L:

To my mind, that really means that your figure should be 6ft or 33.250909mm tall.

An auto needs to be scaled right as well, No Model-Ts that have shrunk in the wash.  :shocked:



Matchbox(TM) 'Models Of Yesteryear' could be worth checking out on eBay.

SOME but NOT ALL in that series are 1:55 scale I think, including several trucks & a couple of others maybe.





I believe this Mack AC truck is 1:55 scale, if yer likes 'em.



That could take a while to do that.  :time:

In the meantime ...

... can you draw a 33.250909mm tall figure on some cardboard & cut it out for a selfie in front of The Red Barron !

You know, rifle-range target styleee.  :Salute:

You could print a 1:55 scale photo of your favourite politician to stick on it !  :f:



Demanding aren't we ! ? ...

... & for  $%@&§  ?$&%  spend a couple o' $$ Buck$ on some decent couplers ... PLEASE.  ;)



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I was actually thinking the same thing. I need a figure or two to stand next to the model.
 
I am not really into old trucks, so my layout will be set in the 1890's and after period.

I will get some horses and wagons.

The loco is really just a place holder for the next stage when I modify a steam loco. :P

Of course, I am not picky. Maybe I will do a scene with 35mm figures, and another with 1.48

I am just not too worried 'bout it.

And, I still need to build the water car and a caboose.




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Strangely enough, I live maybe four blocks from Otto Perry.

I should stop in. :D

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Great bashings here.
I'll follow now on.

Keep posting!

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Thanks Daniel.

I do not think I will ever reach your level of mastery.

But, I am having fun.
I don't really bother too much with measuring too closely.
I just want to get some basic models that I can run on an oval of track.

I used to try to get really obsessive about things.
I found myself getting nothing done.
Over the years I have half built way too many things.
So I just do what feels enjoyable and relaxing when I can.

I won't add any brake wheels or stirrups just yet.
Detail parts cost money.

I kept looking at the car sides and the lack of ribs, or stakes, made them look too plain.
I added some eyeballed vertical strip wood onto the car and I think it looks better.










Ok, now you can't even see that those are modern HO scale trucks, as they are hidden below. ;)



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Well, if you would spend any energy on reaching anyone else's 'mastery' you would have spoiled your chance: developing your own!!!

The only true mastery is not about technics or results but about being true and investing your joy of living in whatever you do.
That is: following your own star.

Yes, the sides of the wagon looked a bit bald and your solution is just perfect.
Would be an option to make small holes and insert pins so their heads suggest bolts?
Even easier, you can also insert pieces of thin styrene rods,
but the cheapest way may be inserting the points of wooden toothpicks and once the PVA glue has really dried cut them almost flush.
If they are protruding too much you can easilly sand them with a narrow strip of sandpaper glued to a stripwood.
That way you can sand all the rivets of one post at once.

Another tip that costs nothing but improves the look:
with a sharp blade, making at regular spacing slight vertical incisions simulating the joints of the floor boards at the outer ends.
It would look as the one caused by adding a strip of wood to make the floor reach the right end at last photo.

Just my two cents.

Daniel



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