I get the whole how computers work thing. Been using them since 1976. check out cyber1.org

I just missed the attach button down there.

 

Ah ha thanks!

Is that a Vollmer crane kit? I have on in HO scale. I was going to use it with my HO scale euro trains, but now I am thinking I might use it with my 55n3. 

 

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Awesome shot. Visitor or roomate?  My Grandmother would do that with a pack of them. I do better with wild rabbits

  I struggle at times with changes; online networking is a weak point, but mostly it's unintuative design that gets me. (like tools at the bottom ) I don't like Apple limits and Linux drives me "buggy" 

  I'm really just got tired of the tech chase. I started about 79-80 with Basics, and later IMB/Lantastic/Apple graphics, etc. with "bigger plans" until I met (a poor) Bill Gates and watched him do binary for a week. (driven hardly describes him, he deserves that $ .... & still owes me $1- $2 from lunch 🤔 )  That was boring enough to reset my compass though General ability on them plus family/self taught electronic & controls abilities fed & occupied me decently enough since then  

  I think it's why command control doesn't really appeal to me much; another tech chase which will be replaced soon enough over and over and over and over, x(O) =∞= I'm bored; now where is the transformer handle.  

I was thinking. Maybe reverse what I have going. Instead of short static narrow gauge feeding Standard ; narrow gauge feeding short static Standard ....?

    Forced perception using multiple scales at different distances is another "realistic" option. (pun intended on ability vs results)

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





The squirrel adopted me as I was walking down the street by climbing up my pants and onto my back. I just have the one.

I am more of a computer user. But after all these years I get tired of the fact that everyone has a different interface. what is worse is those places that insist on changing theirs every few months; they call it an upgrade--I call it an uprage!

Yeah, there is that multi scale perspective shift. I can;t do static, the trains must roll. I will likely just get a board and set up an oval so I can do roundy roundy. It's part of why I love the 3 rail crowd so much. 3 railers have no shame about having lots of roundy roundy action. Who knows, maybe I will do what you are doing and combine my 3 rail O scale with these models on a runner type layout. 

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More on the caboose build. I am actually done with it for now. Need to snap a pic of the finished model. 


I am using Tyco chassis pieces and trucks and couplers. Never look underneath my models as you'll see all kinds of weird crap under there. I kept the steps even though a real caboose of this kind had stirrups, but who cares. 


Doing Crap building is like doing a puzzle. Everything needs to fit and sometimes to save hassle I don;t exactly follow the plans. One thing I did was to eye how many boards across the end piece would be. It turned out that my scribed wood was a perfect fit. I also did the same board count on my side pieces and just winged the length which is within inches of the real thing.


This brand of scribed wood is brilliant because it is as thick as an individual board and saved me a lot of trouble matching things up on the corners.


As you can see the chassis is hidden underneath some wood planks which also raises the model a tiny bit. I have not measured to see how it would compare to the real thing.

This odd picture is of my roof piece getting steamed over my stove top tea pot.


And here you see it after the steam bending. It took about 30 seconds and was ten times easier than expected.

now onto other cool train things like that PIER baggage car. It should be a blast to build. 

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You should try a pro steamer. It'll turn the arm of a chair to an  al dente' noodle if you let it 

Lol....I did this a few days ago, but the page wouldn't post. I think it's still on my clioboard....

Very mystical connection there. I have to call rabbits (thumping) Does it (he/she) have a name?

I changed OS-s after W-10 cooked about a dozen boards with a supply/charge issue (never stopped charging).  I hate it. "Spellwreck"&"vindictive text" (vs predictive") drives me nuts. The whole of Linux is just too unstable imo. Big mistake, but Windows hadn't been that bad since # III.  I do like the price 

  1. ←speaking of glitches, I didn't start numbering bullets. It glitched on and won't shut off. (and won't let me use "it" between and & won't) "Brilliant!".
  2. An "Aspie", I was more of a rivet counter as a kid. I grew out of some of my seriousness. Finding Grandma's buried Marx Commodore Vanderbilt was pivital in accepting toys as well as models. I already kinda knew I was "loopy". Gramps had his phases of scale, hi-rail, toy/ operations/ logistics/ etc., so I had the experience and just needed to confirm my adult preferences.
  3. You have great taste in your choice of builds.  The NG stuff is more appealing visually for me than most O; but I was born with a Lionel waiting for me so that stays.
  4. I really like the 1860-1910 era and there is not a whole lot available ready made in O. 
  5. My first model RR build was a boxcar of old dollhouse siding wood from Mom's father. It's super crude, but a fav. of mine.  Fits in with tin or hirail. (the background & flash exaggerates the colors; it's actually got a pale washed out tone and raw wood showing. { "Large size" this shot hurt my eyes}). The real inspiration here was that I had extra truck, a bag of wood, and a whole lot of boredom. Eyeballed it's about 1:43.
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  7. A little closer on my sCRAP. engine too. That boiler is a vintage brass tractor starter button, stack is off a gas station candy/toy(only slightly better than the car radio knob It'snot derailed either it's on the left of a Y to two mine portals.) The crossbone tank load is a dolls suitcase on a fireplace matchstick rack. The "top" is a the crane claw, not a top
  8. I like tin can roofs. I cant help myself. There are 6 altogether. The locos roof can come off; vibration seems to have leaned a few loose parts along with the roof beam too.
  9. It can be powered again. Its only a foot long homemade curved Ss on a graded Y though. Making a Y turnout was pretty easy really .  Eventually I may run over the layout to ore dumps, but there are other concerns. So till I find "that track deal".... when I'm ready , this is something
  10. I still put it on a carpet loop sometimes. If it runs I run it; no shelf queens! IMG_20190110_141426

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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A quick late night post. I liked that box car and the tin can roofs are something I will need to explore.

anyway, some recent shots of the fleet in relation to each other.  

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I posed the caboose with the rest of the fleet just to give an idea of how it fits in. Everything in my fleet needs the last finishing touches, either paint, details like grab irons, or other things.

Keep yer countin' to your own **** rivets!

A quick late night post. I liked that box car and the tin can roofs are something I will need to explore. Anyway, some recent shots of the fleet in relation to each other. 

My workbench is the dining table.
 
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I posed the caboose with the rest of the fleet just to give an idea of how it fits in. Everything in my fleet needs the last finishing touches, either paint, details like grab irons, or other things.
 
Need to buy some more Tyco cars for trucks and couplers as I am out of that stuff now. 

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I've been pondering this new build for some time. It seems like the best cure for over-think is to cut some wood. Again, the model won't be very specifically prototype because the lumber I use is just stuff from the art supply store that costs $0.29 per strip. I am once again using a scaled computer print out as my reference. Since the lumber doesn't exactly match anything I am just fudging the sizes.

 

This little Baggage car should be pretty awesome despite my Crap Building techniques.

The Primary rule for Crap Building is: Does it feel good to make something with your hands? If so, just keep building.

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Just prepping pieces of wood for the build here.

The lumber I have is not exactly to the correct dimensions, so I am pondering what to fudge and what to spend time making as individual planks.

Either way, it's already really shaping up nicely. 

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Well the day seems to have come.

The A-proximo knife is in the shot to show how big this is. It's literally half way between O and S scales: Q scale? 

I have two of these wall sections built. I am gluing right onto the printed out plans. It is revealing just how bad my wood cutting skills are. Look at the middle of the car next to the door sill. Uhm... Oh well!

Still need to get the window sashes constructed. That will require some cutting to make tiny planks since I do not have scale wood for this project. I am just using standard wood from the craft store; and of course gluing. The window sashes are the tear your hair out part, but if you work really slow and take breaks it's ok. 

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And now I have scale figures -- well they will be here soon enough.

I had seen someone commenting on getting things at shape ways. Since it's all created inside a computer I just asked for the prototype to get scaled to my scale of 1/55.

 

The vendor was open to the idea, and I now have this on order:

https://www.shapeways.com/prod...k6?optionId=91138906

Work is keeping me from modeling lately, but maybe some figure painting is in order. 

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I've seen the 55n3 stuff before on different forums online. It's an interesting idea, 1:55 scale being right between On30 (1:48) and Sn3 (1:64) scale size.

BTW, not to cause a ruckus, but 30" gauge really was pretty rare in the US. IIRC only 1% or less of US narrow gauge railroads used 30" gauge - making it rarer than 2' gauge. 3' was far and away the most common.

- Stix
Traingeekboy posted:

Well the day seems to have come.

The A-proximo knife is in the shot to show how big this is. It's literally half way between O and S scales: Q scale? 

Looking good.

If I remember correctly, "Q" scale was used in the '30s(?) to make the scale of the trains the same as the 1 1/4" gauge track used (then and now) for "O" scale. Bob2 will correct me if I got this wrong...

Mark in Oregon

About Q scale....100+ years ago, Marklin in Germany offered electric trains in track gauges from IIRC Numbers 1 through 4, with No.1 gauge (1.75", today's "G gauge") being the smallest(!). When they created an even smaller size, 1.25" gauge, they had to call it 0 (zero) gauge, which we call O (like the letter) gauge.

If you divide it out, the correct scale for O is 1:45, or 17/64th" = 1 foot. Virtually no one liked that; too hard to work with. In the U.S., we decided to use 1/4" = 1 foot, or 1:48 scale. So US O scale trains are running on 5' gauge track instead of 4'-8-1/2" like the real standard gauge. In Britain and Europe, they were more familiar with the metric system than us, so they went with 7mm = 1 foot, or 1:43.55 scale. That's why there are all those "O scale" automobiles from Europe that are 1:43 scale. It's also why HO ("Half-O") scale is 1:87.1 - it was developed in Europe, so is 1/2 of European O scale.

A few hardy souls in the 1930's, like Minton Chronkite, built layouts using 1.25" O gauge track, but with trains (mostly scratch)built to the correct 1:45 scale. That's what came to be called "Q scale". Later O "fine scale" developed, which is 1:48 scale trains but using the corrected narrower track gauge.

- Stix

Hadn't posted in a bit. The latest progress is the addition of some details.

The second paint layer seems to have a real orange peel to it, I am not going to bother fixing it I'll just do extra weathering!

All it needs now is some grab irons here and there and a curtain over the back door to hide the motor.

The loco crews have already dubbed this loco "The Lobster" because of it's chunky look and red paint. 

I have some other things in the works, like figure painting and adding last touches on some rolling stock. I also purchased a really crappy steam loco to use as my next piece of motive power that I will destroy and rebuild. It is a play Art 0-4-0. Cheapest loco I could find in HO scale on the auction site as it only cost 8 bucks shipping included.

 

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