Scrounger's delight: this campfire with tiny battery in it that lights up:

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It cost me nothing because it was a throw in that I got for free when I bought something else at a train show. Here is my glow in the dark campfire on the left side in photo below:

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Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

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Not sure if it qualifies as scrounging, but I've found lots of nice "detail" parts at Ace Hardware. 

Brass rod of various sizes to simulate the HEP connections.  Pretty rough in the raw form.

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The strobe units on this are the joint sections I cut off of very small plastic tubing.  I put an HO scale strobe unit in the loco  with grain of rice bulbs so these slide nicely over them.

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Similar approach to finishing out the cab car:

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Jonathan

 

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Not train related, but as an architect who started practice in the "good old days" prior to computer visualizations of EVERYTHING,  I used to build models of buildings I designed using scrounged cardboard and chipboard from all sorts of sources. 

I still believe this is the best way to visualize a building project.  Call me old school on that, but I still enjoy using a pencil over a a pen too. 

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Jonathan

 

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I bought Mrs, Lionelski 2 dozen long stem roses, the real expensive kind that come with a tube of water on each and every stem. No, I won't tell you what I did, but I figured that getting back in her good graces only a couple weeks before York would be a good thing.

I made this propane storage facility by painting these tubes grey, cutting out an ad for the sign from the Yellow pages (remember them?) and adding some old model spues.

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Lionelski posted:

Another free project.

I made this electric sub-station using a sleeve for an automobile radio and bits and pieces from my junk box.

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Very clever, John.

The billboard in the background is also very economical and, IMO, a nice addition to a layout. I got a big bunch of used Postwar  billboards from a LHS for a nominal price many years ago that surround my Popsicle Stick ballpark and decorate other places along the tracks. Arnold

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

GG1 4877 posted:

Not train related, but as an architect who started practice in the "good old days" prior to computer visualizations of EVERYTHING,  I used to build models of buildings I designed using scrounged cardboard and chipboard from all sorts of sources. 

I still believe this is the best way to visualize a building project.  Call me old school on that, but I still enjoy using a pencil over a a pen too. 

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Kinda of reminds me of Falling Waters, a Frank Lloyd Wright style of house.Very nice.

Rick

PRRT&HS #8473

N&W HS  #5825

State College, PA

"And the sons of Pullman Porters, and the sons of Engineers

   Ride their father's magic carpet made of steel"

    "This train got the disappearing railroad blues"

 

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