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Hi all,

So with all the cool models and accurate details one can either buy or build themselves today.

What's, one to do with actual opening doors of a boxcar? Keep'em closed all the time?

News flash! Most boxcar models are molded closed. So why buy one that opens at all, if one keeps'em closed all the time?

I say each piece of rollingstock is it's own part of the overall modeling and modeling is about not how many exactly the same cars I can own and run. (yes excluding unit trains) (that's a different story).

I say utilizing a different model and making it stand out with weathering is a very good step.

Then weathering what one can see on the inside takes it to another level.

As a kid, I was so excited to have a boxcar with a door that opened. Now I'm so excited with what I can show with it open.

I'm not talking about running down the track with all doors open and product about to fall out. (tho that gives me an idea now).

I notice when one models a highly detailed structure, modelers add many details inside/even under the roof detail.(they even model the roof removable...why?

These are my thoughts and a few pics (which show some examples). What's your thoughts and pics?(if you have any you'd like to post)(please do!). Thanx Thom...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Trains Brain Teaser
« on: September 20, 2017, 09:59:20 PM »
Here's another easy one.

Two high speed intermodal trains are traveling at 80 mph on the same track, one UP & one NS starting from zero they leave at the same time and continue at the same speed and never slow down. Both trains never touch... How is this possible?  Thanx Thom...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Brain teaser!
« on: September 12, 2017, 08:17:00 PM »
Brain Teaser:  Trust me it's simple. ???

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This is really cool! 

Hi all,

    Okay!, Let's talk: 

So with all the youtube how to's, magazines, books, online forums, articles, Dvd's, videos, friends, local clubs, hobby shops, online specific technique websites, tools etc. out there to show, help or assist you with your modeling skills.

What part of modeling (anything) haven't you developed or learned how to do, to a level you need or wanted to be at now?

What do you need for help to learn or better assist you in achieving your self modeling goal?

I'm talking all of it or any part of it! Painting brass, plastic, wood, cast, gluing with glue marks, weathering of any materials, wiring, lighting, benchwork, layout design, structure building, photography, maintenance on engines, rollingstock, airbrushing, grit blasting, adding all wheel pickups, dry brushing, switches or motors or any part of modeling.

Please be honest! Help someone viewing by acknowledging what you need to better develop as a modeler wanting to be a better modeler.

Who knows? Maybe someone watching will write or make a new how to video on that subject?

The worst skill in modeling is not developing all your modeling skills!

Trust me if you can do it yourself, the more you want to do it yourself. It makes $$ & sense.    Thanx Thom...

Hi all,
So most of us are old enough to remember some of the first videos on model railroading.

I think somewhere in the early 80's if that's right?

It was so cool to see layouts & the person's who built them in a live moving context.

Since then till now, there are countless videos (i.e. DvD's, Blu-ray's etc.) made on even more countless subjects of modeling. All even more awesome than the last.

So what is the one or two that stick out the most to you & why?

I know it's hard to choose a favorite, but we do it everyday at the grocery or online with website search engines etc.

So it can be done.

For me! Not sure as to why, but I liked the first quick 10 minute layouts series with (6 at a time) tours from model railroader hosted by Allen Keller.

I just like to see so many quick interviews and layout tours which I read about for so many years prior.

And then later the pentrex series with the NdeM copper canyon footage was a staple.

But My most favorite was the pentrex Lemassa club 1 hour tour was the one that did it for me.     Thanx Thom...

Hi all,
Question: What would you be doing if you didn't like trains or model railroading? Thanx Thom...

With all the demand on manufacturers to produce more & more accurate detailed models, isn't proper weathering also part of your demand list?  Why is weathering always included & expected in modeling contests, but not our everyday modeling?

What is too light weathering for your models (just dusting)?
What is too heavy weathering for your models (de-stressed or altered parts)?

Should there be a monolithic weathering theme for your models (all light eveningly applied)?
Should there be a varied weathering theme (light, medium, heavy uneven throughout)?

Are your very rare or expensive models weathered?
Are very well well done weathered models or very poorly weathered models an a incentive or distraction to try weathering yourself? (ARE YOU AFRAID OR EXCITED OF WEATHERING?)

What say you?

Hi all,

     If you visited the F&SM rr anytime over the last 30+ years you must have a picture you are either most proud of, or best shot of, or most rare picture containing an angle or happening there that you'd like to share!  I bet there are some absolutely beautiful shots out there.  So what's your BEST .  Here's a rare night shot of the Rocky Point Harbor Station.  Thanx Thom...

Hi all,

This is going to be a challenging question! Perhaps, It was for me.

     I'm curious!  What one thing in model railroading are you most proud of that you either own or owned, made or built, designed or developed, achieved or goal reached in your modeling life?
If you have a picture(s) that is great! If not, can you describe it so others can imagine along with you? Describe as much or little as you want.

For example, " I'm most proud of being able to problem solve for others". (not everyone can fix someone else's issue). Since I'm primarily (but not only) an engine builder, here are some pics of my most challenging at the time Dcc sound fully lighted & animated engines for others. These all took a hundred hours+ each to design test & build.  Thanx Thom...

Rolling Stock / What are your thoughts on model locomotive balancing?
« on: August 22, 2017, 09:19:59 AM »
Hi glue sniffers,

My question is a curious one, but a fundamental one.

What are your thoughts on diesel or locomotive balancing, if any? If so, how do you go about balancing your equipment.

Do you feel it's important as a part of modeling? Do you know if the prototype weight balanced their locos?

I wanted to pause on my thoughts first so as not to influence your thoughts on the subject.

Thanx Thom...

We all have varied reasons for why we like a particular model, kit, scratch built or kitbashed structure, but why is the question!    No wish lists please, that's not fair modeling...

For me, I would have to say it's the Tyco lighted freight house for several reasons:

1) It was my first model railroad structure I built by myself at age 10. (not my first model tho- I built almost a hundred ships, plane & cars by then).
2) I built a total of 5, for different reasons over the years.  The first time, was it came with my first tyco train set on Christmas.  The second time, was because my mom (not knowing about structure models) bought another for me two years later.  The third time, was several years later I wanted a more professionally built and even more detailed version (still plastic).  The fourth time, was as a young adult, I entered one super-detailed, (fully lighted) for a club contest and won (yeah).  The fifth time I wanted to scratch build a real wooden craftsman style and donated it to my club's newly rebuilt layout (we needed structures).   Received a lot of wow atta boys then (thank you to all then).

So for me (by default I guess) I'd have to say that's my favorite structure kit & why. I've built others with much fun since, but...    I'm looking forward to what & why others built theirs.  What say you?   Thanx Thom...

Hi all,
         I was sitting here reading all the interesting topics & comments and noticed all the interesting & cool forum ID's and was wondering why we have chosen the names we do.  Mine is TCT855.   Thom's Custom Trains and the Alco Century Locomotive C-855 is my favorite Diesel.  Well I'm sure more of us are curious to learn about yours as well.  Thanx Thom... of course BTW, abbreviated names are easy to guess as to why, ;) the rest not so much...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Got water?
« on: August 14, 2017, 11:27:42 AM »
Hi all,
          Came across this eye opening science tape on tab water. I knew about this as a kid from our ground water well. 
                                                                                                                                                                               Thanx Thom...

Baggage Car - Daily Chat / Thank another forum member!
« on: August 13, 2017, 03:59:45 PM »
       This might seem like a no brainer question, but also could be an easily overlooked one too!  What forum member would you like to simply say thank you too?   

I know it's a loaded question as well because we'd like to thank multiple forum members at once, but a simply as you want to, a one on one thank you on this thread lays miles of trackage to the receiver.

You can thank as many as you'd like, but only one per post for that personal touch!

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