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    Model Building Skills - Really need to improve them!

    As a scratchbuilder for many years my basic recommendation would be to obtain a modest selection of books addressing scratchbuilding and airbrushing written by recognized authorities in the field and take their advice to heart. Believe me; no one can expect to become really good, nor overcome...
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    Building the Pinnacle Creek Mining & Timber Co. RR

    If I may, a few point that stand out immediately for me. 1. The tree debris is out-of-scale with the scene. Nor do I see any reason why it all would be stripped of bark. 2. There appear to be several almost locomotive-sized stumps. Unless the company is cutting redwoods, these too are out...
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    Video on makeing Timberline smashed trees

    Right, Crandell. With the exception of damaged or dying pine/fir/cedar trees all the species I'm familiar from eastern North America are some shade of green, although the exact shade can vary over a very large range dependent on species. I would add that in spring our local cedars do display...
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    Video on makeing Timberline smashed trees

    A clever product, I would agree. However, the multi-colored ground foam provided with the kit used to flock the armatures renders an appearance that is not typical of any pine/fir trees (which the shape of the Smashed Trees tends to represent) that I am familiar with. Such trees in my experience...
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    Lets do it again Favorite photo

    I particularly favor this one I took some year's back, entitled "Generations". NYW&B
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    Nash Dealer promo model

    Honestly I think the model a pretty darn good replica of that Nash. Overall it is far better rendered accurately than a great many of the automobile toys of the era (and what was used on period O and HO layouts back then), which were often much more in the way of crude caricatures. Anyone else...
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    what are the chances......??

    New2nscale, let me add a further thought regarding your comment on the "probability" that if you have the desired model custom painted, or do it yourself, you too often find that some manufacturer will produce it sometime thereafter. I've had that experience several times myself. But consider...
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    what are the chances......??

    At best, new2nscale, seeing such a request come to pass would be a very slow process. Athearn has had its painting masks cut for all the current production models and will likely not order any new ones made before a second run of FP7, if there ever is one. At the same time, they are likely...
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    Carstens Publishing and RMC

    Yes, I do want to make mention of the USPS factor, one which may weigh in more heavily than many of us anticipate. I know in the case of MR (and surely the same prevails for RMC) I have experienced incidents of my copy showing up a week, or more, later than a friend's in the next town over...
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    Carstens Publishing and RMC

    By way of information, my January RMC showed up yesterday. I'm located in NY's Lower Hudson Valley. NYW&B
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    Carstens Publishing and RMC

    Oh5oh - A number of advanced modeling forms have arisen in recent years whose content makes what's seen on MR and many of the other more "popular" forums look like studies in Tyco or Brio trains. Most of these sites attempt to keep a fairly low profile so as to maintain a membership with a...
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    Carstens Publishing and RMC

    Joe, yours is a multifaceted question, but a number of specific factors basically govern the current situation. In regard to page count, this is largely a matter controlled by income from advertisers. As the digital age matured the advertisers came to realize that a small monthly ad in MR...
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    Carstens Publishing and RMC

    Let me take a moment in the midst of this discussion to remind all here that none of our modeling publications are in any manner time critical concerning their arrival. Whether RMC shows up on time, or three weeks late, you are missing out on absolutely nothing critical. The content remains just...
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    Carstens Publishing and RMC

    I don't think that the great majority of hobbyists realize that, unlike Kalmbach, Crastens Publications is and always has been essentially a small family business, with just a handful of staff generating several monthly publications. As such, they often get a bit behind furnishing copy to their...
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    Carstens Publishing and RMC

    Joe, it would be almost pointless for Craftsman to offer a new forum as the subject matter it would be intended to cover (true craftsman modeling) is already very well covered by several existing advanced and successful hobbyist forums. NYW&B
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    cost

    Well, Chuck, your own friends' answer to the question is the correct one: the hobby is indeed in the process of pricing itself completely out of the mainstream's reach. Much beyond 2020, or at the outside maybe 2025, I don't see any possible way it will exist in the marketplace as other than a...
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    Carstens Publishing and RMC

    In fact, Joe, MR's serious decline in content quality aimed toward the traditional model railroader started well before that. Right around 2000 nearly the entire editorial staff turned over and the replacement crew, save perhaps for Dave Popp, simply lacked the model railroading savvy, or...
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    Best model kit for the price?

    Books I'd recommend addressing scratchbuilding. From Carstens Publications: Model Railroad Structures From A to Z by Wayne and Mary Cay Wesolowski (Wayne is the master scratchbuilder of all time!) Scratchbuilding for Model Railroaders by Bob Walker Kalmbach also used to offer...
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    Best model kit for the price?

    Nick, in your post you don't make any indication as to what sort, or size, buildings you are thinking about, but I'm assuming that you aren't talking about very small, or crude, old-school, buildings. That being said, I'm going to be a little more blunt than previous posters with my response...
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    Is Interest In Model Railroading Dwindling?

    OK guys; let's take a closer look at BRH's letter to customers and be frankly honest about what is being said. The owner makes a living out of selling model trains. In the past, when the prevailing situation was far better, such an individual would ONLY have very positive things to say, no...




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