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Sunday
Nov142010

To cut or not to cut

Just a quick question. what would a printed cut out kit be worth to you?

Here’s what I’m thinking.  What if there were an option, where you could buy a kit and choose to get a printed and cut kit.  There would be an additional service fee, say $30.  Is this a feature that you would want.

I’m just speculating, but it might be something we could offer, at least on a limited basis.

Thom

Wednesday
Nov102010

Sharing pix

Of course we always want to show pictures from folks building our models. Heres a couple of samples from Steve Wilbur. He’s taken our american steel pipe and done a very clean and effective build. He’s a detail minded craftsman and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with our materials.

Sunday
Nov072010

A quick shot of the "Breaking yard"

here’s a shot of my layout (sorry for thr poor pfotography. New camera coming soon) It’s a small breaking yard that feeds scrap to the iron plant. The brick yard office is our “mercantile kit but done in brick. I like it very much.

Friday
Nov052010

Fencing, touche'

I’m getting corny in my old age.

On the fore mentioned Iron Works, “Rustin Steel”, it’s taking shape nicely thank you. My initial idea was to make this entire module void of any green.  The ground would be covered with dark oily ash.  And that’s what it is.  But, once again I had a orphaned kit.  Our, kind of, whimsical whistelstop depot.  It’s a small footprint maybe 2” X 2.5”.  It’s one of my better models, but there was no place for it either in space or in logic.  Being an industrial back alley kind of layout, where could I put this kind of pretty structure that would look best in a small glade.  I know.  I’ll put it in the steel mill!

Out of my mind?  What else is new.  Fact is the only place it would fit, is in the nook of a curve right where the two modules join.  I put the model there and let it sit for a few days, while I went on to other projects.  Everytime I came over to the layout, it would grab my attention.  It was wrong but it was right.

I have to say my final decision was John’s fault.  I am always amazed, how he crams scenes into his Gypsy Trolly Line.  Story after story, you can read his layout like a book.  I wanted that for the City Harbor Line.

So I glued it down.  This is a lot of set up to get to my point.

Fences, (of which we make 3 real nice ones), are magic.  I knew I was going to use a lot of fence to isolate the mill.  I mean you can’t just walk on to a heavy industrial property.  Hard hats required and all. BUT, if I moved a few fences, I found I could isolate this little area of curve and create a green, (well kind of green), island.  The country whistle stop became a way for the mill workers to get to work.  It gave me all kinds of story points and an excuse to have at least one passenger car or tram to run.  I have a small piece of standard gauage track, embedded into the street, two modules away, that will now become an end of the line interurban stop.  From there, the workers, of my little industrial park, can get on the local narrow gauage and ride to the plant on the other end of the layout.  All because of Fences.

So think about how some simple fence can help you define scenes on you layout, then come on by and try out some of ours.

Thom