“Greetings Alastair. I don’t know if you remember my story of “helping” to build my father in-law an “O” scale layout or not. But I thought I would ask the group’s opinion on scratch building and what they think it means (since I don’t really know!).
This is my first attempt at scratch building. Father in-law wanted an engine house (or road house) to make his yard look a little more finished. I used sheets of a poly-plastic material to cut the sides and top. The ends were premade store bought O scale tunnel portals (so that wasn’t scratch). The interior framing, while not finished with tools etc., is also plastic “4X4”cut to length, glued up. I tried to keep in scale as much as possible. The lighting is premade (such as the fixture at the opening). I did add a welder and welding lighting to the left side of the engine for a little more realism. The whole thing was painted using 4 or 5 different colors, as it was all bright white to start.
Thoughts and opinions requested.
Pete, San Jose Calif. USA”
“Hi my name is Paul,
I’ve been seeing some excellent bridges on here, and some great ideas too. I have a bridge i would like to share . I used one size of lumber 1/8×1/8 balsa for the majority of the structure. The only plans I used were based on the best looking arch I could form,and a few pIctures I found on google .the patience was the hardest part but well worth the outcome.
A big thanks to Paul and Pete. I do love seeing what appears in my inbox every morning.
Sometimes it’s jaw dropping, sometimes it’s just plain rude. And over the years I have picked up quite a few cyber friends too.
I often hear from ‘builder Kim’ who sends me pics and tales about the Canadian winters. I thought he was pulling my leg when he said he was upset about his neighbor having to shoot a bear that was going through their bins. How wrong I was.
Paul, in Oz, sends me a Christmas card every year.
The talented Dave is always sending me fab stuff.
And some of the stories folk send in – that have nothing to do with trains or modelling – keep me amused for hours.
When I posted a pic of my German Shepherd puppy, I got a stack of mails (if you’ve mailed me about him, you will get a reply! I’m working through ’em). Anyhow, he’s grown big and bouncy and I love him to bits. If you’re wondering, I called him Basil.
And then there’s John.
John is a scratch builder who likes trains, but likes boats more. We started mailing each other about 3 years ago, and ever since then he’s kept me entertained. His videos are just as funny as they are helpful.
When he launched his site I was more than happy to help him – he soon discovered what I did: it absorbs all your time and costs much more than you anticipated.
Anyhow, he’s asked me for a favour and I’m more than happy to oblige. His site is membership – but he’s also added a ‘golden key’ (flattery gets you everywhere).
So if scratch building boats and trains is your thing, but membership sites aren’t, you can grab this until Sunday night. It gets you all of John’s content, but without the monthly payments.
(Click here to see what John’s site is about – use the above link to get the key).
Make no mistake, I’m deeply biased when it comes to John’s stuff: I think it is excellent.
Right, ramble over, apart from: thanks to anyone and everyone who has ever mailed. I really do appreciate it. It’s been a bumpy old ride at times, but I do love my little site and all the comments, warts and all.