“Hi Al. Hope everyone is doing well. I have an idea for the group. Cheap easy and no mess. Crafter’s board. Come’s in 3 feet by 3 foot less than a 1/4 inch crafter’s board.
It has paper on both side’s so remove the paper on one side and us a dull pointy object to carve lines. You will figure out how much pressure to use and not to use when doing it. Doesn’t take much. This idea can save a lot of money to make wall’s, portal’s, homes.The third is stepping blocks. If you stand it up can use it for a retaining wall. then paint. I pay $1 for each board.
I have been reading your posts for some time now! Great stuff! I always look forward to opening another email with some great ideas!
Not too long ago, myself and my 10 year old started a model (on a budget… I’ll say again, he’s a 10 yr old boy… haha). My hopes is that this will be a hobby that will (willingly) take time away from the play station, tablet, etc… Down the road, better investments will come. But for now, we have been working with minimals and lots of items from ebay! Still, no cheap….
So last night, he approached me and wanted to use his matchbox cars on the set. No problem! Whatever it takes to keep him entertained with the start of a great hobby, right?! But, he wanted to focus some senery around a matchbox that he has with a tow behind camper… “We need a campground!”
So it began! Take a look at the photos! (Keep in mind, the “log cabin” is temporary…)
He is my question…. I have looking for camping type scenery. I haven’t found much for good prices. We are currently establishing wired track switches, buss wires, streetlights, etc… So buying little plastic tents just isn’t in the cards right now. However, I have seen a printable paper template for camping tents that are made from paper! I have not been able to find a source for this template… But, I am looking for ideas to sweeten this little spot within reason… thoughts?
“The second edition of A&CRR pictures features Abingdon, Pennsylvania, just across the state line from Crane, NY. Parts of Abingdon are very much unfinished, leaving me with something to do.
Abingdon’s major industries are the Johnson Brewing Co., with a kit building and a smaller scratch-built, and a small steam-powered sawmill. There is also a scratch-built pump jack pulling up that rich Pennsylvania crude. The Phineas P. Gage (google it) School of Mine Engineering prepares young men for a rewarding career.
Some day the farm way in the back will look like a farm, perhaps with a small landing area for an Autogyro. The hinged bridge allows benddown-free access and is built from an article in Model Railroader from the 1980’si
L. Johnson, President”
And lastly, Eric has been in touch again. You’ll remember from a few posts ago, he’s rebuilding his layout. Here he shows the trains running before he gets busy on the scenery.
A huge thank you to everyone. I loved Larry’s second installment and I hope you did too.
If today’s post hasn’t got you inspired, I don’t know what will – other than the beginners guide.
One last thing. I keep getting mails asking for ‘more American’ layouts. Well, folks, it’s all very simple. You send ’em in, and I post ’em. So it’s up to you…
Keep ’em coming.