Just got this in from Rob. If you missed his last post, it’s here.
“Hello Fellow Model Railroaders: My name is Robert and I am a 75 year old modeling fan and have been for over 50 years. When I started building HO scale structures I followed the typical kit instructions. By that I mean…cutting out walls and roofs and supporting them with the standard corner…wall…and roof bracing. If you still build structures via this method I have a good tip for you to consider…”Solid Core Modeling”.
For years and numerous structures I labored over gluing up walls and roofs with the typical bracing method and hoped that all would be square. In many cases I had to make adjustments because things just didn’t go together as I had hoped they would. Even after years of building it simply seemed to take forever to build even a modest structure… forever meaning….2 to 4 weeks of gluing and waiting…gluing and waiting…and gluing and waiting. When I was 20 I had plenty of time to take forever to build even a simple structure. At 75 I do not have that kind of time anymore nor do I want to continue to struggle with the more complicated segments specifically: Roof angles…dormers with complex angles…gluing 4 walls together only to find that they are not as square as they should be… and when finished worry about warping. Those days are long forgotten…and for several years now I have made the commitment to solid core modeling and will never go back to the old style of structure building.
Attached are some photographs of a new structure that I have designed for the sole purpose of validating the value of solid core modeling. I have deliberately built in complexity so that you can imagine the time that it would take to build this structure via the traditional method.
HO scale rule
Exterior sheeting material
Glue ( I use Titebond III)
What you will see in the attached photographs was started at 8:00am today and was completed at 6:00pm just in time for dinner. The photographic results of day two (tomorrow) will be forwarded to Mr. Alastair at 6:00pm tomorrow night for your review. I hope that you will be pleased with what you will see and the time it took to deliver the results.
And now more from Hall of Fame member, Dangerous Dave. I enjoyed the vid so I thought you might too:
“Hi Al , not sure if this will appeal ( my sons dog appreciated it ) , but being the holiday period , I have put this video together of some real Steam as seen on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this week , and added some sound Loco`s on my layout , with description of each Loco …
Hope you can enjoy
A big thanks to Dave and Rob.
I never know what will appear in my inbox after all these years – it’s still a real delight to see the different things you’re all up to.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you haven’t taken the plunge yet with the Beginner’s Guide, you can grab it here.