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THE BG MODEL THREAD

Post by ian » Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:53 am

I don't think this fits anywhere, so I figured I'd make a model thread.
Figures and figurines, Gundams, Cars, Boats, Bikes, Trains, Planes, scratchbuilt, kits, whatever sort of models people are getting into.

Usually I'm into my slot cars, but recently I've been trying to clean the shed (the one the tree DIDN'T fall on) and eventually I was able to get to my dad's old trains.
Some have been left out under the house gathering dust and cobwebs for 8 years, and even the ones we haven't used since he died were all showing the signs of age.

So I stopped with most gaming and my usual restorations and repairs of various things (mostly electronics, but sometimes car parts and furniture) to take care of some trains.
I've cleaned 7 locomotives, and 50 units of rolling stock. Repairing 2 locomotives and 3 wagons in the process. 3 locomotives still need to be repaired by actual train enthusiasts as they are beyond my ability in metalworking, or finding/replacing small plastic gears.

Here are a couple of examples of what I've been up to:
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I was actually pretty fascinated with these trains, afterall they were a big part of my childhood, so I looked them up using this fandangled internet thingy.
I found out this Range of models, Mainline Railways, was only Produced from 1976 to 1983. Meaning the oldest of these is now 45 years old, and the newest they can possibly be is 37-38. 95% of my dad's trains are this brand. Soon I hope to be able to get to the actual railway layout so I can attempt to rewire it, but that's later on.

After a couple of great results on the models themselves, I decided to fix up the hugely worn boxes. My father would always put things away when he was finished using them (a trait no one else in the family has) so some of them had a lot of wear, like the one pictured. a lot of time got sank into the boxes for all of the trains I did, including new windows for a lot of boxes, and a lot of reinforcement tape. But I now have a nice pristine train collection that will be good to go for the next 40 years. I am not planning on getting any more trains at all. I'm tripping over trains.

So has anyone else been doing any modeling/purchasing/displaying etc lately?
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Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:43 pm

That looks cool.

I used collect model trains when I was a kid. It was fun.

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Re: THE BG MODEL THREAD

Post by ian » Thu May 06, 2021 10:29 pm

Dr. Zoidberg wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:43 pm
That looks cool.

I used collect model trains when I was a kid. It was fun.
My whole family collects model trains, but they are lightweights compared to some of the train nerds I know.

This time in the shed of doom, some model cars from the Franklin mint:
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My grandfather bought heaps of shit from the franklin mint thinking it would all appreciate like crazy... HAHAHA.
By the late 90's me and my brothers all started playing with them. and at some point in the mid 2000's they ended up begind glass in the shed. The Rolls Royce is mine.

many more trains, but I'm still sorting.
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Post by pixel » Fri May 07, 2021 12:20 am

I know a train collector over in Minnesota, but farm toys seem to be more popular around here. Trains didn't make it out here very often :olol:

Each retired farmer likes to have 1/64th and 1/32th-scale versions of the equipment they used. The custom work my brother did used to feature a lot of JB Weld, but now the 3D printing and casting options have really expanded.

I haven't been to any conventions in the past 20 years, but they still have a national convention down in Iowa.

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Re: THE BG MODEL THREAD

Post by ian » Fri May 07, 2021 8:26 pm

some 1:32 farm equipment would actually be pretty cool. And in the local train world we have a few manufacturers who make some astonishing models out of plastic.

15 years ago all the best trains were brass and cost $1200+ then auscision came along with a phenomenal plastic model that shat all over the $1200 brass model for $300 and now with 3D printing getting easier, cheap and better quality I am sure the cheap models will be springing up everywhere soon.
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