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    • March 16, 2021 10:27 PM EDT
    • Available at most online retailers (and even one of the remaining brick and mortar hobby shops in my area) - Darice 'Timeless Minis'  


      link for Walmart just because.



      'Scale' of these items varies wildly.  Generally, the food/cookware is 'close enough' (probably tending towards the 1:20 end of the spectrum).  The clocks are about the right size, and the books (some of these are *actual books with pages and everything, are good enough for atlases, shop manuals, and encyclopedia sized tomes.  Tools tend to be a bit large, but maybe usable.  Furniture, fishing pole, bunch of other stuff...way to big.


      I should also note the prices for these things have doubled or tripled since I last bought any (got drawers full of timeless minis)

    • March 16, 2021 6:07 PM EDT
    • A couple of other useful stores:


      Evan's Designs for LEDs: [link]

      Harbor Models for odds and ends (mostly ship building stuff but they have nice pulleys for example): [link]

    • March 16, 2021 3:37 PM EDT
    • A few of where I get things.





    • March 16, 2021 1:44 PM EDT
    • This thread has been set up to compile a list of places where we can go for parts. As the hobby turns more and more from brick and mortar stores and instead is relying on online suppliers, it is time to develop a list of all those places we all use to get the stuff we need to keep our hobby on the rails. To keep the thread clean and searchable lets avoid commenting just randomly, giving reviews or critiques, etc. Lets keep it as simple as "these are where I get my stuff from" posts with URLs. 


      So things like miniature hardware, detail parts, paint, replacement parts, R/C stuff, batteries, track, etc. 

    • March 13, 2021 12:00 PM EST
    • I am looking for a blueprint of a # 209 Sykes motorcar or similar which appeared in Model railroader in april  1983.
      Does anyone among you have this plan? Thank you

    • March 13, 2021 9:40 AM EST
    • Nice!!

    • March 12, 2021 5:27 PM EST
    • Nice!

    • March 12, 2021 2:25 PM EST
    • Thanks Guys. I'm glad you think they turned out okay.


      Sean asked for an updated roster photo of my custom fleet, so here you go.


    • March 11, 2021 6:30 PM EST
    • reminds me of marty cozaad:


      "is it real?

      or 1/29th?"



    • March 11, 2021 11:44 AM EST
    • He's in in the grove ... Making them while he remembers how he made  them ..  

      Fine work even ...

    • March 10, 2021 8:59 PM EST
    • Those look great Shane ! You work soo fast , i've been building another centerbeam car and it's been going very slowly and you built not one but two loco's. Great job again .Love the lighting too !

    • March 10, 2021 8:30 PM EST
    • Wow!!! 

    • March 10, 2021 8:02 PM EST
    • Done...





    • March 10, 2021 8:00 PM EST
    • One nice thing about these is they have a center which is removable making it easy to install your controls up top.


    • March 12, 2021 5:07 PM EST
    • All,

      I have passed along your compliments.  I reminded her that once she has the design of the company logo, I'll order the custom decals.  It's somewhere on her mile high project list!



    • March 8, 2021 9:23 PM EST
    • Actually..., I decided to change it back.  Mine has stake pockets to hold the battery for the cleaning motor and I would have had to cut the Plastruct to go around these.  There would be several small pieces to deal with.

    • March 8, 2021 4:08 PM EST

      Nice pic and you've just changed my build before I was about to cut it on the laser.  For the track cleaner (a stake-bed car), the lower section is acrylic and I was just going to leave the sides flat.  (Top is wood.)  But I have Plastruct that is the same width raised on just one side and will look like your "I-beam" frame when glued to the perimeter of the acrylic.


      I was all ready to cut this but after seeing your pic, I redid the sides/front/back 2MM wider in CAD to account for the Plastruct.  Plus, I can just paint the Plastruct to look like metal, more so than tha acrylic.


      Thanks again!

    • March 8, 2021 1:38 PM EST
    • Nice clean resistance soldering on that build. I'm slowly getting better with my resistance soldering unit as well. I feel like I've had to relearn soldering all over again using resistance soldering. But boy I love how fast the parts cool. I've only got a small tweezer set, so I need to invest in some of the other attachments like the probe.