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    • December 23, 2019 10:31 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      So who's stupid idea was it to switch to this scale? ;-). ......

      I believe that would be Mr. Sinsley that made that fateful decision 

    • December 23, 2019 5:03 PM EST
    • So who's stupid idea was it to switch to this scale? ;-). So over the weekend among some other projects I decided to play with an On30 skeleton log car. 22' car ends up being 5.5" long. Thats small. Looks funny. But I am really pleased with the size when it comes to running indoor. I know I am going to like this a lot better. And I used I think it is Landral's (Ty) way of making logs by using pink foam and making round logs then scoring bark lines and then painting, dry brushing, and then using weathering chalk to make some pretty cool logs for the one car that is about half done.  I need to order some detail parts in order to finish it. Since this stuff will be up close and personal I am going to put some detail into them. But man it sure is tiny

    • December 21, 2019 8:01 AM EST
    • Not to get too far derailed, the STMA wasn't the last logging railroad in the USA. That claim to fame goes to Simpson Railroad. They ran wet logs up to a dry sort yard, then dry logs back to the mill. Talk about cool equipment, the had one of the few dynamic brake equipped SW1200's around. But I'll give you the STMA as second. ;)

    • December 21, 2019 6:25 AM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Craig Townsend said:

      Or take the HO flex, remove every 3rd or 4th tie and call it good. ;) No

       

      Personally, I think you should be doing Gn15. :) And Hell No

      So, how do you really feel Devon?

       

      My legacy I fear will be a sting of unfinished projects.

       

      I know that will be my legacy. But at least I am having fun.

    • December 20, 2019 8:23 PM EST
    • Craig Townsend said:

       

      I take that GP off your hands. Oh wait, I don't need another project. ;)

      No that Geep, even if it takes me until I die, is my baby. In HO I wanted to do STMA. Now that I am in G, I still want to do it. I love the look and the concept. Basically WAS the last true logging shortline. Owned by a lumber company and its sole purpose was to bring logs out of the woods to the mill and finished product to the Mainline for interchange. It's a fractured shell of its former self now. So I really do want to make a tribute to it. Just need to get serious about at least working on it. They own three Geeps, and the Sw1200. And then the log cars. Not a huge task.

    • December 20, 2019 8:18 PM EST
    • Oh I am sold on this O18 idea. Shapeways has a cool little Shay built on a Bachmann chassis and some ore cars. You can get the trucks and wheel sets as well. I am going to expand the mining area to include a little run of O18.

    • December 20, 2019 3:33 PM EST
    • Hey man just trying to help out.

      I take that GP off your hands. Oh wait, I don't need another project. ;)

    • December 20, 2019 11:01 AM EST
    • Craig,

       

      You are like that good friend that offers their buddy crack for the first time. You had to make me look at Gn15 again. No I am not doing it. BUT......I'll be damned if On18 doesn't have some possibilities on the On30 layout.

    • December 20, 2019 10:10 AM EST
    • Craig Townsend said:
      Devon Sinsley said:
      Craig Townsend said:

      Or take the HO flex, remove every 3rd or 4th tie and call it good. ;) No

       

      Personally, I think you should be doing Gn15. :) And Hell No

      Okay, be that way... Just dump all those steam powered things and get back to modeling the GP9 from St Marie RR and those awesome long flats! 

      And my book and my house. . .sigh My legacy I fear will be a sting of unfinished projects. I actually did pull the Geep out and look at it.

    • December 19, 2019 11:10 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Craig Townsend said:

      Or take the HO flex, remove every 3rd or 4th tie and call it good. ;) No

       

      Personally, I think you should be doing Gn15. :) And Hell No

      Okay, be that way... Just dump all those steam powered things and get back to modeling the GP9 from St Marie RR and those awesome long flats! 

    • December 19, 2019 10:07 PM EST
    • I just meant that since they do the same track, you could use their experience with it. That's all. You don't have to use it because they do.

       

      (Quote) "Now that really makes no nevermind in track choice. John B (I think I can say this) was simply saying this is what your friends use and it works for them. John is as much a rogue as anyone in our club and so I don't think he meant it as if they are doing it then you have to do it. I am pretty confident this is where he was going with that."

       

      Exactly, Devon. 

    • December 19, 2019 9:25 PM EST
    • Craig Townsend said:

      Or take the HO flex, remove every 3rd or 4th tie and call it good. ;) No

       

      Personally, I think you should be doing Gn15. :) And Hell No

    • December 19, 2019 8:45 PM EST
    • Or take the HO flex, remove every 3rd or 4th tie and call it good. ;)

       

      Personally, I think you should be doing Gn15. :)

    • December 19, 2019 8:23 PM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:
      Dan Hilyer said:

      Devon, I like the idea of using flex for the mainline and hand laid for the branches.  The flex gives you the ability to get some track down fairly quickly and then you can take each branch, one at a time, and lay it on the hand hewn timbers.  Each branch would become a project unto itself with its own back story.  My 2 cents   BTW: Is it done yet? 

      I really a, thinking this is the way to go. If I was going for the proto/fine scale yeah okay hand laid would be best. But getting the main down fast would be good. Its a dog bone and I could run trains while taking my time on the branch lines.

      Exactly 

    • December 19, 2019 8:13 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Devon, I like the idea of using flex for the mainline and hand laid for the branches.  The flex gives you the ability to get some track down fairly quickly and then you can take each branch, one at a time, and lay it on the hand hewn timbers.  Each branch would become a project unto itself with its own back story.  My 2 cents   BTW: Is it done yet? 

      I really a, thinking this is the way to go. If I was going for the proto/fine scale yeah okay hand laid would be best. But getting the main down fast would be good. Its a dog bone and I could run trains while taking my time on the branch lines.

    • December 19, 2019 8:03 PM EST
    • Devon, I like the idea of using flex for the mainline and hand laid for the branches.  The flex gives you the ability to get some track down fairly quickly and then you can take each branch, one at a time, and lay it on the hand hewn timbers.  Each branch would become a project unto itself with its own back story.  My 2 cents   BTW: Is it done yet? 

    • December 21, 2019 2:34 PM EST
    • Tom Grabenstein said:
      Devon Sinsley said:

      Doc,

       

      You do such excellent work.  You are the reason I even started thinking about On30. What you do in such small spaces on themes I really enjoy is very inspirational. 

       

      Thanks Devon. Appreciate the kind sentiments. You will fine that working in On30 gets a lot of cues from the larger scales. Including........drum rolll.....working with battery power and radio control if desired. Of course it is the On30 steamers with a tender that can easily handle the newer batteries and tiny electronics. Also the trees and buildings are BIG similar to large scale. Making the construction easier on eyes and hands.  Doc Tom

      Well I am going to go all out and do DCC. I was going to to it with the 1:24nand since the Bachmann locos I will likely be using already come equipped with DCC and sound I won't be doing battery. But maybe in some critters or something.

       

      The scenery was the final straw in switching. Its big enough to work with and yet small enough to allow me to model more.

    • December 21, 2019 8:38 AM EST
    • Devon Sinsley said:

      Doc,

       

      You do such excellent work.  You are the reason I even started thinking about On30. What you do in such small spaces on themes I really enjoy is very inspirational. 

       

      Thanks Devon. Appreciate the kind sentiments. You will fine that working in On30 gets a lot of cues from the larger scales. Including........drum rolll.....working with battery power and radio control if desired. Of course it is the On30 steamers with a tender that can easily handle the newer batteries and tiny electronics. Also the trees and buildings are BIG similar to large scale. Making the construction easier on eyes and hands.  Doc Tom

    • December 21, 2019 8:33 AM EST
    • David Maynard said:

      Looks like someone has been into the eggnog already.

      Could it be those guys with  the wide eyed Woodland Scenics paint jobs????   Doc Tom

    • December 20, 2019 1:42 PM EST
    • Doc,

       

      You do such excellent work.  You are the reason I even started thinking about On30. What you do in such small spaces on themes I really enjoy is very inspirational.