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    • March 18, 2021 6:48 PM EDT
    • Very nice Lou I like that.

    • March 18, 2021 5:47 PM EDT
    • Nice save!

    • March 18, 2021 4:29 PM EDT
    • That looks great, Lou!

    • March 17, 2021 11:56 AM EDT
    • In 2002 when we went to our first ECLSTS in York, we shopped in Lancaster and I bought a mailbox that looked like a caboose with cupola. Well, here's what it looked like when I finally decided it needed replacing:


      The cupola and the door had already been removed.

      I had a contractor do some trim replacement around windows. He used PVC. So I figured I could use that, and never have to replace this again!

      I reused the metal roof and the cupola metal roof. The knob for the door was something my wife had given me that she forgot to put in my Christmas stocking. I thought this was the perfect use for it.





      I still want to add a number (still too cold to stick on) and a front platform. You can't tell from this picture, but there is a rear platform.

    • 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!