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Should I be ashamed?
« on: January 28, 2008, 01:41:37 AM »
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Due to an accident, I lost the use of my left hand (I'm a south paw). This condition will stay for at least a couple of months. I can move two or three fingers a bit, just enough to do some modeling, but I am not able to handle any power tools.
My old layout lies abandoned, as there is a lot of woodworking still to be done to run trains. and I feel a strong urge to watch some choo choos going
Now my eye fell on Woodland's Styrofoam creation of Scenic Ridge. I seem to be able build this to get me running trains soon.

However, I am not really sure about this layout. The idea behind it is intriguing (I read Spook's Blog), but the track plan ....  :o

 

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Re: Should I be ashamed?
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2008, 01:50:11 AM »
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Sorry to hear of your busted up hand . If you buy videos of trains that will be like a rapist watching dirty movies . It will drive you nuts . Now might be a good time to do railroad related spread sheets or something like that . Can you type well enough with your good hand ?


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Re: Should I be ashamed?
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2008, 02:09:06 AM »
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Yeah, the movies don't help any. They make the urge even worse .  ... got a load of movies from German TV-Trainshows downloaded from some buddies in Germany .... it is a pain to watch them.

Spread sheets is all I have been doing for the last couple of months ...

The hand is good enough to solder turnouts meanwhile, but i want to run trains on them ....

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Re: Should I be ashamed?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2008, 12:43:16 AM »
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Trainz ist what I'm doing already for eight weeks :'(

No other modeler around for about 1500 miles .... my (hopefully) future son in law wants to help me some now and then ... but he gets dirty looks from his (hopefully) future wife then.

I'm just wondering if that Woodland Styrofoam stuff is worth its money. At least that I can handle, and my six year old will have with it too (he's still a bit scared of the table saw  ;D )

Sorry, if i came over as whiny, but it's getting close to cabin fever.

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Re: Should I be ashamed?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2008, 08:34:29 AM »
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Yeah, the movies don't help any. They make the urge even worse .  ... got a load of movies from German TV-Trainshows downloaded from some buddies in Germany .... it is a pain to watch them.

what are these TV trainshows you speak of?  and where can I get them ..

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Re: Should I be ashamed?
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2008, 08:46:56 AM »
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They are all German language (DVD copies of TV shows) ...
But the German Railway has a web page with videos related to them ... in German.

http://www.bahntv-online.de/btvo/site/index.php?s=6000&PHPSESSID=fa5045e19ab99f2990aaef494600de65

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Re: Should I be ashamed?
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2008, 10:01:12 AM »
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They are all German language (DVD copies of TV shows) ...
But the German Railway has a web page with videos related to them ... in German.

http://www.bahntv-online.de/btvo/site/index.php?s=6000&PHPSESSID=fa5045e19ab99f2990aaef494600de65

Thanks .. I understand German :)

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Re: Should I be ashamed?
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2008, 10:40:53 AM »
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I don't think you should be ashamed using the Woodland Scenics system.  It's very effective!  It's not like you open the box and out pops a complete layout, either...  You still have to exercise some degree of skill and artistry in the execution.  So no, no reason to be ashamed.

You're right in that the track plan is a bit wanting; the over-and-under business will, however, give you a nice long run.  My recommendation, if you're able, is to use a bit of flextrack and make that yard in the front look a bit less rigid; maybe add a slight curve to the yard tracks or an extra siding that's not quite parallel to the table edge.

Otherwise, you should be able to make a nice little layout.  If the sense of shame comes from the idea that it's a layout kit, I think it's misplaced.  After all, if you wanted to build your own design for a 3x6, you'd still need roughly the same materials, right?  This way you save money as opposed to buying it all seperately.

Good luck, and heal soon!

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Re: Should I be ashamed?
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2008, 04:59:45 PM »
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Ooops, John, das wusste ich nicht. Sorry.

Thanks, Dave. Yeah, the front will be changed completely. It'll have a small yard and a connection to the big layout.

Thanks for you wishes.