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N Scale Money Saving Modeling Tips
« on: July 29, 2016, 10:55:56 AM »
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I am putting together an article on N SCALE MONEY SAVING MODELING TIPS. I welcome contributors. Please
post here, post links, PM me or use my email. You can cut the cost of modeling in half and spend
money wisely on LDE modeling and getting only what you need for modeling vs. doing what I use
to do, pegboards full of stuff, looked like an LHS.
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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2016, 11:16:11 AM »
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One that has saved me time and money over the years was repurposing modules. I had a scene that was 12'-6" long (two 6'-3" straight modules). I decided to redo the scene more prototypically, so I rebuilt it on two curved 6' modules.

Instead of tossing the old modules I left the main line in tact and redid the scenery, now I have a couple of scenic modules I didn't have before.
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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2016, 01:02:01 PM »
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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2016, 02:32:02 PM »
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This is great - Keep em' coming. The contributions and article will be posed only here and
my blog/FB page for the layout. All contributions will be given credit.
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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2016, 02:42:29 PM »
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I like the idea Chuck, but I'm not crazy about the name.  To me the word hack has negative connotations (on all its levels of definition).

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hack
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/hack

I would think that "modeling tips" might be more appropriate.  Just sayin' . . .
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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2016, 03:03:57 PM »
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I like the idea Chuck, but I'm not crazy about the name.  To me the word hack has negative connotations (on all its levels of definition).

I would think that "modeling tips" might be more appropriate.  Just sayin' . . .

Yeah. I was wondering, exactly WHAT is a hack?


Hmm... Kiz is a hack,
meant in a negative way...


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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2016, 03:22:10 PM »
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I like the idea Chuck, but I'm not crazy about the name.  To me the word hack has negative connotations (on all its levels of definition).

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hack
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/hack

I would think that "modeling tips" might be more appropriate.  Just sayin' . . .

I agree with you, Pete, but it's this new thing that seems to be all over the internet.  An example would be those clickbait links that suggest to click here to learn about "life hacks," i.e., tips for improving your life.  In that connotation, a hack is a tip.  But, I'm not a fan of this new definition, either.

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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2016, 03:28:42 PM »
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I like the idea Chuck, but I'm not crazy about the name.  To me the word hack has negative connotations (on all its levels of definition).

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=hack
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/hack

I would think that "modeling tips" might be more appropriate.  Just sayin' . . .

Seriously?  You haven't heard of 'lifehacker.com'?   

There are lots of people who use it with a positive connotation.   
Maybe they're all just younger than you.   :trollface:

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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2016, 03:38:56 PM »
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Hack is also a slang term for caboose!

"Modeling tips" does sound much better.

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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2016, 03:51:26 PM »
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"Hacks" is appropriate here. Words change over time. In short, it means to use something for another purpose for which it was not designed.

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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2016, 04:42:44 PM »
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I do not like the word hacks as used here . Maybe , Repurposed , Dime savers , Make do , Alternate use , Reused , Jerry rigged , might be more self explanatory .

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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2016, 04:43:44 PM »
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Context matters too.   As a software developer, being called a "hacker" can be taken as praise.   As a musician it's quite the opposite.

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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2016, 04:46:26 PM »
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I've always considered myself an N scale hack... :facepalm:

I did an N Scale Approach column at some point along similar lines...  "Making Something from Nothing" or something along those lines.  Repurposing locomotive light boards (removed for decoders) as structure lighting, for instance...


I'm always looking for readily available stuff that can inexpensively replace pricier commercial parts.  Ed's grout ballast, for instance...  You can get a 50 lb bag in just about any color you want for about what it costs to get a small pouch of Woodland Scenics.

Give me time... I've got a million of them...

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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2016, 04:49:35 PM »
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focus people   LOL

I use those metal wire clips you can buy by the dozens, un insulated and attach them to bamboo skewers to hold parts for painting or soldering.  I have a jar of them attached to regular toothpicks and they help keep glued surfaces together like mini vices.  Here they are attached to metal wire.  I've also used aluminum armature wire and bent them to be free standing. 

In that same vane, when I did a lot of 1/72 armor models I would drill out lengths of different diameters of wood dowel and epoxy dry wall screws in the hole.  I used a dremel tool with a metal cut off wheel to take the heads off so all I had was the thread.  I would drill a small hole in the bottom of the tank and thread it on the screw to hold for painting.  You can even put an eyelet in one end and hang them, or use thicker dowel and they will stand on their end.  I still use them  recently when I built one of those bulk pack boxes of Tichy Trains 40' flats.  They also work on N trucks when you want to paint them. 

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Re: N Scale Modeling Hacks
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2016, 04:56:49 PM »
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focus people   LOL

Joe, just be happy they're busy telling people how to title their own threads instead of--ahem--hacking on you.   :trollface:

And hack is absolutely appropriate here...I'll have some on-topic contributions soon.    8)
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