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(finally) getting inspired!

Started by lab-dad, December 04, 2011, 04:55:19 PM

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When I began in this hobby 60 years or so ago, my focus was on improving my Lionel trains and my main concern was trying to keep them on the track on curves.

50 years ago the Lionel was discarded in favor of HO when I first noticed John Allen's work.

40 years ago I opened my first hobby shop and found the wonderful world of friends to be made in this hobby.

30 years ago I was still building large layouts and having fun.

20 years ago I realized it was more fun to build detailed models from scratch.

10 years ago I began making DVDs to share with others.

5 years ago I gave up on layouts completely in favor of dioramas.

1 year ago I decided to abandon Alaska and move to Idaho.

This caused me to carefully evaluate the packing and shipping of models I had made over the years.

My dumpster soon became filled with things that I used to think were pretty good models.

Today, as I am finalizing the move to Idaho, I realize that the standards set by you and Chuck Doan in which you spend a huge amount of time building a little diesel switcher and a planing mill while Chuck spends months on a dirty old tractor and a month or more on one gas pump are terrific and if I had the skills and ability to see details like you do, then I would want to try to do the same level of work.

HOWEVER-------as my eyes and hands are no longer what they used to be I think I will just have to be content to build an occassional building here and there with my old, established standards and just content myself to stand and stare with my mouth hanging open in disbelief as you and Chuck continue to amaze me with your efforts.

Party on, dudes.

Darryl Huffman
The search for someone else to blame is always succcessful.


I'll add my congratulations to the mix Marty - very nice work!
Eric Zabilka
Lexington, Kentucky


Thanks, being in just the same paragraph as Chuck is an honor.
Glad you are enjoying. Wait till you see the drill press! I hope I can pull it off!

The more I do the more fun I have.
Thats what it is all about! ;D

Besides I've seen your models, your no slouch! ;) AND your a movie star!



Well the planer is done!
Before I show the final images i want to thank a couple of guys, who without their assistance I could not have completed this model.

First off to Bill Gustafuson at http://www.westernscalemodels.com/
Bill measured the original machine and produced a fabulous kit in O scale that started this.
Bill was also very, very  kind to send me additional photographs of the machine that allowed me to fill in the blanks and detail the (larger) model to my standards.

Dave at http://www.vectorcut.com/ who without i would not have had the lettering, impossible to make details and proper sized gears. I think the model without the lettering would have lost a great deal.
Dave took my chicken scratch and turned it into perfect components.

And last but not least;
Jerry (trains 1941) My number one fan!
Without him I would have never started this project.
Every time I do one of these large scale scratch builds they are so much fun!
Now if I could just get him to finish something!

For those who may have forgot or missed the dimensions;
Total length; 15"
Width; 6"
Height; 7 1/2 "
Bed; 2 1/8" x 8 3/16"

The levers all work, the tool holder goes up and down and the tool holders go left & right, the belt shifters work.

So without further delay.........

And just for fun, based on some of your observations of a earlier picture;

Parts for the drill press are already ordered!


Marty, that turned out very nice. How about a tutorial on the finish.

Gordon Birrell



Yes young Martin you surely out did yourself.  One of the best I've ever een.

And I will always be your number one fan.  And maybe just maybe I'll finish something.

I can';t wait to see the Drill Press and did I tell you you'll need a Shaper!!!!!!! :)

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W.P. Rayner

Very nicely done Marty... the surfaces and textures are superb!



michael mott

Marty, what an outstanding work of excellence!! Inspirational to say the least.



Yup!....what all the others said!

I am an unreliable witness to my own existence.

In the corners of my mind there is a circus....



I commended you earlier today. Now get me some hi-res shots to publish. -- Russ


Simply brilliant!
How did you do the silvery surface of the rolls ?


Quote from: finescalerr on February 26, 2012, 12:35:13 AM
I commended you earlier today. Now get me some hi-res shots to publish. -- Russ

Publish?..printing?...dude, that's so yesterday....it's already on Facebook. ;) ;D :P
I am an unreliable witness to my own existence.

In the corners of my mind there is a circus....