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rvn2001 - Sun 24 Jun - 12:37

Excellent! Dr. Frankenshteen....

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It is alive!

LWR21 - Mon 28 May - 14:58

Yes, Gerd has built some.

bjw - Fri 25 May - 17:56

Hi, All,Did someone here do a GMD-1 CN loco? Gerd?

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Thanks! Back in business! all changed and works!!!! Yeee! haa!

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Stony, Walt, the profile page has been fixed. I disabled an out of date plug-in.

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Thanks! Kinda late but better then never! been off for a while!

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Walt.. the photo is fixed.

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sorry about the photo being upside down. but it was right side up before loading it!!! Just not my day!

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Hi guyZ,thought I would let y'all know that I am still kickin' around just not doing much Z right now.I I can barely hang on to my HO stuff.Hope y'all are doing great' :-)

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Happy New Year!! Here is a video of my Z scale layout built on a G scale flatcar.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njVNOZOIRVo

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I've already got one of each on order.

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MICHRR 1872-07-23 Elijah J. McCoy, a black inventor, raised in Ypsilanti, patented the first automatic lubrication system for locomotives and other machinery, a device so effective that it was difficult to sell imitations that weren't "the real McCoy"; thus McCoy's name became synonymous with anything genuine or authentic.
MICHRR 1877-07-23 About 40 Michigan Central yard men went on strike following a 10 percent wage reduction. Fellow-workers left their jobs the next day. The MC stopped receiving freight but there was no strike by trainmen. MC workers in Jackson went on strike as well. It is not clear whether trains actually stopped running. MC officials met with workers at Windsor and agreed to a compromise which increased wages.
NHRS 1887-07-23 ICC hears a complaint of racial discrimination brought by William H. Councill against the Western & Atlantic Railroad. Commissioner William Morrison finds 'That colored people may be assigned separate cars on equal terms, without disadvantage to either race and with increased comfort to both.'
NHRS 1918-07-23 US Military Railways orders 510 standard gauge locomotives from Baldwin. Destined for war service in Europe, their construction takes priority over USRA orders.
NHRS 1944-07-23 St. Louis physician Dr. John P. Roberts and others organize a group to preserve historic railroad equipment, later the Museum of Transportation.
NHRS 1945-07-23 Burlington's Silver Dome makes its debut on the Twin Cities Zephyr. The dome car has been constructed in the company's shops from a stainless-steel coach.
NHRS 1956-07-23 Last use of steam, in regular service, on the Boston & Maine.
NHRS 1959-07-23 Last use of steam, in regular service*, on the Union Pacific. (*ALCo 4-8-4 #844 is the only Class 1 steam locomotive never retired from active service).
NHRS 1963-07-23 Last run of The 400 on the Chicago & North Western.
NYCRR 1966-07-23 In a combination publicity stunt and test of how track functions under high speeds, a New York Central jet powered Rail Diesel Car hits 183.85 mph near Stryker, OH.
NHRS 1966-07-23 New York Central's experimental high-speed rail car posts a US record speed of 183.85 MPH* on a long straightaway between Butler, Indiana and Stryker, Ohio. The M-497 is a former Budd RDC car fitted with two jet engines. NYC president Alfred E. Perlman rides in the 'co-pilot's seat'. *This record is still unbroken.
ColinCRP 1975-07-23 Canadian National reroutes the Kngston subdivision between mile 172.32 and mile 173.37 in Kingston, eliminating a sharp curve through the old station.

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Here is the deal. IF somebody wants me to make figures, they have to be SPECIFIC. If you dance around the subject and hint you want hookers,or anything else, then please say it. I cannot work with the abstract. I am a 49, a free thinker , a heathen, and live in Europe. As long as the figures I make do not break most of the generally accepted laws of the US and Europe, it wont bother me. If it offends, people for moral, political,or religious reasons, too bad. Suck it up. I will pull the art card and wave it in your face.


     Lookers all decked out? A fisherman? That tells me NOTHING.


     Let me break it down. Do you want figures for your layout, or just me making figures that I take pictures of and people make comments on? I can do both and really don't mind doing both, but I  have no time right now to invest in other peoples fantasies, I am not out to make money but I do need to break even.


    Action. If you want me to make a figure, doing something, again  be specific. "A girl dancing" , for example, could mean break dancing, square dancing, waltzing, or swinging on a pole. " a man motor-boating "could mean a guy out on a lake ,or something else very different. Please do not waste OUR time and energy on making something that you do not want.

     Era. People dress very different in 1925 than they do today. " Kelley, make me some wise guys on the street." Well in 1925 they would be guys in fedoras and carrying tommyguns.1940s a bunch of dudes in zoot suits. 1950s greasers in leather jackets and jeans, 1960s some dirty hippies, 1970s, dudes with big fros and long zebra stripped coats, 80s punks, 90s, grunge, today,I dunno perhaps a self portrait, but you get the idea?

     Specific region or nationality. I've been everywhere and nowhere. I live Europe, and left the US when I was 21. I can find a lot a stuff on the internet, but if someone wants me to make the train crew of Indian National Railways circa 1933,  please help me to help you. Some pictures and references would be nice. I am a tiny bit colorblind, and there are slight color shifts when you are scaling down.  If I use the wrong shade of khaki for the shorts that the Raj's punka-wallah wore in 1933, I am sorry.

     I cannot make EVERYTHING. I modify Preiser and other companies 1/200-1/220 figures. I do the best I can. A lot of people can do better but even more do worse. I am not fishing for complements, I am stating facts, and know my limitations. Using the materials I have, I can usually find a figure doing whatever it is you want them tho do. 

     I will work things out. I am broke and so are most people I know. I definitely can work out a trade. I cannot charge you for the work I do by the hour, piece ect. You could not afford it. I enjoy doing these things and look on them as a challenge. I have invested a LOT of money on paints, brushes ect. 10/O brushes aren't cheap, and can only be used for so long. That big rattlecan of dullcote might cost you 3 bucks at the LHS, but all I can find is a tiny 10 ml can of stuff imported from Japan that costs me over 10 bucks. here.

     If you ask me what I want for whatever, from now on I will tell you. If you want 1 or 2 figures, I might not want anything at all. When it starts to be,"Oh and make me one of these, and some of those", and it becomes 5 or 6 specific figures, then yea, I would like something for them. 

     "But I can get these from XYZ cheaper and more of them and better ones". Well, get them from XYZ.I'm not stopping you. If you want 7 foot tall shiny globs with paint thrown on from Red China, then go for it. There is one other person I know that makes figures, and she is really nice and also lives in Germany. If you think hers are nicer, better,cheaper, then by all means buy them. I will even give you her business addy if you ask me. I am NOT trying to compete with her.  That said, however, those of you that have taken pictures of MY work , and then you asked her to copy the same figures, well I have put a nasty curse on you and karma will slap you silly someday. Its been done twice already. Another reason why I shouldn't display pictures of figures I have done just for "funsies". I am not blaming her, I have my own reasons to think a third party was involved.

 

 

 

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