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Sergent Couplers in Sn3


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Nick Gully

Putting Sergent 1:64 Couplers on P-B-L cars

The trick I found to getting a secure Sergent Engineering scale coupler in P-B-L equipment is to add a 2.5mm O.D. styrene sleeve around the coupler screw to secure the coupler and allow a little play. I had to ream out the Evergreen styrene stock a bit to get it to fit, but has a great action now.

of space and time


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Nick Gully

Modeling Long Ago

Advantages:

From 1900-1950 is a Halcyon period of steam engines, a variety of operations, shortlines, narrow gauge, passenger operations.

Disadvantages:

Do you like brown boxcars? Do you hate Helvetica and anything jet set? Do reliable diesels seem too easy to you? Do you like squinting at silver nitrate negatives to try and discern what color to paint something?

Modeling Your Youth

Advantages:

Those good old days when you had plenty of time to watch trains and no money to buy them.

Disadvantages:

Does it give you a concept you can work what you want into? Are you in the demographic that manufacturers are catering too?

Modeling the Present Day

Advantages:

It is what you are appreciating now. You can go take a nice color photograph of it, or better yet, someone else already has and posted it on the internet.

Disadvantages:

Limited switching and shortlines. Most trains 3+ engines and 100+ cars, difficult to model on a modest layout. Really easy to just spend your way into a layout.

Modeling Your Neighborhood

Advantages:

Easy to get materials

Disadvantages:

In your basement is the same as outside.

Modeling Far Away

Advantages:

Tropical port / city? Icy Alaskan tundra? South American mountainside?

Disadvantages:

May look nice, but have limited operation potential, and be harder to get accurate detailing of.

Modeling Idealized

Advantages:

Exactly what you want

Disadvantages:

May be hard to keep coherence when you keep piling things on.

Further adventures in D3.js


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Nick Gully

Early attempts at a tool to show era-specific information to help modelers define a scene. Many times a modeler wants to incorporate elements (era, location, line, equipment) particular to their own tastes. You could narrow down to a month, like Jack Burgess' Yosemite Valley in August, 1939, or pick a whole decade to model. There is no right answer, but many exciting options.

A good Malt is hard to find


food
Nick Gully

chocolate malt

The best part of baseball is the statistics


jokes
Nick Gully

baseball

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