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About thibaultron

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  • Birthday 04/11/1955

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    Warrenville, SC
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    Ship, plane, and train modeling, history, science.

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  1. In model railroading we have a saying. "There is a prototype for everything!" We also have a saying, "Never put a window in a chimney!" A couple weeks ago I posted this picture, on my Railroad Forum: When I was a teenager, I passed this house everyday going to school, and just looked it back up on GOOGLE Maps. Having said that, you also have to consider your viewer. Sometimes making a model realistic, can also make it look odd, or unfinished. In the end, however, it is up to you, what you want in your model.
  2. Look on the ME site. They have a practicum for the Phantom, under the documents section of that kit.
  3. Splurged on toys. Bought three sets of detailed tender trucks for my Santa Fe locos. I'm converting an old Mantua/Tyco 2-8-2, and a newer Athearn Genesis 2-8-2 to SF standoff scale ones. involves replacing the cabs, and tenders, as well as smaller details. I'm using old MDC cabs and oil tender bodies, the new 6 wheel trucks, and 3D printing new tender frames. The frames are based on the Mantua metal frames, shortened and with the bolsters respaced. I also ordered a Cricut Explore digital cutting machine. One of the type used for scrapbooking. It can cut basswood sheet up to about 3/64th inch. I'll use it for ship frames and parts, as well as for HO structures. I have about 75 "Clever Models" photo realistic structure kit/files, that I'll print on card and cut out with the machine. I won a contest they ran on naming a new line of kits, and got all the download files for 75% off. I have more than enough for most of the buildings on my layout.
  4. Nice work! Looks like a fine delicate spider web.
  5. BTW. I have the HMS Alert kit from the same manuf. The smaller 1/96th scale, non laser kit.
  6. The only thing about the kit, is I would reca0end not applying the copper tape. A US/Colonial ship of that period, was unlikely to be coppered. The British were just starting to copper their warships about this time (1780). Coppering was very expensive, and experimental at this stage. A private builder was unlikely to be using it. I will be following this build. I love the Baltimore Clipper type ships!
  7. It will likely be Mon. before I can start. Have to work the next 3 days.
  8. I'll read through the whole thing in the next few days.
  9. What a wonderful resource! Thanks for your effort!
  10. Years ago I had an old Jeep CJ, with diamond plate running boards. In the morning I would arrive early at work, and drive around looking for just such drivers. There was not an inch of the side of that Jeep they could damage, and I delighted in parking inches from their doors! Once I got a bonus and found two of them parked over the line, with a space between them. Just enough for me to pull in, with an inch to spare on each side! I climbed out the window, onto the hood, and down the bumper, couldn't even get that narrow door open. I was in heaven!
  11. Here in Augusta, GA, USA, they had an interactive museum, Fort Discovery. It lasted about 10 years. I went once. It was setup for elementary school level students. Even then at its height, about a 1/4 of the displays were broken, kids are rough on stuff.
  12. I was in the grocery store a few years back, with 3 or 4 items in my cart. As I approached the "Express 15 items or less" aisle a lady with an overflowing cart ran into line in front of me! Had to wait while she checked out, then she wanted cigarettes and and the cashier had to go to the returns aisle to get them. After all that she then proceeded to take the cart to the front of the store, and call for her ride, on the phone!!! All told it took about 20 minutes. No, the other lines were full of people with loaded carts, so couldn't go to another line.
  13. My thoughts on the paint/no paint options. If you were building a plastic model of, say a model "T", or a ship, would you leave it the raw plastic color, or would you paint it? I would leave the wood parts with a clear coat, and paint the other parts the correct historical colors.