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Old 08-10-2011, 12:15 AM   #11
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If you have a hobby shop nearby ask if they do train shows. Most do if they have trains. Also see if the they have the listing of train shows by the Patch King. The list has a spring and fall edition.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:40 PM   #12
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Hey TJ. Ive seen vids from the shows on youtube and i would love to go to one but im the only one thats really into trains in my family. I wanna get my little sister into doing em with me but she shows no interest yet. My parents currently dont have the time or money to take me to one. I keep hoping and praying that they will work their way towards Bangor. I live in the Bangor area and the closest hobby shop is in Elsworth, a good 45 minute to an hour drive away. Hopefully once I get started someone else will start to see the fun and apreciate the hobby for what it is. But for now Im on my own. I have also condidered going with N scale as it would be a wiser choice space and moneywise. Can anyone give me some tips on ways to weather locos and cars in a fairly cheap and easy way? I would like to eventually make the trains look real by adding dirt and maybe grafitti. What are some websites for begginers that would help?
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:11 AM   #13
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Well N scale is not cheaper then HO and is in fact more expensive and not as vast a variety as HO. So all you get is a space bonus, There are many ways to achive a wash effect. First is to put a wash type coat which is ussually a white and gray paint mix diluted with water or thinner depending on the paint type to dull the overall car. Then you can use weathering powders ($15) to do some nice realistic particle and color details. If you have the money you can buy an airbrush and then a compressor or air cans for it. This technique gives a very, very neat and realistic effect if one learns how to master the art of weathering with an airbrush. Now me, myself am okay with grafiti and find some of the grafiti to be neat looking (like a santa painted on a boxcar or something like that) That DOES NOT mean I say that it is a good thing and that I would recomend people to do it in real life. It is mearly the fact that it is their and their is nothing I can do about ti so I enjoy the ones that are nice while I wait at the crossing. Jsut about everyone on here will scold you for even thinking of putting grafiti on your models but they are your models so don't give into peer pressure and do what you want to with them. You can ussually get grafiti decals at a train or hobby store which gives you a wide range to choose from.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:03 AM   #14
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For weathering powders you don't necessarily need to buy the ones sold at hobby shops. Scrape dust off of just about any pastel/chalk and you can use it to weather things. Just make sure to put a quick coat of flat clearcoat over your work when you're done to lock it onto the model.

N scale is definitely not cheaper than HO.

I won't scold you for putting graffiti on your cars. It's an unfortunate reality that things get defaced in this world. Maybe have a small scene where some kids are doing the graffiti and the cops catch them in the act.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:16 AM   #15
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I do plan on weathering my rolling stock and loco's. I've yet to see a shiney new piece of rolling stock ever being pulled by a loco sparkling in the sun.
They all seem to have fading paint, dirt and grime in varying degrees.

As for graffiti, unfortunately it's a fact of life. There's a yard right beside Rt 95 at the Providence/Pawtucket line. Must be 100+ cars there. You'd be hard pressed to find 10 without any graffiti, if you could find that many!
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:46 PM   #16
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I would pick up a new issue of Model Railroader. They have major listings of trainshows. They seem much bigger and more often up North. Down South, few and far between!I say get a Athearn RTR engine, some Athearn cars maybe, some Atlas truetrack or Bachmann's EZ-Track. Maybe Bachmann silver line cars.Thats a good way to start.
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:56 PM   #17
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Okay, so here's one more suggestion...and by the way, welcome to the forum! There are two kinds of train stores, most often abbreviated here as LHS's, or Local Hobby Shops. There are stores that sell everything from model trains to RC cars and planes, doll houses, art supplies....you get the idea. Then, there are the true train stores with 2 or three old geezers running the place, two shooting the breeze with customers and the third peering through a magnifier as he works on repairing a broken unit. That's the kind of shop you need to locate. Go in and ask if they have some used stuff: the geezer shops in my town always have a few pieces they took in trade or bought to resell or use for parts. Find one of those shops and you have a fair chance of getting both the steam and diesel for about the price of a single new unit. Old guys like us like to see new people come into the hobby and will go out of our way to help with good advice, repairs and so on. Just a thought to chew on.



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Old 08-12-2011, 10:21 PM   #18
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Then, there are the true train stores with 2 or three old geezers running the place, two shooting the breeze with customers and the third peering through a magnifier as he works on repairing a broken unit. That's the kind of shop you need to locate. Go in and ask if they have some used stuff: the geezer shops in my town always have a few pieces they took in trade or bought to resell or use for parts. Find one of those shops and you have a fair chance of getting both the steam and diesel for about the price of a single new unit. Old guys like us like to see new people come into the hobby and will go out of our way to help with good advice, repairs and so on. Just a thought to chew on.
You are so right. These types of hobby shops are by far the best.

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Old 08-14-2011, 11:16 PM   #19
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MidMaineRailsMMR, here's my advice, and I've been active a few more years, two guages (O and HO) in model railroading, and a year older; every modeler needs three things:

3) every modeler needs passenger and freight op's
2) every modeler needs a descent steam locomotive to be proud of (I suggest an older one, like TYCO/Mantua or AHM or AHM Rivarossi)

and the most important thing or all... No.1) Every Modeler needs to DECIDE what he or she wants to model, no mater what!

I agree with Shaygetz, on the Steam vs. Diesel bit though! Steam, will ALWAYS be KING! Start with a 4'x8' layout board with a 3' to 4'x18" fiddler yard board hooked up to it, and you'll be fine. Start simple like this and build up. Search Craigslist, go to shows, and have some blissful fun, build up your fleet and be the tycoon of "your pike." Carpe Deim... seize the day!

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Old 09-03-2013, 12:43 PM   #20
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I would say, save up and buy both. It's nice to have the option of running steam/diesel, and to have a back up if one breaks.
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