Trial and error.....

  • I am getting close to the end of my first kit bash and I must say that it has been an adventure. Being that it was a kit and being familiar with building model cars in the past I thought that this would be fairly straightforward. Boy, was I wrong. The thing about model railroading, at least for me, is that I want to get it a little more detailed than just putting a kit together and having a shiny building sitting on the layout. As I have looked at numerous other's builds, I have admired the realism that is portrayed in each. Some I must admit is unbelievable being so lifelike as to make you look for minutes on end to try and take in all the details involved. While I have tried to achieve a path toward this goal I know I am a ways from it. Still, for my first build, I am fairly happy with it. I know that all the other super detailed builds come from many hours of expereince achieved in like manner as myself.........trial and error. Others plan, replan, and plan again along with numerous measurements to get it just right. As I redid my steps on my front porch because my first attempt I felt was not to scale nor all that realistic, I also decided I wanted more action than just a loading dock for my trucks. Who cared if I was 75% through with the building? Thus began the cutting out a door into the back of the warehouse and framing it in while using the piece cut out along with basswood for framing to create a back door onto a new dock to unload box cars. One thing I have learned is patience, to not rush it, and to work at it little by little to achieve the final results. Same goes with the piling bridge I am scratch building. While I have the framing pretty much cut out I decided to go back and instead of taking a shortcut and just use flex track on top of the wooden ties, after a discussion with Karl on the prototypical looks and how he does his, I decided to meet halway by cutting the rails and "plates" and gluing them on the wooden ties, thus making it look closer to prototype. Yes, it is still a shortcut compared to Karl with his rail, styrene "plates and homemade spikes out of staples which result in totally realistic railbeds. Still, so far, I like the look of where mine is headed. With these two builds I am learning one thing. You don't know until you try. In trying different ways you learn what works, and what works better. While I don't know that I will ever be able to achieve the results of some of you out there I am still enjoying the attempt. I appreciate all the sharing of your thoughts, your ideas, your builds, and the photos to look at and drool over. Still, as my first building comes close to a close, I have found that I will much more enjoy building than just buying premade things. That while it may have pieces that look a certain way, I shouldn't be afraid to cut and alter it to resemble something more in line with what I want. I have two more buildings sitting here to build, one more on the way, and my plans to scratchbuild my lumber mill in the near future. This fall/winter is looking up with the thoughts of all the building I can be doing while shut inside. Trial and error? So what? In the end, the results justify the means.

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