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How About This? A WorldWide Modeling Society that encompasses more than one Hobby

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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
How About This? A WorldWide Modeling Society that encompasses more than one Hobby
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, July 19, 2021 10:43 AM

I have been thinking;

    I know that's dangerous! But, really, Think about it. We have the I.P.M.S. sure. But what about the other Hobbyists that have skills that overlap ours? Have you ever given that any thought? There's Wood Carvers groups that some members make Fire equipment and Farm Equipment in say 1/24 that must be, according to their rules made of 100% wood. That takes some skills.

     Imagine building a 1/24 or 1/25 Antique Auto or Boat using the same stuff. Many of the older cars had Wooden frames, you know! Boats, of course. Now there were many Boats built out of wood. Not many are done in those smaller scales though. Yes, smaller than 1/96 but why not? The procedure is the same Just smaller, and if it is a Power-Boat you can use any engine from the old Model T up to Modern from plastic kits.. I couldn't find an Aurora -Wheeler Cruiser I could Afford-So I did the hull and cabins out of wood and put Plastic sheet interior Appointments in it as well as two Chevy Car engines modified for marine service. I had built the original out of the kit in 1967. I didn't know then that it was a one year only kit. Why? Well, it was done so well.

       Usually short runs, even from the majors, weren't that good. I needed some Diesel engines for a 1/25 project.That's when I came across some Wood Carvers at the R.V. park we stayed in one winter. They not only taught me how to carve life sized Hummingbirds, But, they also taught me how to Carve Engines and Mechanical stuff too!

       I wanted to put P.E. on a 1/200 Arizona for myself. Didn't have the Money for the P.E.Kits( there's more than one required) One of the hobbyists taught me how to solder better and make the brass parts myself out of fine brass wire and rod. Yes, even the little rails! He had been doing it on Brass and Wood models for years!

       We have Car and Armor builders who use a lot of after market stuff. Why? They feel they cannot build the parts themselves. I had one Fellow, and his Wife, teach me how to set up a Dremel powered home made lathe to turn parts for Cars and Planes! The same couple taught me how to create Drive wheels and Working suspensions for 1/35 scale Armor out of Clock parts!. But even they said to do your own Tracks would be too much of a job, Buy aftermarket!

      Now I have, during my proffessional career built Aircraft radials in all sizes from both Sheet Plastic and Brass up to sheet Lexan and Resin. Some even life sized! Another friend taught me how to make miniature Tiffany lamps in 1/25 in glass pieces from a bottle full of teensy shards of colored glass!

         The thought is simple. Why Not a general Hobbyist( Miniatures) Society that can Teach , or can ask someone in a simple E-Mail say, How do you do this? Even have a Society Publication like the Nautical Research Guild does? Our Fine Scale Modeler tries to cover a lot. But, just suppose miniaturiste got together to share more than what these fine folks can. We would have an almost World-Wide network to pick and choose from. PLUS, we would still have the fine Library of Kalmbach to go to for closer articles on these things we already know.

     Model railroaders are many times Multi-Media Builders, What with Metal and Wood Rail Cars to Wood, Plastic and Resin Buildings. Thay also solder a LOT of fine stuff. So why not be able to go to our Society's publication for specifics not normally covered by just Model Rail or Plastic Model books! I believe it would also give those who have supported us with their individual Publications a boost in sales, You know," Well, what does Fine Scale have on that,for instance?

      Plus as a society engendering all MINIATURE crafts we would certainly have a large Roster of fellow Members to call on for training and information to supplement our Fine Scale and Model rail mags. What would you think.  Good idea or Bad one?

  

     

 

  • Member since
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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, July 19, 2021 12:32 PM

While a decent idea, would be a monster to get a print version up and running.  An online version might be viable, with pages for all of these venues of miniatures.

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Posted by Ken B. on Monday, July 19, 2021 1:20 PM

Like the "Ale and Quail Society" in Palm Beach Story

Pick a card, any card ...

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 2:46 AM

A great idea TB. Like everyone else, I have often been asked variations of the question, 'why do you build these things'? Usually referred to as toys or such. My answer.... I like things in minature. Trains, ships, furniture, buildings, engines... Dosen't matter. I like things in minature. Right now I'm trying to find someone who can teach me to solder. Skills are skills and there is so much crossover.

I long to live in a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 10:23 AM

Hi Dodgy;

     Soldering isn't that hard. Soldering well is! It all has to do with -One- the iron you use, Two, the tip you use and,the solder you use. There's silver content solder. There's 60-40 solder and so on. Then there's the  ability to have the right heat .This is usually handled by most plug in irons.

     Handling the pieces being soldered is the trick. That and not heating an area you have previously done. Using Heat Sinks properly etc. I am sure you know or have an idea what a heat sink is'?  there many types available and most are simple metal clips you put on either side of where your soldering so as not to transfer the heat to previously done work. They do as described. As the heat travels the material it spreads the heat out to the sinks allowing the other piece to remain cool enough to stay soldered. 

     See there's a lot to learn, yet doing it is a lot simpler than having it explained. This is what got me to thinking about this. When I build I sometimes go way off track in creating a certain effect on the model. For instance. Using " N" scale Molded Plastic Perforated Commercial overhead walkways and models of Older style Perforated roofwalks from trains to be Walkways on ships. And using packaging( If I Can) for aircraft Canopies. And the list goes on. 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 10:23 AM

Hi KenB:

 kind of!

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 10:27 AM

GoldHammer;

          Hi, You hit the nail on the head. Online would almost be perfect. trouble is, the on line meeting sites can be quirky.I discovered this when I okayed our secretary and Museum Mgr. To use Zoom For our meetings, during COVID. Sometimes in taking hand and voice votes for the board it was a disaster. Teaching a group or individual would suffer if the site failed in the middle of a step even momentarily.

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 3:28 PM

The Nautical Research Guild in Wisconsin is a great a great national ship modeling group that does both plastic and wood, and also historical research on ships.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 3:35 PM

Yep, we run into the same things with our advisory council zoom meetings.  Video and audio bandwidth can be a problem too with clarity.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, August 2, 2021 11:28 AM

OR!

     We have some members( not to healthy) that fall asleep during the meeting. It's hard to get a vote out of a ceiling or floor, which is what we wind up seeing!

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 9:15 AM

That would be nice .  .  . too bad I can't even find local builders when I need to.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 9:25 AM

Well See! 

        That's what Got me to thinking about this. We have a Strong Model Railroad and Stained Glass Hobby level concentration here in New Braunfels,Tx. I don't know anyone who builds Model ships, Cars, Trucks, Armor or Planes in the area. It would be nice to sit at IHOP in the morning (like the old men do) and talk models and problems with same . Not happening!

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