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My first scratch built car, built about 1958-9 when I was 15 was inspired by John Allan - a couple of inches of the rear end of a passenger car mounted on a flat car with a deck full of "junk". Weathered, of course. No prototype, of course. I still have it. John's work inspired me off the plywood, away from the plastic, into a search for plans and photos, and into experiment. I have always thought of his efforts as novel and transformative, not only for me but for the hobby in general.
On Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 11:23 AM, 'Eric Neubauer' eaneubauer@...
As a humorous aside, my first scratch built car as
a teenager was a hopper car made entirely out of balsa wood. It was so
light, it wouldn't roll any distance at all on its Lindberg trucks, but it
did better with a full load. I doubt if it lasted for long and probably
looked hideous. Those were the days of blissful ignorance, but at least it was a
step down the path.
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Sent: Monday, June 09, 2014 11:11
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re: Influences
At a time when we were not spoiled by availability and existence of
model railroad rolling stock,locomotives,structures,bridges,track etc. as we
are today,a man named John Allen showed us that these items could be built
inspiring modelers to higher standards .They may not have all been proto
typically accurate but neither is a lot of RTR stuff today which we have to
modify depending on how much of a stickler we are about prototype accuracy.
He was a major influence in modeling methods and skills,he gave me
the inspiration to start hand-laying track due to cost and appearance of
commercial track available,also kit and scratch building.