Re: [Shake_N_Take] Re: The S-N-T effort

Schuyler Larrabee

I’d add a couple of thoughts to Greg’s response:

Yes, Clark, it is disappointing sometimes to see how few models return the next year to CCB. I think that some guys get a little distracted with “easier” projects, but in truth, while the SnT projects are sometimes a little challenging, they are, really, very achievable projects. Last year, I had to bring my Viking-roofed CNW car back unpainted but mostly finished, because like I am sure others do, I began the work in mid-October. I began this year’s car in February so it will be done and with that extra time, I’ve pushed my own modeling envelope to do things I’ve never done before. Every year, there’s some aspect of bashing these models that I’ve not done before and every year I find out I can do it. The first time I had to cut the ends off a car, it took me a couple of weeks of thinking about it before I could make myself take Zona saw in hand and DO it. This year, no big deal, I’ve been here before. And I have a couple projects that I want to do because I’ve done a similar SnT and now >know< that what I’m thinking about is feasible, do-able by even me.

You’re right, Clark, the whole purpose was to get guys to build models! and to build models that take some thought and skill and effort to create an accurate model of something you cannot buy.

It’s a lot of fun and there’s a real sense of accomplishment. You don’t really have to be at CCB and in the room to get one of the prepared kits; the parts are available from Greg, at least for a while, and the instructions are on-line from the Shake_n_Take Yahoo list web page. And they are NOT THAT HARD to do.


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Subject: [Shake_N_Take] Re: [STMFC] The S-N-T effort

Clark Propst writes:

"I don’t want to come off harsh here, but shouldn't those car have been built months ago? With that said, mine’s still in the box ; )) But, I’ve had an unusual summer. If I were to come to CCB I'd have the car ready, period.

I participated in a couple of the S-N-T projects early on and was shocked at how few models returned to the display room the next year. Yet guys were scrambling to get into the room. My first thought was that if you didn't bring back a model you couldn't join in again till you did. To me, the whole purpose was to get guys to build models!

Nowadays, with the importers marketing strategy being what it is I can see the difficultly in assembling parts for a project. Maybe the project should be chosen from what’s available rather then what we'd like to have? Why beat your head against the wall?

Either way, it’s noble effort and my hat’s off to those involved.

Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa


True and I wished it was different, the in process cars could come as well. That creates discussion and that creates resolution to problems that might arise.

I am sure many issues cause the log jam like LIFE.

I don't think that any of the projects are too tough but they can be a challenge.

The idea is to create something that is not readily available and in doing so expanding your craftsmanship.

Greg Martin

Eventually all things merge into one and a river runs through it.
Norman Maclean

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