Re: Mini Kit Pattern makers: a kick in the pants

Gatwood, Elden J SAD


You have considerably more talent than I. I do not have steady hands, nor am
I good with handling small parts, like little rivet heads (Yes, I have tried
numerous times). The only things I can scratchbuild are things with large
structural pieces, like welded gondolas. Archer rivets may make it a lot
easier for some things, like adding rivet rows to box cars or such, but it
will still leave many like me unable to do a shaped gondola rib or hopper rib
with rivets. I wish it weren't so, but it is. Thank goodness we have folks
like you who do so many nice kits!

Elden Gatwood

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From: STMFC@... [mailto:STMFC@...] On Behalf Of Bill
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 4:05 PM
To: STMFC@...
Subject: [STMFC] Mini Kit Pattern makers: a kick in the pants

You may be interested to know that some of the patterns for what Martin and
Ted do, both kit wise and mini kits, come from people on this list. I have
done three roofs, and a set of gondola ends for Ted and one full kit for
Martin, along with revamping of two of his other offering to create
additional kits. Now I have promised two things for Al.

I don't say this to brag but as a gentle prod. If you have built some resin
kits, you have a sense of what the patterns need to look like to be cast up.
Athearn undecs supply the rivets. Get going already, this is not rocket

Bill Welch

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