The New Penn Central

Now with crunchy marshmallow bits! I am not a model railroader. I don’t even know what an F7 is. But I am the proud owner of some antique toy trains of exceptionally high quality that have been put away in air-conditioned storage for fifty years (sorta air-conditioned). So right now I’m exploring the right side
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I’m currently in the middle of trying to clean off several decades of acccumulated psychological grime by focusing on an entirely different hobby. Cliff diving. Uh, I mean MODEL RAILROADING. It’s TOTALLY different. You see that, right? I found this very cool locomotive “shell” for a few bucks on eBay. It has all its horns
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Here’s a link to a site that provides some really good information about the weird and wonderful world of N scale railroad models from the late sixties/early seventies (i.e. the Hippie Era). All About Aurora Postage Stamp Trains David K. Smith (the owner of the above site) is my kind of guy. He’s a genius
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Right now, I’m re-evaluating the whole idea of having a “hobby.” Hobbies in America are a pain in the ass since The Internet came and pooped in my punchbowl. There was a time when I flipped from one “hobby” to another “hobby” with no regard for nuthin’. I just sucked and blew and floated with
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The current pandemic reminds me very much of an earlier crisis. No, not the war (any of them) or the depression (any of them) or the AIDS crisis or anything like those things…at all. I’m talking about the one “crisis” that really does resemble this one, and I’m wondering if it will turn out the
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THIS GUY is reporting that Testors is quitting the “Model Master” business after years of being abused by fat old men on Hyperscale. So… in a future where gangs of roving scavengers assault women with impunity and don’t keep their impunities clean or anything, I will have to make-do with some other paint. Now, I
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I once knew a fellow who really liked the cookies called “E.L. Fudge” from the Keebler Company, which is apparently run by eleves. My friend would explain that not only were these cookies tasty, they “looked like little dudes!” When I read about somebody in a forum who complains of “losing his mojo” I am
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Sitting around in isolation can cause 1) insanity 2) a deep and profound insight into the nature of life. I’m voting “TWO.” I am gradually realizing that Western Civilization, in the form of plastic scale model kit building–as it is now, in its current form–is for the birds. I have no chicken in this race.
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The old Scale Modeler Magazine was my lifeline. At the age of 14, I would have considered suicide if I’d had a phone smart enough to suggest it. As it was, with the only phone we had being a rotary dial, wire-in-the-wall product of Western Electric made for Bell Telephone with an IQ of zero–I
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Revell USA has been gone for a while, but not so long that I can’t stage an impromptu funerary service for an American institution. One of the greatest things we ever did, as a nation, was Revell, and it was, as is the case so often in these matters, the work of one man, who
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