Old Dog, etc.

This is going to be a long essay on how being in a rut can play hell with your mental health. I may break it up into several parts– or maybe not. When most of us nerds get to be a certain age we’re committed to whatever oddball hobby we’re committed to. Maybe we like
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Anyone who had “July 11th” as the date I would figure out why my loco was running backwards can collect their money. This is the old, old n-scale locomotive from the old, old Revell trainset that I bought when I took up this utterly different and not-at-all like plastic model kits hobby. Actually, it’s the
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I read somewhere (recently) during this fascinating honeymoon period where I’m learning about toy trains before it all devolves into super micro-rivet counting and macho posturing and becomes “not fun”… that you become a “model railroader” when you pick your toy trains up off the floor. Oh. This isn’t really true (I hope). But… the
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So here we are at the deciding moment. After review, the officials determined that Revell’s jazzy photos were just able to out-do Aurora’s weird TV ad, and so the series is now tied, 2-2. This game. Game seven (really five) will decide which 1968 German toy train imported by a plastic model kit maker will
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With Revell down 2-nil this is a “must win.” Unfortunately, it’s a pretty tough one, considering the shellacking they received in the last meeting, where Revell/Arnold’s lousy track cost them not only a point, but a great bucket-loads of goodwill from my personal stash. The thing is… I have thousands of tons of goodwill when
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So we are moving on to round two in our no-holds-barred ultimate cage match– Revell/Arnold vs. Aurora/Trix for the championship of antique toy trains of the world. I wish I had better news. For Revell lovers. Like me. Because the simple fact is that here in game three of the finals we see a blowout.
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I compared the cars from the fifty-year-old Revell (Arnold) trainset with the cars from the fifty-year-old Aurora (Trix) trainset. At fist glance, they seem very similar indeed. Very similar. But the Revell/ Arnold cars had plenty of frisky lettering and big, bold images. The Aurora/Trix cars, not so much. So I guess Revell gets a
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I have mixed emotions about “reviewing” either of these old trainsets “per se.” Ultimately, I’m not going to judge these things on “what you get” or “money’s worth” or something like that. However— I absolutely need to introduce the players in this drama (or comedy) and explain how I feel about the way these toy
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As I mentioned in a previous post I fell in love, briefly, with n-scale model railroading during the autumn of 1968. That was a year that resembled 2020 in more ways than one. Many people were seriously freaked-out, as we used to say. But the BIG news, to me, was the appearance of a new
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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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