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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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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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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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 upset about one of my usual beefs–s’mores. I know, for a fact, that this “old fashioned treat” was, pretty much, invented by the Hershey chocolate company in the 1980’s, and promoted by them (like crazy) as a way to sell chocolate bars. I’m really tired of reading about how “everybody grew up
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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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