Here's a photo of another recent collaborative process - Mark, a longtime friend and fellow operator and modeler who casts models of truck cabs out of resin, has built and supplied a Conrail knuckle-boom truck for the maintenance-of-way fleet on the Onondaga Cutoff, in exchange for airbrush-weathering services on some of the cars in his fleet. Here the Car Department works on a bad-order hopper car, set off at Onondaga Yard:
We figured out a rough estimate for each service, and are simply trading services, each of us doing for the other what would take an entire learning process. All I will do to this model is to add window glass and a painted interior. While scratchbuilding trucks for the whole layout would be enjoyable, on a large layout there are tradeoffs to be made. The time spent learning to produce a model like this was instead spend weathering models for Mark, plus weathering track and installing signal system components. It's a win-win for us both.
Relying on collaboration - a 'little help from my friends' - is the only way a large layout like this will approach a finished state in any reasonable amount of time, and along the way, we're having a great time!
Do you know if your friend Mark would be interested in selling one of those GMC Boom trucks? I would love to have one on our layout. Jas...ReplyDelete