Most Challenging Aspect of the Hobby

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by GMRCNut868, Mar 10, 2004.

  1. GMRCNut868

    GMRCNut868 New Member

    I just thought it might be interesting to see what everyone finds as the most challenging aspect of the hobby we love; and if anyone has any tips to help out. For me personally, electronics and scenery are the two most challenging aspects of the hobby. What about you?
  2. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    To me, the biggest challenge has been to come up with a satisfying track plan. Many times I thought I had it reasonably well designed but after building it, found it lacking. I am now into my seventh attempt and hope it will deliver what I expect.
  3. jkristia

    jkristia Member

    how many are we allowed to have?

    For me, in no particular order:

    Realistic detailed scenery.
    Building, rolling stock details.
    details detail details.
  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I used to be 1-2-3-4, but lately Ive been 2-1-3-4 :D :D :D

    I find #4 is not so bad once you find a technique.

    #1 and #2 can be the result of poor management, and lack of #1 causes lack of #2, and lack of #2 causes lack of #1. The 1:1 world is very complex!!!!

    #3 is the result of lack of #1 and/or overmanagement by the regulating agency(ies), i.e. wife(ves).

    I also struggle with figuring out what's appopriate for an era, and manufacturers seem to be afraid to list a date range. I'm no rivet counter, but I don't want it to look outright silly.
  6. Papa Bear

    Papa Bear Member

    Robin, I can definitely agree. Since I have a lot of interests, just narrowing down what I want to do and coming up with a decent track plan is tough to do. I've built layouts up through the scenery and torn them back down again because they just didn't work out right. My wife keeps wanting me to FINISH one instead of tearing them down and starting over. The one I'm working on is in its third scenic treatment and track plan. Hey, it's a hobby!

  7. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    well, my #1 would be money.

    #2 would be painting skills. I can handle rough stuff, but the detail work gets me.

    Everything else I have under control.

    I am at the stage where I think I have a good track plan and am narrowing down what structures and landscaping will be on the layout (N Scale).

    If you want to check out the track plan,

    any advice would be a help
  8. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Resurrecting what others only see as junk>>> <<< I probably love model trains more than I do real ones. They're remarkable example of micro-engineering, especially the older stuff. While I enjoy seeing the latest offerings from Kato, Spectrum and Broadway Limited, there's nothing quite like the smell and the racket of older diecast and tin squeeking around the layout. My 4-8-8-2 Cab-forward, once a $25 basketcase, now hums around the club layout sporting a Back EMF decoder and superbright LEDs, all the while utilizing the original 30 year old 3 pole motor and drive train. I also love to see how little I can spend on what I own---not cheap, frugal---. I see too many guys at the club holding out for the latest high tech and high detail offerings and accomplishing little if anything else in the hobby.
  9. Drew Toner

    Drew Toner Member


    For me it is a lack of space. As many of you have seen, my little one switch layout has gotten a bit 'repetative'!!!!!!

    But hey, in the meantime, I've been scratch building freight cars and other rolling stock along with a few structures. (wait till you see the new Ash Creek sawmill I've been working on!!)

    So, all though I can't build a layout, I'm enjoying waiting for the space, to do it;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

  10. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    If you mean by 'Challenge' the greatest problem we have, then for me it's clearly TIME. At the moment I have quite a stress with exams in our school and additionally medical problems with my wife's parents. Both keeps me out of my basement - in the last month I couldn't invest more than a few hours for my hobby! :( :( :(

    But if you mean by 'Challenge' that part of the hobby where we would like to achieve really good results, then it's landscaping, detailing and weathering structures and rolling stock. Since I still have to build roadbed and lay track I'm also a bit 'off the line' at the moment. :( :( :(

    However, I'm staying optimistic - exams will be finished and then the scene will brighten up to take up the challenge of landscaping! :) :) :)

  11. belg

    belg Member

    I would have to say it would be thinking three dimensionally, I'm in the process of redoing a track plan for the fourth time because of it and am still not that happy with it.
  12. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    1-Time *Just got a Motorcycle*
    2-Bravery *Don't think I've got the skills to do it*
    3-Money *See #1*
    4-Memory *Forget to work on stuff (Neighbors get cranky with
    sawing at 2am)*

    Yup, That sums it.
  13. billk

    billk Active Member

    1. Space
    2. Time
    3. Money
    They're all sort of related, and can all be classified as fitting the hobby in with the rest of my life (and others). I look on challenges more specific to MRRing, like scenery, electrical, etc., as being advantages of being in the hobby.
  14. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Greatest challenge...............picking a project that doesn't require a lifetime of research, and the need to scratchbuild 90% of it!
    Really! Who else would contemplate building an outside frame, 3' gauge, compound articulated N scale!:eek: :confused: :D :D :D
  15. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member


    Oh, hi there, didn't see you!

    Yeah, I've just been working on
    changing over some couplers on a couple
    of older cars and locos:D :D :D :D
  16. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I like building scenery and buildings and find the biggest challange is deciding what to build and what not to build or do. There is so much I would like to build, but time and space have to be a limiting factor. I want to build a beach scene with a 30 story luxury hotel, but a pesky roof is in the way. I want to build a working grist mill, factories, houses, steel mills, etc., not by assembling kits, I want to scratch build them all. I myself am not an operator and am happy to watch a 50 car train circle my layout over and over. I do it for the art and variety. Get tired of one thing, I do another for a while. FRED
  17. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member


    I just can't figure it out, I watch and read all the stuff on here about it but I just can't get it. :curse: :oops: :oops:
  18. rksstl

    rksstl Member

    Ballasting, drives me nuts. I never think it looks right, I'll post some pics as i get started and get some feed back. Hey Freddie notice your from MO, ever been to Magic Dragon cars show at the lake?
  19. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    For me it was wiring..So I got smart and used Atlas Controller with selectors..:thumb: :D You see any wiring challenged person can wire a Atlas controller and selectors-one wire to each block-KISS at it best..Shoot,I had to get help wiring my DCC layout(bus,feeder and walk around plugs) except the engine terminal area where I used selectors for my blocks.
  20. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Mine is space. I've now filled the layout with trains -- every track in every station is full -- and I still have boxes of them in the crawl space.
    The next biggest is scenery. I'm not artistic and I can't picture some of the situations that I've built into the layout. (John Allen used to divert himself by trying to devise expainable scenery for crowded track plans.)

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