newbie help

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by michi_skip, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

    I'm helping a friend put together a train for her six year old son--
    I am trying to put together a bachmann plus locomotive maintenance building and the plastic pieces came out of the box bent--is there any way to straigten them out?
  2. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member

    Use a hair dryer to soften the plastic with hot air, and carefully bend it back into shape.

    Be patient and be real careful.

    Good luck.
  3. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

    Thank You. This is getting way more complicated than it started...
  4. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    michi: It always does. (Get more complicated)
  5. Amrap1

    Amrap1 Member


    Heat with a blow drier and put the piece between 2 heavy objects. Books work well.

  6. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Ahhhh...'fore you know it, you'll be shopping for a Bar Mills kit:thumb: Welcome to The Gauge:wave:
  7. fsm1000

    fsm1000 Member

    Hello and welcome.
    Watch out, it looks like the modeling bug might be biting you :D:D:D:D
  8. YmeBP

    YmeBP Member

    So a month ago we had a couple triansets we'd been given and etc that i was going to setup and run around or xmas.. nothing fancy just assemble them like the directions in the box.

    Well.. that was a month ago now i have about 75 linear feet of track layed on foam w/ turnouts and the likes, that i built a bed for in the concrete in my basement crawlspace, i've installed lights wiring i even bought a "grandstand" so visitors can watch :). :D

    My kids run around the house going "choo choo choo choo" all day, the little one is especially hooked. I even caught my wife downstairs running the trains one day :) she said it helped her think ... hahahaa
  9. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

    So we have the building finally built, I ended up using some wood slats to help support it--I think it was a mistake to let my friends foster son to help build it--I guess he never built a model before-or has an aversion to following directions--5 pieces broke before it was all over. The track has been put together and taken apart about 8 times and still we have not come up with a final decision. It is not intended to be complete with all the scenery by Christmas but would like it to be on a covered base and not to destructable. We built the bench on two seperate supports so the table can be lifted off for moving-- there are 8 legs on a 4 x 8 table. I am trying to figure out how to lower the picture quality. I also have 2 dollhouses being built at the same time and going back and forth with scale from ho to dollhouse is getting ridiculous. Oh yeah and these are not my kids or grandkids, my kids are to old to appreciate the effort and grandkids are to young.
  10. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Welcome to The Gauge!

    Nice that you are helping a friend out :thumb:

    For information on how to post pictures here, follow the link in my signature.

  11. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    I don't know whether to say "congratulations" or offer my condolences on your new hobby. Sounds like the family is well involved, as is desirable. Remember, , have fun and save enough money for the house payment.
  12. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member


    Going to try for pictures of layout before it changes, again.

    The first one is the preformed tunnel that needed to be lifted up.

    the second is before the tunnel but that part hasn't changed.

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  13. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

    Well the second was the wrong picture the track has changed--we added flex track going into the turntable and a maintenance building for the engines. Moved the inside oval to allow for the lift under the tunnel and changed the area at the right to allow for a passenger depot. But other than that---
  14. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

    correct picture

    This is the corrected second picture-sorry.

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  15. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I thinkyou are going to need to move that tunnel a little bit. It looks like there will be some clearance issues to the inside of the tunnel opening
  16. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

    You would be right!! We are in the process of changing out the black risers with styrofoam "rocks" to lead into the tunnel--
  17. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

    I guess I should have said that the foster son I'm complaining about is now 21 and been in the military for 3 years and in our lives for about 6 years.
    I should have asked for help when I first found the guage instead of getting in to trouble and then asking. You can bet that when I start working on my own train I'll ask first and then maybe not get into trouble.
  18. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member


    Hers's how it's shaping up.

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  19. YmeBP

    YmeBP Member

    R2!!! :) haha you have the same taste in scenery as i do :). We are going to have giant godzilla nd star wars figures around our layout :). hahaha Looks great!!
  20. michi_skip

    michi_skip New Member

    More pictures

    Almost done--not because there is not a thousand other things we could think of to do, but Christmas is around the corner. Here us what we did this weekend.

    The dragon's lair is inhabited by a dragon that belonged to my husband but JT claimed about 3 years ago. I knew he'd finally give in at give it to him.

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