The Trouble with having an interesting hobby...
Besides fiddling with my airbrush project, Free.Mo.N module, and Inglenook Sidings mini layout, I also enjoy participating and listening to Model Rail Radio (www.modelrailradio.com). One of the topic that came up during the night was the reluctance, or possibly lack of skills in the current "ready-to-run" model railroaders. I have heard this same sentiment echoed on other podcasts, forums, and even some magazines.
I don't know whether I wholly agree with these views, but I suggested that someone ought to make a video that takes some of the mystery out of maintaining and upgrading current locomotives. Prof. Klyzlyr (one of the regular participants on MRR) opined that I should be making such a video - Challenge accepted! So over the coming weeks I will be testing, disassembling, cleaning, evaluating DCC options, reassembling, and testing again, my current roster of locos. All in front of the camera and making the results public.
Admittedly, I am not a professional, nor even competent model repair tech, but I am willing to give it my best shot. Since I work exclusively in N scale, I will be limited to the models I actually own for fodder for my ministrations. One thing that has always amazed me is that manufacturers do not include basic instructions for maintenance with their models. Oh sure, some include an exploded diagram, but that is about it. I would love to see professionally developed instructional videos on all the basics (NMRA? Athearn? Walthers? el al?). Until then, suffer along with my feeble efforts :)
Here is the first installment in three parts
Comments, questions, hints, tips, suggestions are all welcome! I would invite any of you to make a video, write an article, or develop a clinic on whatever topic peaks your interest or is near and dear to your heart. Share your knowledge, because you never know what will connect with a new modeler and resonate. Maybe if we take some of the mystique out of some of these "dark and scary" areas, more people will be willing to give them a try!
Just a thought,
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