Good day! It just happened to occur to me that I do not know your name! :|
Anyway, I once again thank you for the compliments.
For the locomotive, I bought it about 12 years ago when our daughter (the eldest of our 2 children) was just born. I started building it enthusiastically, but somehow my building came to a stand still for many years. Only when I took our, then 8 years old, son to a small local modelling show, the itch came back and I started modeling again. I first built a plane for our son, but then th locomotive came out of the dust and I started making repairs (some smaller, fragile parts had come off or were broken) and continued assembly. I really can't tell how long it took to build it. It is mostly OOB, on having added slid windows, door handles and other decals. Oh yeah, and I added some real coal. Those colors really can not be replicated by paint. Those decals, were a nightmare, btw. Thick, and split illogical (word are split horizontally!!!). Yet, they look better than the originals. Also they contain the then omni present swastikas. Mind you, I most certainly do not endorse the nazi theories, but if you try to faithfully create a civilian scene from that period, the symbols they used should be included. The railway station itself is a old kit from Custom Dioramics, containing the base, signal tower and main building. The walls were okay, but the interior parts were, erm, not that good. Also the layout is quite illogical. Windows for a 2nd floor, yet no floor present, let alone room for stairs? I really have thought long and hard about this, but saw no other way out as to create a floor without the stairs. Anyway while trying to improve the present parts, I found myself (scratch) building a complete interrior on both buildings.
I also collected a lot of figures over the years, making up scenes as I bought them. As a matter of fact I have the new MiniArt railway figures on order. Usually, when I see a figure, I try to envision what scene they will fit in. So I really plan while going along. I try to create several scenes, both big and small, giving the diorama theat busy look, and with human interest. I recon there will be somewhere between 30 and 40 figures all over the base.
As for the site, I started using it at the same time I picked up modelling. I went to the attic, where my stash is located, with our son and tablet, an while my son read every thing out, I faithfully adde it to the stash manager. I add everything, but paints (use an app for that) and books. I have quite a few physical books and a lot of e-books.
If something is not listed on Scalemates, I will add it myself.
You have an interesting stash too, and I see a couple of similarities between yours and mine.
BTW, our son started modeling too, and so does my wife (civilian (European) old timer cars, like the mini and beetle)
Speak to you later.
19. July at 11:36:36