Is N Scale on FIRE or WHAT!!

mtaylor May 31, 2000

  1. mtaylor

    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Just a quick and little note to state, WOW [​IMG] The N scale forum is over 2K now. Compare that to the HO forum. I know we have talked about it before, but.... Could this be a sign that N-scale is taking over HO in popularity? I am a convert from HO to N (with a few years gap in between). How many of you are converts to N scale from any of those OTHER scales [​IMG]?

    Matt
     
  2. Justin May

    Justin May TrainBoard Member

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    Well all I can say is that I used to think N scale was for the birds, and then it hit me. More railroad,longer trains, and better running modern diesels-boy was I missing the boat. I just converted from HO a few weeks ago and have already expanded my roster(all NS)to 5 units, 2 SD40-2s, 2 SD60s, and a lone C30-7. Now comes the fun part ROLLING STOCK- all the E&C Johnstowns I can afford! I have found alot of this hobby is centered on attention to detail , and thought for most of my 15 years of modeling that HO was the only scale where you could actually see them, but manufacuters like Sunrise and Detail Associates, have helped convince me otherwise. All I can say is that I am glad I switched, now all I have to do is find a home for all of my HO stock- both scales- nah , not the SD35s on their way. Well thats my 2000 pesós worth and I'd just like to say I am glad to be aboard with the rest of y'all and for the Spanish speaking crowd "¿Es la escala de Ñ en fuego o que?"- I know its late, but gotta model some time. Justin May [​IMG]
     
  3. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    It certainly is great to see the N scale forum reach 2K. An N scaler myself I love the hobby and would never model any other scale. The only down side i suppose is walking into a hobby shop and seeing rows of HO locomotives and minimal N scale on the shelf ( usually left over limited run stock) Oh well the price you pay for modelling the best scale lol.
    I am just wondering that is N scale the superior scale or are we N scale modellers more vocal? lol

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  4. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I started accumulating N-scale items about one year ago. My HO scale layout has been almost ignored since. HO has been my scale since I started in the hobby, but improved locomotive quality as well as the longer trains and scenery possibilities afforded by N-scale made me decide to start an N-scale empire.

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  6. Maxwell Plant

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    WOOF! WOOF WOOF! WOOF! What's that Lassie? WOOF! WOOF WOOF WOOF WOOF W-WOOF! You say that HO is taking a nose dive and N-Scale is the New Big Dog? WOOF! Yes, that's what I though you said... [​IMG]

    Former HO modeler for 24 Years. Woke up and saw the light in 1992, went to N-Scale and never looked back.

    WOOF!

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  7. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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  8. BC Rail King

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    I honestly never see N as the scale that will take over. I do, however have a guess as to why this forum is exploding. N scale is new and exciting. In HO scale all they can say is "look, the 1 millionth varient of the SD40 has come out", and well that just gets dull! Also, HO is so developed there isn't really any fresh ground for them to walk on! N scale still has so much to gain, and we are gaining it, but at a good pace, and with us gaining we, of course, have alot more to talk about!

    But, to condridict with my earlier comment, I could see may be a 40% off people going to N!

    Happy Railroading

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  9. Grantha

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    There's no doubt about it N Scale is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I've been in N for about twenty years now.

    The future of N scale is lookin so bright I gotta wear shades!! [​IMG]
     
  10. Maxwell Plant

    Maxwell Plant TrainBoard Member

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Alan:
    [​IMG] Are you feeling all right, Brent? [​IMG]

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    Lack of sleep...WOOF, WOOF! Well, Call the Fire Brigade! This site is burning up!



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  11. espee2

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    I'm not a convert, but I have noticed, even in the other forums, that N scale prevails here. I can't believe how far it's come in just the last few years. Life Like© locomotives used to be a joke, now, their paint jobs are the best, and the little switcher is awesome. (too bad they don't improve their wheel flanges)

    Home: www.tunnel13.com
    layout: SP's Newberg Branch in N scale

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  12. Inkaneer

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    If you want to lower the flanges you can do it with a drill and a file. Keep checking depth with a NMRA gauge. Or you might want to look at this site below. The lower flanges on Atlas and Kato locomotives to run on code 40 rail and they might do LifeLike. Any way you can call. Web site is located at:
    http://www.wic.netncode40/loco.html

    Another thought have you experimented with other wheelsets like Atlas? Maybe they will fit.
     
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  14. BC Rail King

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    I converted!

    If you go to this other Train Builders site you will notice that HO is on fire. Strange world eh!

    Happy Railroading!

    Dane N.

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  15. Hi Again, June 3rd,2000.

    I got into N Scale 30 Yrs ago. We
    didn't have much then MiniTrix. M.R.C.
    R.R. Atlas, Lima, Con Cor. Times sure
    have changed over the Years, Like the
    Last 10 Years!. I say give it Another 3 yrs
    and we will SEE a LOT MORE CHANGES to
    go with it. Sound Far Fetched. Hardly.
    Its fine to Squawk because Atlas came
    out with a Train Master etc. but I say give
    it time and we'll see a lot more then
    just Trainmasters, SD 40 Snoots or what
    ever. We have a long way to go to get
    caught up with our HO Associates and We've
    Only Just Begun. Right?

    grandtrunkent@RRmail.com

    Thanks Guys.




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  16. BC Rail King

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    Wasn't Atals around then?

    I guess not!, lol, I sure wasn't!

    Happy Railroading!

    Dane N.

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  17. JohnC

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    I've always modelled in N, since about 1968! My Grandpa gave me a Aurora/Revell "Postage Stamp" train set (really Minitrix).

    I agree with Andrew. The growth of N-scale has just begun...

    I think there are couple of reasons for this. One, people don't have the space to model the way the used to. I know I don't. I have to cram a basement's worth of railroading into my bedroom! Also, computer-controlled CNC tooling, and laser cutting has allowed for tighter controls and tooling capabilities that no one was capable of before, thus, the even more highly-detailed injection-molded components than before.

    Let's hope the flames continue to roar!
    John
     
  18. mtaylor

    mtaylor Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The reason I converted (with a great deal of fear at first) was the amount of railroading offered by N. I had quite a bit of my HO equipment still in good shape from my former HO layout. When I decided to get back in model railroading I almost chichened out and stayed with HO. The Internet helped with this problem. I was able to research modern N scale in terms of availabily, pricing and how well new n scale ran. I decided to setup a small oval using good old Atlas snap track and I bought myself a Kato SD45 (the one I just killed, read the DCC forum). WOW! I was amazed at how well it ran. I then bought a 1977 2-8-8-2. Wow how crappy it ran compared to the Kato. I have made some tweaks on the Mallet and it now runs pretty smooth and pulls pretty well. But still no where close to the Kato. I now have the Nscale / Model Railroading fever in a BIG WAY. I can not stop thinking about it [​IMG]. When I used to see craft meets I used to think oh joy, a bunch of weeds and stuff made into art (yawn). Now I think, I wonder if they have anyting I can use on my upcoming layout? ya know, grass, trees, tools etc. I now even look at buildings and roads and bridges and sidewalks and ....well the world differntly...I think....I wonder how I could model that. Yep, N scale rules and I have N Scale Fever!!

    Matt
     
  19. BC Rail King

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    I was looking through the old posts, and rememvered this one, and found it. Today, when I came to Train Board, I went to "View all active Discussion forums", loaded the list, and wow! look how much of it was N scale stuff, almost half the list! Now it isn't a compitiion, but still, look at it! There was so much stuff, I couldn't believe it! Not only that, today has been a relitivly slow day for N scale, and there could be more traffic. Terrific, this is a great site for every one in the best of all scales, N.

    Happy Railroading!!

    Dane N.

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  20. Robin Matthysen

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    We are a very vocal group which often happens when a group has to work hard to survive. We believe in the reasons we are Nrs such as longer trains, more railroad in a smaller space, massive scenery to make railroading more realistic and others. We have to be ready to do more because even with improvement, there is such a shortage and lack of availability compared to our HO buddies [​IMG]
    It sure got me going with scratchbuilding which I never did in my HO days years ago.
    The sharing of info and tips comes about more so when there are hardships, not to say this doesn't happen in HO but a visit to any hobby store shows about 4 times more HO goods compared to N so HO guys have less reason to beef, discuss, or share. I am sure we will see changes in the future. I know when I see how much great steam stuff there is in HO compared to N that, on occasion, I may have a very small element of doubt as to why I am such an Nr but am determined to ride it through as by now, I have quite an investment in N.
    See what I mean about us being ready to talk about ourselves.

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    [This message has been edited by Robin Matthysen (edited 26 June 2000).]
     

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