Semi-retired Kiwi checking in

ihmsakiwi Dec 5, 2022

  1. ihmsakiwi

    ihmsakiwi TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm 69 in less than a weeks time and have decided N guage is going tp be my retirement hobby along with model motorcycles / aircraft making and motorcycling.
    I haven't had trains since my youth but find myself being dragged in to them when i think about the looming retirement days ahead.

    I have bought a couple of KATO packs, M2 and V3 as a starting point and will ask Santa for more track / turnouts for Christmas.

    looking to do a smallish L-shaped shelf layout . Black or White River Junction is currently spinning my wheels.

    Plenty of reading to do before doing anything too permanent.
     
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  2. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to Trainboard, sounds like a plan :)
     
  3. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard ihmsakiwi!!!!! You are in for a fun adventure.
     
  4. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Hi ihmsakiwi, welcome. Glad to have you aboard. I also am in N-Gauge. The biggest help for aging eyes is a workbench light with a magnifying lens.

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  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard! Glad to know that you will be studying up before diving in. Doing so will save you from frustrations, wasting time and save you money. Our archives are full of topics with ideas, suggestions and creations. If you don't see what you wish to find, don't hesitate to ask the members to input!
     
  6. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to TrainBoard.
     
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  7. Pfunk

    Pfunk TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to TB, and happy birthday!
     
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  8. fitz

    fitz TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome aboard, ihmsakiwi. Your statement about modeling got my attention. I spent 33 years working in flight test at Lockheed Aircraft on such great machines as the F-104, SR-71, U-2, F-117 and L-1011.
     
  9. ihmsakiwi

    ihmsakiwi TrainBoard Member

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    Agh, the SR71. My older brothers favorite plane.
    I have simpler tastes and the F4U Corsair is my favourite. Our father was RNZAF up till hre died so we grew up around planes albeit nothing to cutting edge. We hope to do the Reno races before we croak.
     
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  10. ihmsakiwi

    ihmsakiwi TrainBoard Member

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    I'll try to keep the questions to a minimum and try to search before asking. I know the "newbie" mentality can drive some senior members to drink as a simple search can usually turn up answers. A bit like when someone asks " what oil is best in my bike".
    This causes blood pressures to rise on the BMW motorcycle forum i frequent.
     
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  11. ihmsakiwi

    ihmsakiwi TrainBoard Member

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    LOL, I already have one of these. Usually for when I'm on hands & knees looking for small tiny part that has shot across the room and is somewhere the carpet pile.
     
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  12. fitz

    fitz TrainBoard Member

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    I hope you can get to the Reno air races, I used to go every year until I got old. Have hundreds of photos. It's a great show.
     
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  13. kevsmith

    kevsmith TrainBoard Member

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    welcome. We are all happy to help a newcomer if we can and with our worldwide membership we have a lot, and I mean A LOT, of knowledge between us

    Kev
     
  14. ihmsakiwi

    ihmsakiwi TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks for thwe warm welcome.

    Just buying more Kato track at this stage and have two sheets of foam board inbound.
     
  15. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    Any locomotives purchased yet? You going with DC or DCC?
     
  16. ihmsakiwi

    ihmsakiwi TrainBoard Member

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    Not really. I picked up a small used Tomix shunter just to use to check the rails but nothing as yet.

    That will be on the cards after I get track laid and scenery mainly done.
     
  17. ihmsakiwi

    ihmsakiwi TrainBoard Member

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    DC or DCC...............

    That is a question I am mulling over. Probably DCC cause I just know if I wire for DC i'll probably regret not doing DCC.
     
  18. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    Since you are brand new to the hobby? You are right. DCC, although more expensive is awesome. And since you are actually planning a small layout and not just putting it up for the holidays only! Of course it's always the person's choice as they know their budget and what they want.

    Best of luck to you. Keep us informed! And when you feel comfortable and have enough to share, start your own thread! Which could be now as you are gathering items and making plans. Up to you.
     
  19. fitz

    fitz TrainBoard Member

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    Typical of what I brought home from the Reno Air races each year.
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