Welcome to the wonderful world of model trains and planes.
As a kid, I bought plastic models of planes, cars, and
trucks and had loads of fun putting them together.
I was given the proverbial Lionel train set when we
moved to Downsview in 1952. I bought my first HO scale
diesel engine when I was 16 from Avenue Road Hobbies
in Toronto, ON. I still have this engine and the original
Back in the 1980's when Jennie & I bought our first
house in Richmond, BC there wasn't enough room for
a layout but I did have room for a workshop. Well, I
guess there was enough room for a small layout, but
even way back then, I wanted a BIG layout. So instead,
I busied myself for years making models of Canadian
Pacific and CP Rail diesel engines that you couldn't buy back then - they just were not available. I started with an inexpensive kit, added details specific to CP, custom painted and decalled the engines. I ended up with about 40 diesels and one 4-8-8-4 Big Boy steam locomotive.
I sold most of my train items before we left Maple Ridge in 2008. When we bought the house in Nova Scotia, I became interested in On30 - O scale but narrow gauge. When we knew we were returning to BC, I sold all my On30 stuff to a couple of local modellers. The foray into On30 was very enjoyable for a scratchbuilder like me.
I tried my hand at OO - you'll know it as Hornby, but I just couldn't wrap my head around the UK way of operating. So I sold all that stuff as well.
While living in Nova Scotia, I had the opportunity to put together some models of the Avro Arrow and chase planes and ground equipment. All of these models were for a fellow in Ontario who had an Arrow "shrine" at his place of business. It was challenging but a lot of fun putting the models together. For example, the 1/48th scale Arrow came with 3 superdetail kits for, if I remember correctly, the cockpit (there were 17 pieces for each seat belt), engine intake and exhaust, and landing gear.
Below are links to some of the above as well as to train shows I have attended and model railroads I have operated.
I hope you enjoy.
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