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Title: Big Bang Theory
Post by: WTierce1 on September 29, 2011, 08:17:04 PM
If anyone out there has seen the T.V. show "The Big Bang Theory" you probably know that Sheldon like trains and on the season premier Sheldon bought  a train set and it was the "Rail King" set. I was thinking WOW. I thought that it was ironic that he bought a Bachmann train set. Just wanted to share.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: BestSnowman on September 29, 2011, 08:53:01 PM
Was that on the season premier or tonight's episode (I haven't watched tonights episode yet so don't post any spoilers :))

I don't remember any trains on last weeks episode.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: Michigan Railfan on September 29, 2011, 09:16:28 PM
Was that on the season premier or tonight's episode (I haven't watched tonights episode yet so don't post any spoilers :))

I don't remember any trains on last weeks episode.

I dont remember any on last weeks episode either. I haven't watched tonight's either. Interesting that it was a Rail King set too  :)


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: the Bach-man on September 29, 2011, 11:11:29 PM
Dear All,
It was on tonight.
Set, at least, looked great!
Have fun!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: Johnson Bar Jeff on September 30, 2011, 11:46:10 AM
Set, at least, looked great!

Yes, it did, though I couldn't help but notice that once again, model railroad hobbyists were made the butt of jokes. Apparently the people who write this stuff consider us an easy target. I'd also be willing to bet that they've never picked up an issue of Model Railroader or another hobby publication that featured photos of some of the truly amazingly detailed models and layouts that have been created by some of the true artists in the hobby.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: jonathan on September 30, 2011, 11:58:26 AM
Remember, this is a sitcom... everything and everybody will be the subject for amusement. 

Instead of trains, insert stamp collecting or any other enthusiast's activity.

My wife was laughing to her core, especially the dire need to get to a train show!  I can see the humor in it. ;D

Regards,

Jonathan


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: Doneldon on September 30, 2011, 04:10:04 PM
J-J:

Don't take it personally. The writers are just trying to make a living. And besides, which would you rather be, a brilliant model railroader or a mouth breathing Joe-full-case-at-a-time slobbering on himself while he watches pornography on his VHS?
                                                                                                                                           -- D


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: rogertra on September 30, 2011, 08:42:19 PM
Sadly, there ARE people out there who dress up in engineer's hats and wear vests plastered in badges and actually do this in public, as you can see at many a model railroad exhibition and at line side festooned in camera gear.  No wonder we are the butt of (deserved) jokes.  My wife has strict instructions to shoot me should I EVER dress up and look like your quintessential foamer.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: railsider on September 30, 2011, 08:48:44 PM
Didn't somebody famous once say that any publicity is good publicity?

The program doesn't depict model railroaders as homicidal maniacs, or even trainicidal crashers.  If you are too busy to laugh at yourself, brother, you are TOO BUSY. Chill out, as the children say.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: BestSnowman on September 30, 2011, 09:36:56 PM
I thought it was pretty funny, I thought the exchange between Howard and Bernadette really summed it up... it's easy to laugh at someone else's hobby but it's a little bit different when you have a hobby someone else could laugh at.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: NarrowMinded on September 30, 2011, 09:51:51 PM
To each their own,
I fault nobody for their enthusiasm, all hobbies have their lefts and rights, I Build 4X4's into Rock Crawlers, there's always the over the top guy with a $100,000.00 dollar rig that has a paint job like a Circus Wagon and then on the otherside is the budget Wheeler with a rattlecan paint job,  every one makes jokes about one or the other, the point is everybody is having fun and that's what counts.

When I run across someone with an overly dim view of Model rail roaders I always tell about Rod Stewarts Layout and tell them to google it.

NM-Jeff


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: Johnson Bar Jeff on September 30, 2011, 11:58:12 PM
J-J:

Don't take it personally.

What makes you think I did? Just because I commented on it? Maybe you don't care about the public image of your hobby. ...  8)

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And besides, which would you rather be, a brilliant model railroader or a mouth breathing Joe-full-case-at-a-time slobbering on himself while he watches pornography on his VHS?
                                                                                                                                           -- D


Well, I have no idea where that came from, but you realize, of course, that's it's possible for someone to be both?  ;)  ;D

Didn't somebody famous once say that any publicity is good publicity?

Rest assured, that thought crossed my mind. So did the phrase "product placement" when I saw what Sheldon had in the bag.  ;D

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If you are too busy to laugh at yourself, brother, you are TOO BUSY. Chill out, as the children say.

Good advice is always welcome. ...  ::)


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: ScottyB on October 01, 2011, 12:09:12 AM
I think the Big Bang Theory is the best show on TV, and I hoped Sheldon would eventually have a layout.  He always has a few O scale trains on the dresser in his bedroom as well.

Don't take the criticism personally - I just feel they aren't making fun of me, they are making fun of "those guys" at train shows.  If you don't know who I'm talking about, you are one of "those guys."  :)

My wife laughed her butt off during that episode and kept looking over at me - it summed me up perfectly as a rubber gauger, without giving away the one-liners...  :)

Scott


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: rogertra on October 01, 2011, 02:58:04 AM

When I run across someone with an overly dim view of Model rail roaders I always tell about Rod Stewarts Layout and tell them to google it.

NM-Jeff

Not impressed with that either.  Too Disneyesque for my tastes.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: WTierce1 on October 01, 2011, 07:44:42 AM
I also think we get the Butt of jokes. I get tired of that at school. I also build robots in out robotics club at school and people make fun of that too. I guess that is something that we will just have to get used to. I did manage to get one of my friends to liking trains and that is something funny. If anyone knows about the user "Sly," he is the one. Anyway, I guess we will have to get used to butt jokes. Ha Ha  ;D


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: CNE Runner on October 01, 2011, 11:01:11 AM
I thought the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory was hilarious! My wife spent just about the entire show pointing at me. One benefit of involving model railroading is that of increased exposure from the show. The scene where Sheldon put an N-scale locomotive(?) in his mouth was great...I know several people in Washington, D.C. who could do the same thing with G-scale. [Behave Ray].

Ray


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: BestSnowman on October 01, 2011, 11:04:51 AM
I thought the latest episode of The Big Bang Theory was hilarious! My wife spent just about the entire show pointing at me. One benefit of involving model railroading is that of increased exposure from the show. The scene where Sheldon put an N-scale locomotive(?) in his mouth was great...I know several people in Washington, D.C. who could do the same thing with G-scale. [Behave Ray].

Ray

My wife was the same :) Being the physicist I almosted expected him to go way beyond N-scale in to microscopic trains


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: Michigan Railfan on October 01, 2011, 06:13:52 PM
I just watched the episode. I found it pretty entertaining (like all other episodes of the show). The train jokes were a little harsh, but I still found them pretty entertaining. The N scale part was funny. I had never known the exact size of them until Sheldon put one in his mouth... Also, if I'm not mistaken, there were train jokes in Two and a Half Men, when Herb had an HO scale layout, and he was as well dressed in a engineers uniform. Charlie and Alan, if I remember correctly, made fun of him for it.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: WTierce1 on October 02, 2011, 09:00:28 AM
Also, if I'm not mistaken, there were train jokes in Two and a Half Men, when Herb had an HO scale layout, and he was as well dressed in a engineers uniform. Charlie and Alan, if I remember correctly, made fun of him for it.

That's not a suprise.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: ScottyB on October 02, 2011, 02:12:32 PM
Also, if I'm not mistaken, there were train jokes in Two and a Half Men, when Herb had an HO scale layout, and he was as well dressed in a engineers uniform. Charlie and Alan, if I remember correctly, made fun of him for it.

Same producer for both shows (Chuck Lorre).  I wonder if he is a closet train nut?


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: WTierce1 on October 02, 2011, 02:44:36 PM
Also, if I'm not mistaken, there were train jokes in Two and a Half Men, when Herb had an HO scale layout, and he was as well dressed in a engineers uniform. Charlie and Alan, if I remember correctly, made fun of him for it.

Same producer for both shows (Chuck Lorre).  I wonder if he is a closet train nut?

LOL


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: NarrowMinded on October 02, 2011, 02:51:52 PM
rogertra,
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Not impressed with that either.  Too Disneyesque for my tastes.

Really? give me a break...  ???

Please post some pictures of your layout so I can criticize it, so as to give myself a sense of superiority in my own mind. ::)


NM-Jeff


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: rogertra on October 03, 2011, 02:22:27 AM
rogertra,
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Not impressed with that either.  Too Disneyesque for my tastes.

Really? give me a break...  ???

Please post some pictures of your layout so I can criticize it, so as to give myself a sense of superiority in my own mind. ::)


NM-Jeff

Nobody was being superior.  It's all a matter of taste. I'm just not into the Disneyesque look favoured by the Allen's G&D, Sellios and his F&SM and anything by Malcolm Furlow, et al.  That doesn't make me superior.  It just means I don't like what to me is an unrealistic and Disney look

As for posting photos of my work, I've done that numerous times on this forum and, if you were paying attention, you'd see links in my sig.  I welcome constructive criticism as it keeps me on my toes.  So feel free to nit pick away.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: Ken G Price on October 03, 2011, 05:26:56 PM
Roger, You have a really nice layout and I see that you like the rural, country look.
Though mine is a much more modern era that is the look I am working towards.

Some modelers like the big city look and some don't. The hobby gives a lot of leeway in taste. :)


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: rogertra on October 03, 2011, 05:58:14 PM
Roger, You have a really nice layout and I see that you like the rural, country look.
Though mine is a much more modern era that is the look I am working towards.

Some modelers like the big city look and some don't. The hobby gives a lot of leeway in taste. :)

Thanks Ken.  Most appreciated.  However, you used the wrong tense.  It should be "You had a really..."  The GER in the photos was scrapped around March/April 2010.  However, I'm slowly working on the new basement room that is being finished for the new GER and hopefully construction of the new railway will start very shortly.  Just need the electrician to connect the circuits to the breaker panel and then finish the drywall on one ten foot wall.

I agree, there's a lot of leeway in this hobby and there's no "right" way of enjoying it.  From tail chaser on a plain piece of plywood to the most detailed and accurate reproduction of an actual location possible, all are "right" if the owner gets full enjoyment from whatever they've created.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: NarrowMinded on October 03, 2011, 06:07:47 PM
its your choice of words that lead to my comment, big city scenes are not my thing either, but to not be "impressed"with that layout is another thing.

Nm-jeff


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: rogertra on October 04, 2011, 12:38:51 AM
its your choice of words that lead to my comment, big city scenes are not my thing either, but to not be "impressed"with that layout is another thing.

Nm-jeff

Why should I be impressed?  To me, Rod's model railway it looks like a Disney set.  After all, his admitted major infuence was Sellios and his F&SM.  While the actual modelling may be good, impressive evean, as was Allen's G&D, Sellios and his F&SM and anything by Malcolm Furlow.  All very good modeling showing great skill.  I don't take that away from them but over all realistism?  Nope.  And just because it's large, like some of these pay per view layouts, doesn't impress me either.  Realism impresses me, no matter the size of the model railway.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: NarrowMinded on October 04, 2011, 10:09:28 PM
First I don't care at this point if you are impressed. You seem to have some strange hate for Disney.
 
The reason I mentioned Rods Layout is because to any reasonable person, (Especially Non-modellers) it is Impressive and I mention it to them to throw a wrench into their stereo typing minds.

At first glance and even second and third glance Most people do not believe His layout is in fact a layout, unlike a lot of run of the mill diorama looking layouts which use the sprinkle and pray detailing technique used by school children and could never be mistaken for real.

NM-Jeff



Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: rogertra on October 05, 2011, 03:06:01 AM
First I don't care at this point if you are impressed. You seem to have some strange hate for Disney.
 
NM-Jeff



At what point did I say I didn't like Disney?  Disney is one of the best at what they do.  Seems that you missed the point, again.

I was comparing the model work of Rod and the others to Disney and saying that their modelling style is like a Disney set.  Not realistic!

Like those massive Pay Per View layouts that you see around the world.  Large, trains running everywhere but not realsistic.

How much simplier must I write this?


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: Yardmaster on October 05, 2011, 09:54:42 AM
Please play nice.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: richg on October 05, 2011, 11:16:46 AM
Please play nice.

By definition, Time out. Go kneel in the corner.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: slack on October 05, 2011, 11:40:08 AM
As for my favorite model railroad reference goes to the show Trailer Park Boys in season 7 Bubbles get into railroading and goes to a train show in Mane. If you can find this show WATCH IT. There is no funnier show that the US could ever put out. GO Canada.
By the way I live in IN,USA


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: richg on October 05, 2011, 12:02:40 PM
As for my favorite model railroad reference goes to the show Trailer Park Boys in season 7 Bubbles get into railroading and goes to a train show in Mane. If you can find this show WATCH IT. There is no funnier show that the US could ever put out. GO Canada.
By the way I live in IN,USA

Where is Mane?


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: rogertra on October 05, 2011, 01:57:38 PM
As for my favorite model railroad reference goes to the show Trailer Park Boys in season 7 Bubbles get into railroading and goes to a train show in Mane. If you can find this show WATCH IT. There is no funnier show that the US could ever put out. GO Canada.
By the way I live in IN,USA

Where is Mane?

On the back of a horse's neck?   ;)


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: NarrowMinded on October 05, 2011, 05:19:25 PM
:) I am playing nice! and I will gladly admit that after following some links here, Roger is clearly more of an expert on unrealistic layouts then I.

NM-Jeff


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: rogertra on October 05, 2011, 05:33:12 PM
:) I am playing nice! and I will gladly admit that after following some links here, Roger is clearly more of an expert on unrealistic layouts then I.

NM-Jeff

Can we see some of your work Jeff?

I'm not afraid to post mine.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: NarrowMinded on October 05, 2011, 06:36:58 PM
Geesh I say your an expert and then get some kind of challenge???

I post my crappy work here all the time.

We are way off  topic and further interaction is pointless, I'm done have a nice day.
NM-Jeff


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: rogertra on October 05, 2011, 07:12:15 PM
Geesh I say your an expert and then get some kind of challenge???

I post my crappy work here all the time.

We are way off  topic and further interaction is pointless, I'm done have a nice day.
NM-Jeff

Expert?  Me?  No way.  Challenge?  From me?

May I remind you of your earlier post: -
"Please post some pictures of your layout so I can criticize it, so as to give myself a sense of superiority in my own mind"

I think it was you who issued the challenge.  I have not made any other statement except that I do not like the unrealistic Disney approach to scenery.  A purely personal feeling that is in no way critical of anything.  It seems it's you that's taken offence to what is a purely personal opinion.

Anyway, as you say, this is gone on far too long and much as I like a battle of wits every now and then, it's no fun when you come up against an unarmed opponent.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: Jerrys HO on October 05, 2011, 08:29:22 PM
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By definition, Time out. Go kneel in the corner.
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rich I believe you forgot the rice.

All layouts are great and they offer a lot of unique ideas that we all may have used at some point. To me it's personal preference. Sometimes I check out the Thomas threads to get ideas and check out some of there layouts although I am not into cartoon trains they are nice to see what people can do with them. Sorry if I offended any Thomas fans.

By the way those are nice pics of the has been GER.

Jerry



Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: NarrowMinded on October 05, 2011, 09:10:18 PM
I'm Just yanking your easily pulled chain Sheldon... Errr I mean ???

I don't get offended by what anonymous people say.

Back to trains now...

NM-Jeff


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: Doneldon on October 05, 2011, 09:34:59 PM
Rich and Roger-

Would you please use colored type for your posts so they will clearly
stand out and make it easier for the rest of us to identify and ignore
them? Thank you.
                              -- Doneldon


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: NarrowMinded on October 06, 2011, 12:56:58 AM
Wouldn't ya know it, I go to take a picture of my layout and Pocahontas shows up to see if she can help this poor old claim jumper get his truck back over the tracks.

NM-Jeff
(http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/NarrowmindedRR/DisneyLOL029.jpg)


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: rogertra on October 06, 2011, 02:01:46 AM
Wouldn't ya know it, I go to take a picture of my layout and Pocahontas shows up to see if she can help this poor old claim jumper get his truck back over the tracks.

NM-Jeff
(http://i792.photobucket.com/albums/yy202/NarrowmindedRR/DisneyLOL029.jpg)

Now that is nice work.


Title: Re: Big Bang Theory
Post by: Jerrys HO on October 06, 2011, 06:23:04 AM
glad to see you two could kiss and make up