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Title: Hello from Alberta
Post by: WoundedBear on March 20, 2007, 04:50:33 PM
Good Day........

First post jitters and all else aside......allow me to introduce myself.

I am one of those who has recently returned to the HO hobby. I had the bug some 20 years ago as well, but got caught up in the world of automotive replicas for the past bunch of years. I built cars under the name WoundedBear as well, and some of my work can be seen in Detail Master's and Slixx's galleries. I'm in my late 40's, married with a 20 year old son.

Our family has been in the Tidewater area of Virginia for the past several years and have recently made the move back home to Alberta. With it being blizzard season here for 6 months or more outta the year, I am left with no where to paint. Laquer fumes, and the pilot lights in the furnace and water heater, aren't gonna like each other. A spray booth is impractical and would involve cutting through a brick wall.

So, I did what any reasonably sane maniac would do....I sold the whole lot off and unpacked two crates marked "TRAIN STUFF". Some of this stuff hasn't seen the light of day since 1990....lol.

Anyhow.....I purchased a Bachmann Climax and that led me to these forums. I have been lurking in the background for a few months now, reading and learning. Some of your threads are very helpful and informative. It's nice to see that a Bachmann rep actually reads through all this.

From what I've seen....there seem to be very few "smacktards" on the site. Most of the members seem to genuinely want to assist and enjoy each other's input....and output. (Always like to see pics of latest projects.) I'm not one to sign up on numerous message boards....I like to find a group and call that site"home". I think this may be the place for me.

Glad to be aboard and look forward to the ride.

Sid Deitch


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: SteamGene on March 20, 2007, 05:53:16 PM
You left Tidewater, Virginia for Alberta?  That's where four strong winds blow!  (Or are you old enough to know that song?
Welcome aboard. 
Gene


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: WoundedBear on March 20, 2007, 06:10:25 PM
I'm sure I'm old enough.....just don't recall that tune.....lol.

As for leaving VA for Alberta....well....let's just say that those are the risks of contract jobs and work visas. Alberta may be colder than you know what, but it's still good to be home.

Sid


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: brad on March 20, 2007, 06:33:09 PM
Any true Canuck will know the Ian and Sylvia classic  ;) Greeting from Alberta's greatest resource...Saskatchewan. ::)

brad


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: WoundedBear on March 20, 2007, 09:53:03 PM
Well....mid 60's I was growing up in Yellowknife....our exposure to music and TV was a bit limited at the time. I can recall getting only 4 hours of TV a night. It was taped by CBC then sent north to be broadcast in a few days from CBC's small station up there. What ever was on, was on. And when the 4 hours was up, well, it was off....lol. Could be in the middle of a hockey game and poof....done.

Radio wasn't much better.......50% of CBC's broadcast back then was in Cree or one of the Inuit dialects. I'll bet I was 10 or 11 before I ever heard real "rock'n'roll".

As for Saskatchewan being Alberta's greatest resource.....lol....I always thought Newfoundland was......85% of them are working in Fort McMurray at the oilsands. :D

Sid


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: lanny on March 20, 2007, 10:39:35 PM
Hi WoundedBear,

Welcome to this forum. I agree with you ... it is a place where folks genuinely do want to help whenever possible. I have received lots of great advice since getting back into HO model railroading.

By the way ... did you ever restore a 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400? Just wondering :-) Sure wish I still had mine!

lanny nicolet


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: the Bach-man on March 20, 2007, 11:09:57 PM
Dear Bear,
Welcome aboard! I'm sure you'll soon be blessed by Fr. Fred from Toronto, and seconded by Jim Banner from Saskatoon...
Have fun!
the Bach-man


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: SteamGene on March 21, 2007, 08:03:50 AM
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Four strong winds that blow slowly
Seven seas that run high
All these things that dont change come what may
Now our good times are all gone
And Im bound for moving on
Ill look for you if Im ever back this way

Guess Ill go out to alberta
Weathers good there in the fall
Got some friends that I can go to workin for
Still I wish youd change your mind
If I asked you one more time
But weve been thru that a hundred times or more

Four strong winds that blow lonely
Seven seas that run high
All these things that dont change come what may
Now our good times are all gone
And Im bound for movin on
Ill look for you if Im ever back this way

If I get there before the snow flies
And if things are going good
You could meet me if I send you down the fare
But by then it would be winter
Nothing much for you to do
And the wind sure blows cold way out there

Four strong winds that blow slowly
Seven seas that run high
All these things that dont change come what may
Now our good times are all gone
And Im bound for movin on

Ill look for you if Im ever back this way
Yes, Ill look for you if Im ever back this way

Don't forget Roger!  BTW, Roger, how's that Mountain coming along?
Gene


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: Seasaltchap on March 21, 2007, 01:06:47 PM

Sid :
Hi!

1948-50 I went to school with Camlacie native kids, up the side of Lake Huron. morning breaks were spent up the tallest trees we could find, swinging from side to side. It was a two room school. The Headmaster eloped with the teacher near the end of a term, and the term was cut short. On the way home through the woods, we would pick asparagus for tea, on toast with lashings of butter.

When people talk about lake-effect snow, it is no joke!

Much of our radio was listening short wave.

Regards

Stewart


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: SteamGene on March 21, 2007, 01:08:26 PM
I've heard of herb tea before, but never asparagas!
Gene


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: Hunt on March 21, 2007, 01:30:44 PM
Sid,
Welcome to the forum.

There are only a few Forum Trolls here; since you have been reading for awhile, you likely already recognize who to ignore.



Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: Stephen D. Richards on March 21, 2007, 01:32:29 PM
Hello woundedbear,  good to have you aboard!

Stewart, asparagus tea?  Sounds good.  What part of the plant do you use?        Stephen



Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: Seasaltchap on March 21, 2007, 09:40:01 PM

In 1948, tea after school was a snack or a meal with school friends; and when we enjoyed our train and construction sets together. That October on a visit, we were walking amongst the construction, putting the subway under Yonge St., Toronto.

It is very much a cultural thing to eat various foods "on toast".

The early memories told us by WoundedBear from the wilds of Canada are interesting and shared by others too.


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: Stephen D. Richards on March 22, 2007, 08:18:28 AM
Stewart,  got it.  Sorry but for some reason that completely went over my head.  Thanks for reminding me.  Stephen


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: r.cprmier on March 22, 2007, 04:17:31 PM
Gene;
Gee, I was thinking of that old Fats Domino thing...And to think I was wrong!!...

Sid; Welcome aboard!  A cat called "Curmudgeon" is around here, and is, to my best recollection, a car buff/genius extrodinaire...At least an old "unterzeebooter"...
(50% in Cree or Inuit, huh?  Wow...And I thought Ft. Kent, Maine was rough...)  Three cheers for channel 5 in Halifax, N.S!!

Rich


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: WoundedBear on March 22, 2007, 06:04:17 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome Gents.......I feel at home already.

Gene....ya...I remember that tune now.....unfortunately....lol......it should be right here in my record collection....let's see....Styx, Supertramp, Thin Lizzy, The Tubes, U2, Uriah Heep.....nope.....skipped right over that Tyson one....lmao.

Rich.....I did the car thing for 7 years steady in VA....almost to the point of burn-out....I was getting to be a "rivet-counter" with the builds. I specialized in classic funny cars but built damn near anything automotive. With the train layout I can freelance and play around to my heart's content. This time I'm doing a hobby for FUN.

My crowning achievment, though, with the auto building, was winning the Hobbytown USA Fall 2006 National Model Contest. The link to the Hobby Outlook Magazine website is below.

http://magazine.hobbytown.com/0026.html

It was the gift certificate for the win that bought me my HO Climax.

I have found in my years of model building that.....modelling is modelling....instead of drilling .020" holes and installing injector lines, I'm drilling .020" holes and installing handrails.

My biggest learning curve is going to be the weathering.......it's like starting all over again.....you get so used to the shiny wet look paint jobs that I fiond it hard to even picture a weather job in my head. But, like all modelling skills....practice makes perfect.

I'm still finding interesting threads buried pages back.

Build on!!

Sid


Title: Re: Hello from Alberta
Post by: r.cprmier on March 22, 2007, 08:15:11 PM
Sid;
See the thread on airbrushes here.  I will reiterate for you my take:  There are many books that associate with weathering, but one by John Pryke via Model Railroader/Kalmbach Publications.  John is extremely accomplished and knowledgeable in this field.  Check it out; you won't be sorry.

Rich