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Craig H
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Posted - 02/16/2012 :  4:43:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At this point in time.....spending very little as i have to much now that im doing nothing with [:-crazy]
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Posted - 02/16/2012 :  6:02:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting topic, guys...

I used to keep very accurate records of how much I spent when I was building my last (final, I mean) HO scale layout. Everything (except electricity and my own man-hours) was included, and after five years, I had a very tattered, A4 book, with subtotals at the foot of each page.

One wet afternoon, when the house was quiet, I decided on an impulse, to tot it all up. Out came the calculator, pencil, paper, receipts, and after about an hour, I had arrived at.... AU$12,545-15...[:-banghead]

I almost had to spend a week in the isolation ward in a straight jacket[:-censored][:-weepn]

So far then, on my current On30 venture, I am retaining the receipts, but I will not be going to the folly of totting it all up again![:-sick]



Time is the Gauge of Existence
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New Hire

2 Posts

Posted - 05/28/2012 :  4:38:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Being an anal-compulsive-twit, I log in all my expenses each month on everything: dogs, sailing, garden, food, Wally world, trainstuff, books, restaurants, etc. I'm retired, have no outstanding debts, all 3 guys are long out of college and grad school, no mortgage, sailboat sold May 2012, no car or truck payments. Credit cards are paid off each month. I don't smoke or drink anymore; so I'm saving zillions a month. I like to build stuff and will never finish all my stash, a small habit. And I don't golf or own a horse.
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Engine Wiper

243 Posts

Posted - 05/28/2012 :  5:50:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A few years ago when the economy was good I didnít care what I spent on the hobby. It was a nice relief from all the long hours. Well, Iím still employed and working long hours but now Iím only making a fraction of what I used to. Subsequently I need to watch my budget very closely. My living space was also reduced by 75% so I thought Iíd give up on On3 for HOn3. But after spending about $500 on one Blackstone locomotive with sound and four cars Iím starting to rethink my plan. Yes, itís amazing stuff but at $60+ per car it might be a little too nice. Sure I can build kits but I figure they will be nearly $30-$40 per car once I add the B.S. trucks and Sergent couplers. Still not bad but it does add up. One more factor might sound strange to most but Iím sure some will understand it. I wondering if the D&RGW is ďnarrow gaugeyĒ enough for me. Iím thinking something more like the SPNG for little desert mining railroad is more my speed.

All this has me reconsidering my decision to leave On3 for the smaller scale. Iím starting to think Iíd be better off modifying a nice Bachmann On30 2-6-0 and turning it into an On3 beauty. Hand laid track and scratch build cars and structures would be a great way to save money as well. Iím basically starting from scratch so Iím going to budget $100 (which includes magazine purchases) for my modeling. That should be enough to keep me going. It seems like a good idea to develop a plan to go along with the budget so Iím going to come up with a list of freight cars and a structure or two which will be completed over the next six months. If I like my progress then Iíll keep going. If not, time for a new plan.

Travis in Tempe

Travis Handschug
Gilbert, Arizona
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Brian K.Woolven
Crew Chief

United Kingdom
580 Posts

Posted - 05/29/2012 :  04:33:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Brian K.Woolven's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Travis, I agree. Sometimes trading down in scale can make spending worse!
Having gone up from N to HO, I found the opposite. I don't spend so much.
Having said that, I'm trying to restrict myself to a more specific era / timescale. Keeps you more focused rather than when I was in N and buying anything remotely possible, and trying to make up long trains too.


Deadwood City Railroad.
Its my railroad and I'll do what I want.
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MudHen 462
New Hire

41 Posts

Posted - 07/29/2012 :  5:01:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With our economy in the dumper, I fear I have picked the wrong time to jump from Ho to HOn3 (Blackstone Models). That being said, so far I have sold off a lot of my previous HO motive power & rolling stock to help ease the pain. All in all, however, I'm still satisfied that I have made the switch to narrow gauge, as it is really bringing a lot more "life" back into my modeling. I just need to sell off the rest of my HO gear, so I can finish up my wish list and once that's done, my annual expendatures will be modest hopefully.

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