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    It's not a bad-looking layout, really. More for a "runner" than an "operator," and that's OK too. But the price is a bit steep.
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    I watched the video and it is a well built layout in my opinion. It would be better if he listed all the locos and rolling stock included. This will give people the idea of it's real value. Are all the locos sound equipped? How many? How many rolling stock? Anything additional other than "standard" DCC (block detection, AR loops, etc.)? How many throttles and what types? Etc.

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    He is a custom modeller see:
    https://www.railwaysmodel.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotian_Huntress View Post
    He is a custom modeller see:
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    Huh. His "Where Eagles Dare" is pretty cool - all those German soldiers, tanks, checkpoint, etc. I wonder if he makes his living, I mean 100% of his income, which he actually lives on, from model sales. I further wonder if some folks here could do that (you certainly have the skills).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Pontiac View Post
    I wonder if he makes his living, I mean 100% of his income, which he actually lives on, from model sales. I further wonder if some folks here could do that (you certainly have the skills).

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    I'm sure there are.

    But then it becomes a job.
    At which point it ceases to be a source of enjoyment and an escape from reality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post

    But then it becomes a job.
    At which point it ceases to be a source of enjoyment and an escape from reality.
    Well, I don't know - I always enjoyed my job, got great satisfaction from doing it well and seeing positive end results. In my opinion, one should choose a profession that he/she likes to do. Of course, that presumes the person has taken the time to learn the skills necessary, so some measure of discipline and deferred gratification is necessary, in order to be able to choose the desired career. [insert modern-day social commentary here ]

    So I would say: work = satisfaction, being a productive member of society, providing enough value to earn a living; play or hobby = relaxing, achieving inner joy from craft/art done to one's own gratification (and probably appreciation from one's fellows). Hopefully both being positive for the individual.

    Umm, sorry to wander off into philosophy, I'll go back to my trains now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    I'm sure there are.

    But then it becomes a job.
    At which point it ceases to be a source of enjoyment and an escape from reality.
    Yep. As a person who did this, this is why I no longer do custom model railroading as my main job.
    Yes, it is still model railroading and as such is fun, but having to do it because someone wants you to and not because you want to do it for fun burns you out after a while.
    Having to deal with people and doing it on their time table instead of yours takes a lot of the fun out of it.

    It's a lot more fun to be able to do it when you feel like it.

    (Edit):
    Dave, I agree with your comments. For me model railroading was a way to unwind and relax, and I lost that by turning it into work, and it stressed me out. My other deep love is music, which I teach professionally as my job. Unlike model railroading though, I've always seen music as work, involving many countless hours of practice and learning, but it's fun work that I have a great time working hard at. I had to learn the distinction between work and hobby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Pontiac View Post
    Umm, sorry to wander off into philosophy, I'll go back to my trains now.

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    That would be a good idea because you completely missed my point and chose the soapbox instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    OK, let me blunt then. He is one who knows how to price gouge and prays on folks who have no clue.
    But what I was truly referring to was he called these KATO E8's, they are not...... they are old Concor/Atlas E7's.
    And it looks like someone already bought them.
    My apologies. I didn't notice the locos pictured. I've trained myself to not look closely but to just pass by this seller's items on the multiple places they advertise/sell on. And not to drift off into another direction, didn't Kato(as well as others) make the mechs for these. And weren't the shells made by Rivarossi as well? Been long enough ago I forget and I'm not that motivated to do a little history lesson this morning. I should be doing some modeling and making coffee. Not necessarily in that order.

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    Yeah KATO made the motors for a lot of early ConCor locos.
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    "Western Adobe Style Building" - Assuming seller means "Western" Jerusalem... and adobe = stone/stucco
    "Lighted Very Authentic Looking Nice Display Piece" - if you are displaying biblical scenes on your model railroad / holiday village.
    Not to mention scale. Do people even think anymore? But sellers like this often make bargain mistakes too. So, can't complain too much.

    temp ebay.jpg

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Adobe-Style-Building-Lighted-Very-Authentic-Looking-Nice-Display-Piece/133276065215?hash=item1f07df5dbf:g5MAAOSw~Wpd-iGo
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    Definately not n-scale lol
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    It's just a piece of plastic: https://www.ebay.com/itm/MT-51200-Da...AAAOSww4JcgbN1

    Asking $149 for a MT caboose? C'mon, man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    It's just a piece of plastic: https://www.ebay.com/itm/MT-51200-Da...AAAOSww4JcgbN1

    Asking $149 for a MT caboose? C'mon, man!
    Moose gotta believe the seller meant $14.95 or $19.95 ... Right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Moose gotta believe the seller meant $14.95 or $19.95 ... Right?
    I think you're getting warmer, @Moose2013. But I did get in a bidding war once on a trio of custom SP&S MT cabeese. Bowed out when the price went above $300. (That's when my "It's just plastic" sensibility came to the fore!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    It's just a piece of plastic: https://www.ebay.com/itm/MT-51200-Da...AAAOSww4JcgbN1

    Asking $149 for a MT caboose? C'mon, man!
    Quote Originally Posted by Moose2013 View Post
    Moose gotta believe the seller meant $14.95 or $19.95 ... Right?
    I doubt it, pretty much everything this seller lists he thinks it's gold.
    Honestly, I'm betting this is a rare paint scheme on this MTL caboose, hence the high price tag.
    But your right Paul, it's just a piece of plastic and he's trolling for collectors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Asking $149 for a MT caboose? C'mon, man!
    Well if you're going to buy it, you might as well accompany it with these two from the same seller!
    (he's actually got a lot of cool stuff, and much of it at reasonable prices. But why are all his Pan Am box cars $50?!?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kadee-MT-31...wAAOSwGWJcS7e~
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kadee-MT-22...sAAOSw2gxYoMS2

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwh70 View Post
    Well if you're going to buy it, you might as well accompany it with these two from the same seller!
    (he's actually got a lot of cool stuff, and much of it at reasonable prices. But why are all his Pan Am box cars $50?!?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kadee-MT-31...wAAOSwGWJcS7e~
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kadee-MT-22...sAAOSw2gxYoMS2
    Based on his description of the Rail Box car, he feels these a rare and warrants the price.
    Kadee MT 31020 Railbox 50' Box Car Released April 1977, reporting #: 14708. Wheel wear indicates light use, excellent condition. No paper insert or price label.
    In the early years Keith would sometimes produce no more than 6 sample cars and send them to friends for their comments. If the comments were positive he would then several months later produce a run of them with a different reporting number. This is one of those cars that only 6 were produced. Prior to ebay the car has only appeared once in a paper auction in May of 2002. The car sold for $1277.00. The car with reporting # 14714 was the production model produced in August, 1977.

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    The seller you are referring to, Egatco , has been selling N-scale for more then 15 years , I have bought from him in the past , but not the collectors items . He sells a lot of normal cars as well . And I for one think that if he asks a certain amount for a caboose or car he is not fishing but knows that it's worth that to some collectors. 32000 sales and 100% , you don't get that on Ebay with tricks.
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