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    Default Modelling while travelling

    Do you have a travel tool kit?

    What stuff can you fly with?

    What projects do you do while living out of a suitcase for a week?

    Curious what other traveling tips you may have.

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    Great topic @coffeeman
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    Just thinking out loud ...

    Since I usually travel by car (on the rare occasions I do travel anymore) I think I would pack the following.

    1. Any kits that need to be assembled.
    2. The appropriate glues for styrene and wood.
    3. my exacto knife set & extra blades
    4. A small cutting mat - Small enought to lay flat in a suitcase or a carry-on.
    5. Several pairs of tweezers.
    6. Needle files
    7. Straight edge and square.
    8. Scale ruler.
    9. A handfull of mini-clothespins (usefull for clamps).
    10. A roll of blue painters tape.
    11. A small supply of styrene and lumber. - Can always get more on the road if needed.
    12. Flush cutters.
    13. Digital calipers and extra battery.
    14. Small scissors.
    15. Small screwdriver set.
    16. A dental pick.
    17. Some polybags and a few small storage containers.
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    Thats a nice list!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Rowan View Post
    Just thinking out loud ...

    Since I usually travel by car (on the rare occasions I do travel anymore) I think I would pack the following.

    1. Any kits that need to be assembled.
    2. The appropriate glues for styrene and wood.
    3. my exacto knife set & extra blades
    4. A small cutting mat - Small enought to lay flat in a suitcase or a carry-on.
    5. Several pairs of tweezers.
    6. Needle files
    7. Straight edge and square.
    8. Scale ruler.
    9. A handfull of mini-clothespins (usefull for clamps).
    10. A roll of blue painters tape.
    11. A small supply of styrene and lumber. - Can always get more on the road if needed.
    12. Flush cutters.
    13. Digital calipers and extra battery.
    14. Small scissors.
    15. Small screwdriver set.
    16. A dental pick.
    17. Some polybags and a few small storage containers.

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    Well Rod Stewart rented an additional room on tour to make his model railroad
    https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50403561

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    Hi Coffeeman,

    I used to take unpainted people, water based paints and 10-0 brushes when I traveled. Minimal mess, no odors and easily packed.

    With today's air travel restrictions...you'd have to check your luggage containing paints and glues.

    Now I usually check out the local hobby shops, railroad clubs and museums.
    Happy Modeling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotian_Huntress View Post
    Well Rod Stewart rented an additional room on tour to make his model railroad
    https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-50403561
    Not all of us can live the rock star lifestyle though

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceNscale View Post

    With today's air travel restrictions...you'd have to check your luggage containing paints and glues.

    Now I usually check out the local hobby shops, railroad clubs and museums.

    When I travel, I see it as a vacation from everyday life, my modeling included. But I do try to visit hobby shops, museums, etc when I travel. And of course, traveling by train helps.
    Back in September 2016, I went on a business trip to Minneapolis, MN. There happened to be a big regional train show/swap meet at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds that weekend, so OF COURSE I went and managed to acquire a decent amount of N scale trains there (They all easily fit in my luggage, another reason why N scale is the best scale). I was also able to find some Athearn UP mechanical reefers at the show that are impossible to find both online and where I live, so if you model a certain prototype, you might have good luck finding locos/rolling stock outside your RR's region). So going to train shows/swap meets in places you're traveling is highly recommended.

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    I use travel time as an opportunity to work on electronic projects: 3D modeling, artwork for future decal projects, testing tweaks to JMRI Operations, etc. I have tried to take projects on the road but usually it works out a lot better for me to spend the time on electronic projects, allowing me to spend more time on physical projects when at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MetroRedLn View Post
    When I travel, I see it as a vacation from everyday life, my modeling included. But I do try to visit hobby shops, museums, etc when I travel.
    ^This, if I'm traveling with my family for a vacation. Maybe a museum, but for the most part I choose to leave the hobby behind when on vacation.

    Quote Originally Posted by samusi01 View Post
    I use travel time as an opportunity to work on electronic projects
    ^This, if I'm traveling for work. I might mess around with track planning software, research something I'm interested in, etc. I've thought about bringing along some weathering projects though. Maybe one of these days.

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    I have done so in the past. And a couple times, when I was back in Kansas City for training via my employer, I'd ship a package to myself in care of the hotel containing projects and supplies. Worked quite well.

    But I've always been intrigued with having something more portable and self-contained. I came across an old MR article where the author used a briefcase to construct a traveling workbench; if I recall, he even had included a Dremel motor tool.
    I'd seen that article many years ago, and it inspired me as a teenager to do something similar with an old briefcase I bought second hand. But no Dremel tool; my budget would not accommodate that rarified air in the late 1970s.

    However, seeing the article again makes me think it's time for a redux. ...

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    Sadly my upcoming trip, there's very little to do so I see a lot of time holed up in the hotel. Its a training course so many of the local hobby shops, even though they don't seem to carry n scale most seem to close around 5/6 making them a problem to get to depending on when the training ends. The one museum I'd love to see is closed until the month after I go.......

    I like the weathering idea, but also the research idea may work too.

    My list I'm thinking is so far....
    Hobby knife, with blades removed and yes it will get checked.
    Small cutting mat
    Nail clippers for sprue removal
    Nail file for sanding
    Tweezers
    Cottom swabs
    Tooth picks
    Different sizes of brushes
    Clothes pins

    And I'll plan to get the glue when I'm there, this way if it has to get tossed I'm throwing it out as I'm on my way home. May even have to settle for some of the testors tube glue.

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