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Where did the ideals from well known craftsman kits come from?

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Where did the ideals from well known craftsman kits come from?
Posted by russ_q4b on Monday, November 11, 2013 10:57 AM

Most of you are familiar with FSM's Yehuda Heating company, but how many of you know where the design came from?

 

Check it out!...... it came from Model Railroader July 1952.   The title of the article was Mifflinburg Mill whose prototype was a flour mill in rural Pennsylvania.   I ran across this article about 15 years ago when I was collecting back issues of MR.   I actually scratch built the mill and it was one of my favorites buildings on my old layout.

 

If you have a favorite craftsman kit and know the source of the design, please share it with us.

 

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Posted by rrinker on Monday, November 11, 2013 6:56 PM

 Indeed that's it, but if you have access to the article (I have hte 75 year DVD set), you will see that George Allen first saw it in 3/8" scale on J Harold Geissel's layout. The protoype photo in George's 1952 article is one of Gike's.

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Posted by gmpullman on Monday, November 11, 2013 8:10 PM

I remember lots of designs from E.L. Moore in MR, Railroad Model Craftsman and other mags that I'm sure have inspired lots of modelers, and even manufacturers, to build.

Here's a link to an NMRA index of some of E.L. Moore's designs. Most had a bit of whimsy or tongue-in-cheek humor attached!

http://www.earlyrail.org/elmoore-articles.pdf

Ed

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Posted by CLTRRFAN on Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:04 PM

[quote user="gmpullman"]

I remember lots of designs from E.L. Moore in MR, Railroad Model Craftsman and other mags that I'm sure have inspired lots of modelers, and even manufacturers, to build.

Here's a link to an NMRA index of some of E.L. Moore's designs. Most had a bit of whimsy or tongue-in-cheek humor attached!

http://www.earlyrail.org/elmoore-articles.pdf

Ed

 

Hello, new community member, I found this community from a search on E.L. Moore.  I lived downstairs from him in an apartment building in Charlotte, NC in 1975-1976.  I saw his setup for the powderhouse explosion article.  He was a vagabond in the '30's, and I think he worked at children't photograpy for his vocation.  I deeply regret not getting to know him when I had the chance.

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Posted by jdlowe on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 6:47 AM

That's fascinating that you lived downstairs from E. L. Moore. Over the past year or so I've been writing about Mr. Moore at my blog in a series called E. L. Moore in the 21th Century. An index to the posts in the series can be found here: http://www.30squaresofontario.blogspot.ca/2014/04/index-for-e-l-moores-legacy-in-21th.html 

It's interesting that you note that he may have been a vagabond in the '30s as he mentions in the introductory notes in his article Molasses Mine(http://www.30squaresofontario.blogspot.ca/2014/09/e-l-moores-legacy-in-21th-century-all.html ) that he spent a few days in the Bryson City, N.C. jail. I thought it was just a typical Moorian tall-tale that he's use to setup one of his articles. But, considering what you mention, maybe there is some truth in there .

If you know anything more about Mr. Moore, I be fascinated to hear it. Thanks for posting!

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Posted by jrbernier on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 9:44 AM

Russ,

  It's more that just structure kits.  Many of the original brass steam engines were based on MR drawings.  The NKP 2-8-4 is a classic, but did you ever think WHY they would come out with an oddball Union Rwy 0-10-2?  There was a drawing in MR!  Getting good scae drawings has always been an issue(especially before digital)....

Jim

Modeling BNSF  and Milwaukee Road in SW Wisconsin

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Posted by PATRICK A FLORY on Saturday, July 30, 2016 12:17 PM

Or offer Milwaukee Road models.  i live down south, that is a very obscure road to me.  About as obscure as you can get.

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