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HO Horseshoe Pit
Posted by FRRYKid on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 3:00 AM

Got yet another one for my Forum friends. Does anyone know if any manufacturer makes HO scale people throwing horsehoes? I thought about putting a horseshoe area in a park area I have on my layout. I have an area set up for it but I've never come actoss figures for that.

Second, what is a good source for wire that is .011" actual? That is 1" in HO scale which is the correct diameter of a horse shoe stake. It is roughly the same size as a #80 drill bit for reference.

As usual any ideas woud be most welcomed.

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 3:50 AM

Hi FRRYKid

If you can't find people who are actually throwing horseshoes then I think it would be fairly easy to modify an existing figure by rearranging the arms and legs.

Tichy Train Group sells 0.010" phosphor bronze wire. I doubt that anyone could tell the difference between that and 0.011" wire.

For the horseshoes, just bend some brass or phosphor bronze wire into the right shape and hammer it flat.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 7:54 AM

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If you can't find people who are actually throwing horseshoes then I think it would be fairly easy to modify an existing figure by rearranging the arms and legs.

Since in a game of horseshoes ony one person is tossing at a time, I think you would only need to modify one figure.

In every game of horseshoes I have played, one person tosses while three are basically just standing around.

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Posted by rrebell on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 8:20 AM

FRRYKid

Got yet another one for my Forum friends. Does anyone know if any manufacturer makes HO scale people throwing horsehoes? I thought about putting a horseshoe area in a park area I have on my layout. I have an area set up for it but I've never come actoss figures for that.

Second, what is a good source for wire that is .011" actual? That is 1" in HO scale which is the correct diameter of a horse shoe stake. It is roughly the same size as a #80 drill bit for reference.

As usual any ideas woud be most welcomed.

 

Why not use a broken drill bit, or a new one as they can be very cheap.

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Posted by tstage on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 8:29 AM

A #80 drill bit would be slightly larger at 0.0135"...

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 8:29 AM

When we play horseshoes, the tossers we use would probably fit a small elephant. I real horseshoe is not very big.

Do people play with real horseshoes, or are all the game pieces oversized like ours are?

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 11:38 AM

I wouldn't sweat the exact diameter for the posts or horseshoes.  You might find a tennis player and cut off the racquet.

At 1:87, these differences won't be noticed.  Remember,  close is good enough in horseshoes and hand grenades.

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Posted by maxman on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 11:58 AM

SeeYou190

When we play horseshoes, the tossers we use would probably fit a small elephant. I real horseshoe is not very big.

Do people play with real horseshoes, or are all the game pieces oversized like ours are?

-Kevin

 

I guess it depends if the horseshoes you use are for ponys or Clydesdales.

https://www.jcmilton.com/shoe-sizing-explained

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 9:12 PM

SeeYou190
In every game of horseshoes I have played, one person tosses while three are basically just standing around.

No Kevin, all four figures will have to be kitbashed. You are forgetting that the three players who are standing around will all have beers in their hands!Smile, Wink & GrinLaughLaughBeer

I haven't played horseshoes in years. I loved the game!

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Posted by wrench567 on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 9:26 PM

MisterBeasley

I wouldn't sweat the exact diameter for the posts or horseshoes.  You might find a tennis player and cut off the racquet.

At 1:87, these differences won't be noticed.  Remember,  close is good enough in horseshoes and hand grenades.

 

 

   And don't forget Tiddlywinks. Close counts there too.

  Although as a kid, I have played horse shoes with real shoes from a horse. The game you can buy does not have real shoes. A representation of a shoe. Usually no grip lugs, nail slots, and hoof guides.

  My uncle had a set of horses used in pulling contests. Strong animals and trained to work together at the sound of the ring hitting the sled pin.

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Posted by PC101 on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 11:54 PM

FRRYKid

Got yet another one for my Forum friends. Does anyone know if any manufacturer makes HO scale people throwing horsehoes? I thought about putting a horseshoe area in a park area I have on my layout. I have an area set up for it but I've never come actoss figures for that.

Second, what is a good source for wire that is .011" actual? That is 1" in HO scale which is the correct diameter of a horse shoe stake. It is roughly the same size as a #80 drill bit for reference.

As usual any ideas woud be most welcomed.

 

@FRRYkid, here's a thought... with the pits and stakes in place and with the shoes laying at the stakes and the two or four players standing like the throw is finished. No special horse shoe players needed, no arm readjustments would be needed, no player standing in a frozen postion with an arm in the back postion with a shoe in hand, forward postion with a shoe in hand or just after the release. 

@wrench567, reading above about your uncle and those very big horses brought back a vision in my mind. One time at a 'lumber/logging' event (Cherry Springs State Park, Pa.) when the competitor dropped that ring and it hit the sled pin, it made that sound (dink) of the ring hitting the sled pin, but some how it missed (bounced off ?) and those horses took off with out the log, it took half the course to get them stopped. The other time right after the start of the pull, the log rolled on to the competitors legs and with a jee or a ha those horses pulled the log in the direction to roll the log off the competitor then he and the horses keep going. Those horses are very big, powerful, beautiful and awesome.  

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Posted by FRRYKid on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 2:35 AM

hon30critter

Tichy Train Group sells 0.010" phosphor bronze wire. I doubt that anyone could tell the difference between that and 0.011" wire.

For the horseshoes, just bend some brass or phosphor bronze wire into the right shape and hammer it flat.

Cheers!!

Dave 

Didn't realize they went that small. I have some .020" that was going to use if I couldn't find anything. It's about a 1/2" too big scalewise.

MisterBeasley

I wouldn't sweat the exact diameter for the posts or horseshoes.  You might find a tennis player and cut off the racquet.

At 1:87, these differences won't be noticed.  Remember,  close is good enough in horseshoes and hand grenades. 

According to the offical rules that I looked up for dimensions, the pole is 1" in diameter.

I have my own corollary to that saying: horseshoes, hand grenades and (unfortunatly) nuclear weapons.

PC101

@FRRYkid, here's a thought... with the pits and stakes in place and with the shoes laying at the stakes and the two or four players standing like the throw is finished. No special horse shoe players needed, no arm readjustments would be needed, no player standing in a frozen postion with an arm in the back postion with a shoe in hand, forward postion with a shoe in hand or just after the release. 

That is an idea I hadn't thought of but it would definitely work as well. I wasn't going to make anything real spectacular. The plan is more like a backyard game with just the poles and the dirt around the stakes. 

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 2:48 AM

FRRYKid
The plan is more like a backyard game with just the poles and the dirt around the stakes. 

No, no, no, no!!!! The scene will be absolutely dead as far as implied activity is concerned! You have to have some people playing the game!!!

One of the biggest challenges in model railroading is to make a scene look like there is something going on. Don't waste that opportunity! You must add in a picnic table, a barbeque and some people having fun!

I'm sorry for my forceful response, but you shouldn't miss the opportunity to make the scene 'pop'.

My 2 Cents

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Posted by wrench567 on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 8:35 AM

PC101

 

 
FRRYKid

Got yet another one for my Forum friends. Does anyone know if any manufacturer makes HO scale people throwing horsehoes? I thought about putting a horseshoe area in a park area I have on my layout. I have an area set up for it but I've never come actoss figures for that.

Second, what is a good source for wire that is .011" actual? That is 1" in HO scale which is the correct diameter of a horse shoe stake. It is roughly the same size as a #80 drill bit for reference.

As usual any ideas woud be most welcomed.

 

 

 

@FRRYkid, here's a thought... with the pits and stakes in place and with the shoes laying at the stakes and the two or four players standing like the throw is finished. No special horse shoe players needed, no arm readjustments would be needed, no player standing in a frozen postion with an arm in the back postion with a shoe in hand, forward postion with a shoe in hand or just after the release. 

@wrench567, reading above about your uncle and those very big horses brought back a vision in my mind. One time at a 'lumber/logging' event (Cherry Springs State Park, Pa.) when the competitor dropped that ring and it hit the sled pin, it made that sound (dink) of the ring hitting the sled pin, but some how it missed (bounced off ?) and those horses took off with out the log, it took half the course to get them stopped. The other time right after the start of the pull, the log rolled on to the competitors legs and with a jee or a ha those horses pulled the log in the direction to roll the log off the competitor then he and the horses keep going. Those horses are very big, powerful, beautiful and awesome.  

 

 

  I used to sit and watch the horse pulling contests at the county fair every year. About eight years ago the local snowflakes petitioned the organizers to ban the event because they thought it cruel to the horses. It only takes a few to ruin things for many.

  As for scale fidelity. Strive for what looks right and not true scale size. After all, our miniature worlds of model railroading is all compromised.

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Posted by rrebell on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 8:57 AM

Woodland Scenics make people playing hourseshoes.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 9:16 AM

rrebell
Woodland Scenics make people playing hourseshoes.

I thought so, but I could not find them.

Are they in a set with a different name, like "Backyard Game" or "Cookout Contest" or something like that. I tend to dislike the names Woodland Scenics gives their figure sets.

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Posted by DanRaitz on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 9:35 AM

rrebell

Woodland Scenics make people playing hourseshoes.

 

 

Game of Horseshoes - HO Scale - Woodland Scenics

 

It shows as "retired" so you'll have to find it elsewhere.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 10:07 AM

Thanks Dan.

I placed my vote to "unretire" the set.

This scene would take minimal space and add interest.

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Posted by John-NYBW on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 10:09 AM

I'm still waiting for somebody to offer UNIFORMED baseball players. Woodland Scenics offers kids playing sandlot baseball. I was hoping Shapeways might come up with something but nothing last I checked. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 10:28 AM

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I'm still waiting for somebody to offer UNIFORMED baseball players.

Are the uniform designs protected by copyright? That might be a stumbling block. Look at how many decades we had to wait for proper UPS vehicles.

Would someone buy a generic uniform design? How many people would be willing to paint entire teams?

And... how many people have room for a stadium scene?

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Posted by John-NYBW on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 11:53 AM

SeeYou190

 

 
John-NYBW
I'm still waiting for somebody to offer UNIFORMED baseball players.

 

Are the uniform designs protected by copyright? That might be a stumbling block. Look at how many decades we had to wait for proper UPS vehicles.

Would someone buy a generic uniform design? How many people would be willing to paint entire teams?

And... how many people have room for a stadium scene?

-Kevin

 

If I was interested in players in major league uniforms, that might be an issue. I know for fact the New York Yankees are very protective of their trademarks. There was a TV show a number of years ago about a baseball team called Clubhouse. It was set in New York. I can't remember what the name of the team was. It was not the Yankees but in the pilot episode, the team had pinstripe uniforms which are closely identified with the Yankees. I'm guessing the Yankees took action because in all future episodes, the team had plain white uniforms. Yankee players who appear in commercials also can't appear in Yankee uniforms.

Getting back to my problem, I guess I wasn't specific enough. I'm looking for Little League baseball players in uniform. Any generic looking uniform would do. I'd even be happy with unpainted figures. It wouldn't take long to paint two teams worth of players. The baseball field is set in the background with the track running by the field so they don't need to be too detailed. Just something to look like a game is going on. 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 12:00 PM

John-NYBW
I'm looking for Little League baseball players in uniform. Any generic looking uniform would do.

That is completely different, and I cannot think of any reason why figures like that have not been made yet.

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Posted by crossthedog on Wednesday, July 5, 2023 12:43 PM

horseshoe players - one throwing, others standing around, no one drinking beer.

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Posted by FRRYKid on Thursday, July 6, 2023 2:31 AM

One was found and ordered.

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Posted by hon30critter on Thursday, July 6, 2023 5:03 AM

crossthedog
horseshoe players - one throwing, others standing around, no one drinking beer.

I hope that everyone understands that my reference to having the horseshoe players drinking beer was meant in jest.

Cheers!!

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Posted by rrebell on Thursday, July 6, 2023 8:28 AM

hon30critter

 

 
crossthedog
horseshoe players - one throwing, others standing around, no one drinking beer.

 

I hope that everyone understands that my reference to having the horseshoe players drinking beer was meant in jest.

Cheers!!

Dave

 

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Posted by dennis461 on Thursday, July 6, 2023 9:04 AM

Where are the pictures?

 

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