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tnker101
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Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 08:22 PM UTC
A thought came to mind as I sit and labor building workable tracks for a E-10. What does everyone do to help get through the madding task of building tracks?
RobinNilsson
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:49 AM UTC
Listen to music
/ Robin
iakarch
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Louisiana, United States
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 01:03 AM UTC
Do a little bit at a time, don't try it in one sitting. And music always helps.
Leha12
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Moscow, Russia
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 01:04 AM UTC
I listen to audiobooks or podcasts. Helps with the tedium and plus you learn something useful.
cabasner
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 01:42 AM UTC

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Do a little bit at a time, don't try it in one sitting. And music always helps.



Agree with this, 100%. If you're doing tracks like these, maybe starting the tracks well before the rest of the build, so that, after off-and-on working them, you'll be done by the time they need to be ready for the rest of the vehicle. This is what I do.
Armorsmith
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 01:59 AM UTC
I listen to the radio, mostly talk variety. During baseball season I like to have a ball game on. I actually don't mind the track assembly, I find it calming in an odd sort of way just like painting the rubber on road wheels. Track clean up before assembly is another matter altogether.
barra733
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England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 02:08 AM UTC
I force myself to do 5 links before, and 5 links after each modelling session. I'm not allowed to 'model' until I've done 5 links...
Tojo72
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North Carolina, United States
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 03:10 AM UTC
For me it's about attitude,I don't find it particularly hard,so I just do it,no problem.

For me it's better then painting rims on dozens of roadwheels.
iakarch
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Louisiana, United States
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 04:41 AM UTC
Audio books are great too, my fav is Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian. Any Painting task is different, I think that needs to be done in one sitting.
panzerbob01
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:17 AM UTC
I just stall and procrastinate and hum and haw around until I finally conclude that those darned links are not the self-assembling type after all!

At which point, I get out the links and clean up the whole pile in one sitting - maybe with music on, maybe not. I then put the cleaned ready-to-assemble links away and procrastinate a bit longer.

After that wait, I pull out the kit, assemble all the road-gear onto the hull using tacky for a temp mounting, and sit down and assemble one whole side or run on blue tape, cement it (I usually use styrene link sets and thin cement), and mount it on the installed gear and let set up completely with pre-formed sag, etc. Usually, I go have supper or watch a movie with the wife while side-one dries. When it's dry, I take it off and assemble and mount the whole other run in the next session. Usually, it's a couple-3 hours for both runs and almost always in the same day. I'm now done and ready to get on to paint and such.

Bob
edmund
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United States
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:36 AM UTC
Don't drink too much coffee , it's hard building those thing when your bouncing off the walls .
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 08:43 AM UTC
It's daunting at the start -- just thinking about the cutting, cleaning, and the build itself. When bored I'd just take a break from it and go back when fresh and ready. Surely it takes time, but it keeps me sane and produce a better outcome. Cheers
retiredyank
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 02:24 PM UTC
I pull out a tray table and set myself up in front of the tv. Usually, I watch documentaries, while building.
deerstalker36
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 - 03:47 PM UTC
as above music. laying cork cobblestones at the moment, teeeeeedious