Harvard Pennington Model Train Hobby article
HARVARD PENNINGTON . ; . . he builds model railroads Model Train Hobby Is Much Fun "I used to build model airplanes," airplanes," says Harvard Pennington, Pennington, whose main interest now lies in building model railroads, "but I crashed too many of them. And after you crash a model plane there's not much left to do anything anything with, so I finally got tired of it." Harvard explained that he got "the model railroad bug" about a year and a half ago, and that he's been working at it furiously ever since. "Building a model railroad isn't as easy as it looks," Harvard said. "Most people think it's just playing with toy trains. They don't realize that we make all our our own cars and that each one is done exactly to scale." Skills Needed According to Harvard, a working working knowledge of soldering, wiring, wiring, carpentry, and electricity are necessary to build a model railroad. railroad. In addition, the builder must do an amount of research comparable comparable to that done for a term paper to produce a good model. "It gets pretty interesting," Jie said, "but it runs into a lot of money if you don't plan your layout Carefully." First the builder must determine how much space he has available, Harvary explained. The next step is making a track plan, to scale, figuring out all the curves, angles, and grades the layout will have. A plan for wiring the railroad comes next, and then the actual building. "You can't just slap down a piece of plywood and lay your track," Harvard stated. "First you have to build a framework; then you put in all your grades and curves, and finally lay the track." The last step in the operation is putting in scenery for the rail road, accbrding to Harvard. Scenery Is "Must" "Most people simply put up a railroad without a reason," he said, "but that's ridiculous. It would be like having a stream running down Chester Avenue. You've got to have a reason for your railroad," he continued, "so you've got to -have scenery-" Harvard explained that putting up the scenery usually takes quite a while because everything must be made to scale and must be realistic. What happens after you've finished finished the layout -and run the train over it a few times? "Well, you're usually tired of the whole thing by then," says Harvard, "so you tear it all out and start on something different." Harvard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Pennington, 215 Wilson Wilson Ave. He attends Kern County High School, and is a member of Oildale Model Railroad Association. Association. BUY MIRRORS WITH CAUTION Like meats, mirrors are graded for quality.-The most nearly perfect perfect are termed AA. A quality mirror may contain a few scattered scattered minor imperfections. Next, in a descending order, are: No. 1 mirrors which contain a limited number of defects. No. 2 mirrors contain minor imperfections that are readily seen, and No. 3 mirrors mirrors have many defects, should be examined carefully before purchasing. purchasing. Soup Suggestion Home-made tomato soup is less likely to curdle if you heat the white sauce and the spiced tomatoes tomatoes separately, then quickly stir the tomatoes Into the milk and serve at once. New Forms for Leather When an old favorite around the home abandons its rut to gather new triumphs, it's worth noting, according to NEA staff writer Kay Sherwood. Leather -is - a case in point. Resting comfortably on its maroon, black or brown laurels, laurels, leather upholstery has for years been closely, associated with Dad's easy chair. Dad claimed it just suited him. Mother claimed it looked a sight. Today, that's one argument Mother would lose. New finishes and new colors have captured the attention of talented designers who have used it for many purposes. New western-s t y 1 e furniture for example, capitalizes in the rugged, outdoorsy look of natural natural leather. On the other hand, leather shows up just as handsomely coupled with brass in fine modern modern lamps and clocks. With more tanners getting into the act, maybe some day I'll be able to afford the mellow beauty of leather-tiled floors.. Improved finishes have made the care of upholstery leather almost too easy. I was interested to hear a friend of ours in the leather business lament that we homemakers just won't believe that all we should ever do to smooth-leather upholstery is sponge it with plain soap and water to keep it clean. And, he said, sponge It often enough to avoid deep soiling. Bring" up the shine only by polishing polishing with a dry, soft cloth.