Hello to all,
Today I received my Foundry kit in the mail so I thought it would be a good time to finally quit lurking and join the forum. I plan to start building the Foundry in the near future and am sure that the build thread will be a huge help.
I've been modeling for 20 years or so and have completed many South River and FSM kits, but so far my only completed SW build is Duluth Co. which I did a few years ago and enjoyed immensely (I have 3 others on the shelf: Railroad Camp, Quincy Salvage, and O'Neill's). I've found the SW kits to be the best around and Brett's customer service can't be beat. My plan is to tackle the Foundry and O'Neill's as my next two major builds. I have already learned a lot from the great modelers in this forum and will continue to study and learn going forward--some of the work shown here is just amazing.
I don't have a railroad and am not really interested in modeling railroads except as a prop for structures. My interest is in creating free-standing dioramas. Mills and other industrial buildings are my favorite. The place is upstate New York and the time is September 1934. Think Troy NY--but I call it Empire Falls. Everything I build is geared to that time and place--I'm not as anal about it as it sounds but I do think it's useful to have a unifying theme. It's not terribly original, but there are a lot of great kits out there that fit nicely into that theme.
So thanks in advance for helping me improve my skills as I tackle the Foundry and O'Neill's!