I'm Andre Ming. I've just recently (re?)discovered this fantastic Frisco forum.
I still dabble with workbench models... in scale S now. I have all but given up on being a productive enough modeler to EVER have another medium-sized layout. The space I have results in a small shelf layout in a small room, so in order to maximize intensity, I am going with an urban setting based on the KC West Bottoms area. I have childhood memories of the RR'ing of KC that helped make this decision. The Frisco will be represented, as will other KC area railroads.
BUT... I am also an avid V scale modeler. For those of you that haven't heard the term "V scale", it is a term I use to describe "Virtual Scale", or, simulating trains and railroads via computer. There are three major players in the V scale arena. They are:
Microsoft's Train Simulator (called MSTS for short)
RSDL's Rail Simulator
MSTS and Trainz have been around a while. RS is the new kid on the block.
All of the above have their strengths and weaknesses. MSTS has the most add-on content available, hands down, and it could be argued that it is still the predominate medium for V scale. RS is growing slowly, but still has a long way to go in regards to add-on content.
I'm most familar with MSTS, so my comments will pertain to that aspect of V scale.
My main reason for posting this is to determine how many of us here are V scalers, and to what degree?
As for me, I find that I spend most of my available modeling energy doing something with V scale. The things V scale allows is just so compelling I tend to gravitate toward it. How so?
Well, for example:
Over the past several years, I have been a rubber gauging model railroader. Since the mid 90's or so, I bounced around from theme to theme... scale to scale... et al. I simply have too many interests that just won't co-exist well in ONE layout. Try having a layout with, say Colorado narrow gauge in the 1880's, and Frisco's Ft. Smith Sub, circa 1965. Both are very real interests I have... but simply cannot be reasonably accomodated in regards to attempting to workbench model both themes.
Enter V scale via MSTS: Point/click... I'm running an 1880's steam powered train in Colorado. Point/click... I'm in the cab of a Frisco F7 set battling gravity to get tonnage up Boston Mountain grade to Winslow. Point/click... I'm in a BNSF Dash-9 haulin' butt across Montana.
Or, say I'm in a creative mood: Point/click... I'm working on the Rio Grande Southern's Telluride Branch. Point/click... I'm working on the Coal Belt region of eastern Arkansas/western Oklahoma, emphasis Frisco.
There are many more reasons, but you get the idea.
Here the topic is Frisco. So... I'm wondering... how many of you have an interest in V scale... and Frisco in particular?
The reason I ask is that I am friends with a very good MSTS modeler. He has already created a Frisco F7 pack. IF there was interest and IF I can come up with good photos... I'll bet I can coerce him to give the Frisco more coverage in his V scale efforts.
To illustrate some Frisco V scale models, I have attached some screen grabs that depict the models in a shape-viewing program. (Remember, in V scale via MSTS, you can use any model on any route in any era, etc.)
I would LOVE to see some Frisco GP7's, F3's (in blk&yel and o&w) original RS2's, FA1's, etc, etc. All of these models my friend has in V scale... but I need GOOD PHOTO textures in order to persuade him to attempt Frisco versions.
How about it??? Sound off in this thread if you're into V scale or have an interest in it!
Again... here are some examples of what is possible: