Friday, March 5, 2010

AP Program Mentoring 001 Scott Perry

Dear Larry Smith, MMR...

Thank you so much for agreeing to mentor/coach/train/kick my butt as I work through the Achievement Program. I think it is a GREAT idea that we copy the NMRA AP GROUP on our correspondence as this mentoring process takes place. Hopefully other AP hopefuls like myself will engage other MMR's for help.

You asked me where are we starting from. Currently I have two of the necessary seven certificates. My first one was AP Author, and the second is AP Volunteer. Both of them I've had for a while.

As to progress toward other certificates I have:

Motive Power

* Project to build three Cincinnati Curved Side Trolleys in O scale. Research done, some drawings, but no work.


Cars

* Extensive study, plans and prototype photos for these eight cars. None have started construction.


     Build the following in On30 Freelanced Hebard Cypress based on actual O & W cars:

     1. Logging Flat Car – loaded with large log

     2. Gondola Slab Car – loaded

     3. Gondola Slab Car – loaded

     4. Box Car – standard with interior

     5. Box Car – standard with interior

     6. Tank Car – old style

     7. Combine Passenger Car – regular (Argent)

     8. Combine Passenger Car – Jim Crowe (Argent)

Structures

1. Abbott's Sawmill: DONE. Won 88 points for a complex kit built in O scale. It is already documented and in the book. I gave it to a friend that needed a mill, but I kept the write up and photographs this time!

2. Tybee Pier: Almost Done. Should earn 87.5 points and is scratchbuilt. Take to SER convention or Piedmont train show


3. Dr. Bank's Office: Planned. Scratchbuilt. Small wood structure with detailed interior. O scale for the Swamp. Should earn 87.5 points.


4. Engine Shed. Under Construction. Detailed Kit. Small brick and stone structure with detailed interior. Narrow gauge On30. Stand alone model.


5. Cotton Gin. Planned. Scratchbuilt for contest. Board or metal construction with detailed interior. HO scale. For Dixie Central.


6. Sand Barge & Loader. Not planned. Scratchbuilt for Dixie Central. Will not be judged, but will be highly detailed.


7, Trestle Bridge. Planned. Model of the Turnip Town Trestle on the GNRR in HO scale. For judging. Board by board construction.


8. Logger's Home #1. Planned. Built in same format as Dr. Bank's Office but without dress front. Using pre-cast interior framing and board by board construction. In O scale for Swamp.


9. Logger's Home #2. Planned. Built in same format as Dr. Bank's Office but without dress front. Jim Crow structure, different from #1. Using pre-cast interior framing and board by board construction. In O scale for Swamp.


10. Logger's Home #3. Planned. Built in same format as Dr. Bank's Office but with a different dress front. Designed for Wood's Forman and his wife. Using pre-cast interior framing and board by board construction. In O scale for Swamp.

11. Slaughterhouse #5. Under Construction. Detailed kit with scratchbuilt cattle yard and interior details. HO scale. Model for Paul's layout.


12. Hebard Engine House. Not Planned. On30 engine house for the swamp. Highly detailed. Not prototype located yet. Build for contest/magazine.


Scenery

* Working on the Dixie Central layout in HO. Should be finished in a year or less.
* Blog for circular layout: http://dixiecentralrailroad.blogspot.com/
* Track plan: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_OWJKbUUCx00/SzgCJDFgawI/AAAAAAAACrU/LS-KBRjwPbs/s1600-h/Dixie+Central+Railway+1.33.jpg


Prototype Models

* Nothing planned or in production


Civil

* Working on the Dixie Central layout in HO. Should be finished in a year or less.
* Blog for circular layout: http://dixiecentralrailroad.blogspot.com/
* Track plan: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_OWJKbUUCx00/SzgCJDFgawI/AAAAAAAACrU/LS-KBRjwPbs/s1600-h/Dixie+Central+Railway+1.33.jpg


Electrical

* Working on the Dixie Central layout in HO. Should be finished in a year or less.
* Blog for circular layout: http://dixiecentralrailroad.blogspot.com/
* Track plan: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_OWJKbUUCx00/SzgCJDFgawI/AAAAAAAACrU/LS-KBRjwPbs/s1600-h/Dixie+Central+Railway+1.33.jpg

Dispatcher

* I have experience operating but don't enjoy it.

Official

* I have one year as a Region officer


So Larry - what do you think I should do from here?

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