If you like working with wood and making scale models, then have a go at
making an authentic scale model of a Horse Drawn Vehicle. A Ledge Caravan or
a Garden Seat Omnibus perhaps? If you would like to attempt something less
demanding then go for making one of the many Farm Waggons that are
available. Take a look at this none commercial web site for inspirational
ideas http://homepage.ntlworld.com/scalemodel.hdvs /
There is a MODEL GALLERY page where you can see some fantastic models that
have been made by other model makers. There is a TIPS & IDEAS page, advice
on where to get plans from and loads of links to suppliers and other
I hope you enjoy it.
It might be possible to actually enjoy, the admittedly intriguing models, if
you elevated the website above the realm of "amateurish". The pages load
*very* slowly....look into the concept of pre-caching the images....
...and decide on how you are going to spell "wagon" (or is it "waggon"),
and stick with *one* spelling. That mistake alone, is offensive enough...to
launch a crusade to keep *everyone* away from your website.
Registered Linux user #328317 - SlackWare 10.1 (2.6.10)
So I'm supposed to compliment 'jraah' for his good work because he
requests it? Over and over again? And I'm an idiot because I won't
stroke someone's ego? Puh-leeease....
Look, he's got a webite up and running. He's posted multiple times -
the same thing - since January. Begging to visit the website has
nothing to do with the workmanship therein. It only serves to lessen
the willingness to visit - for me at least. I'd hate to be considered
the only voice of RMS... I made no comments on the contents of the
website. And, *I* refrained from namecalling.
A few of the pieces on the website *are* nice, such as the U.S. Army
wagon...but that does not excuse his juvenile-ish and shameless
promotion of the website. And his site *is* very amateurish.
It violates many of the common-sense rules illustrated in that
witty, informative "Web Sites That Suck" series of books. In fact,
they could probably do an entire new volume on this site alone...lol.
I refuse to do business with "brick-and-mortar" outfits that are
sloppy with their business skills (i.e. poor organization, lack
of proof-reading in promotional material, offensive "in your face"
promotion, etc...), so why should websites be treated any differently?
Now, if a few of his contributors would RE-write articles, to a higher
standard, for submission to a site such as internetmodeler.com; then
perhaps my opinion might change.
So, I do not feel you were too harsh in your sentiments.
Registered Linux User #328317 - SlackWare 10.1 (2.6.10)
Oh dear! I feel terrible!! I should tear my amateurish web site down
immediately. I have violated common-sense rules, I am a complete failure! If
you could give me a few examples of your all time favourite web sites Greg,
I would be most grateful, that's what I need, a bit of guidance from someone
who knows these things.
I should ask my contributors to RE-write their articles, and they should
have a degree in the English language before submitting anything to my site?
Great idea! I will implement that immediately! Being a great model maker is
not enough eh?
All this he-said, she said about web pages has made me just a bit weary. I
don't claim to have anything beyond a rather average web site at best but,
if you're interested in seeing an example of an average, general interest
(including modeling) web site, constructed and published by a
non-professional and not particularly computer-literate person, Jraah,
you're welcome to take a peek at the link below. It's quite easy to build
something like this with a program such as Front Page (or even Netscape
Composer, which I used before getting Front Page).
Cheers: Bill Woodier
"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready
Hello spiff, Thanks for your comment.
My web site has been running since 18th January this year. It looks like I
may have kicked over a hornets in here doesn't it? I didn't get any reply to
the post I submitted a few weeks ago entitled "Scale Model Horse Drawn
Vehicles", and it soon disappeared below many other posts. Then, just on a
whim, not meaning to upset or annoy anyone, I thought I might try a
different approach - hence my post entitled "Look at this!!"
WOW! Did that cause a furore! Do you think I should destroy my web site if
it offends others so much? Do you find the pages load up much too slowly? I
have explained the reason for this in my reply to that nice person Greg.
People in similar situations have found that starting their posts with
"Shameless plug for my [fill in the blank]" strikes the right chord when
soliciting people's attention. If you've been online long enough to have
e-mail or habit a message board such as this, than you should know "Look at
this!" is a hallmark of spammers and the response you will get is nothing
short of predictable - 1) nothing like the first time in January and 2)
flames like this time
Not a flame, just an observation you might find helpful in the future.
I thought so too, and corresponded with the poster after the initial
post. I thought maybe the second post was an accident. However, when
we see the same stuff day after day, that is spam, good modeling or not.
Well Greg, first I must thank you for your *professional* advice. I will
admit that my website wouldn't win any awards, but it is the first and only
website I have created and I don't profess to be an expert, but I will take
on board any constructive criticism. I didn't want bells and whistles or
annoying pop-ups and sponsored adverts as you see on some of the award
Some, (not all) of the pages do load slower than others and this is due to
the contents of some pages - i.e. the number of jpegs/gifs per page and the
size of these graphics. I have purposely kept some of the images on the
large size so that model makers can enlarge them without too much loss of
detail. This was a request from many visitors to the site, and I have
therefore tried to hit a happy medium.
May I respectfully suggest that you go from dial-up and onto broadband
and/or upgrade your PC, as even the slowest page on my web site will load up
in about 8 seconds, or before you can scroll half-way down the page.
Now! About the spelling of waggon.."Waggon" is the British, Canadian and
Australian way of spelling, even then, there can be some who spell it
"wagon". The United States prefer using "wagon", but here again, it can be
"waggon" by some authorities. I have opted mainly for the British spelling,
as the majority of plans available are from Britain, the spelling with 2 "g"s,
is influenced by Dutch and German craftsmen to some extent.
The "Wagon Trains" that you are perhaps referring to is the only spelling
that occurs on my web site. (Let me know if otherwise!) This is because the
term is usually associated with the pioneers who travelled the American
plains to the west. If you wish information on the spelling, there are a
number of web site links that will help you Greg. So as you see, its not a
*mistake*, its intentional - sham you were offended by something so
irrelevant. Call off your crusade, you will get few followers! ;o)
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