flammis acribus addictis

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(… doomed to flames of woe…)

I enjoy building structures – it’s one of my favourite aspects of the hobby – but they’re always a huge undertaking.

So when I finish one, such as the Leedham’s Mill coal bin I completed over the weekend, I take great satisfaction in the Ceremonial Burning of the Mock-Up in our wood stove.

(When I finish a structure in warmer months, I save the mock-ups in the wood box so I can start off the winter right.)

Every hobbyist needs his or her rituals…

7 thoughts on “flammis acribus addictis

  1. Some of us do not have a wood stove or fireplace, so we put our mock-ups in the recycling bin with all the other paper and cardboard. We also avoid the burn bans.

    • Well, everybody has different rituals, right Walt?

      I must say though, I can’t imagine recycling the mock-up is nearly as satisfying as dooming it to flames of woe!


      No burn bans here. The wood stove is a delight in the winter, and extremely efficient – much more so than the open fireplace it replaced. And it gives us an emergency backup source of heat that doesn’t rely upon a utility-delivered service (such as gas or electricity), for those (admittedly rare) occasions when the power goes out in winter. Last year, for example, the city was hit by ice around Christmas. Thousands of people were forced out of their homes when power lines came down. We were not affected, but it was reassuring to know that if a tree limb had taken out our power we could’ve stayed in the house and kept the pipes from bursting, too…


  2. This is just awesome Trevor! Considering the wierd stuff I am working on for Proto48 (which is your fault, by the way) I don’t have this opportunity, since the stuff I’m making replaces stuff that doesn’t exist…. Oh well, that’s probably good, since I don’t have a wood stove, although I would like to have one, for the reasons you stated.

    Jim Lincoln

  3. When I tore out my first garden railroad, I lite my cedar trestle that had been in place for 2 years on fire…The ties and trestle realistically burned, and the aluminum rail got warm enough to deform. It was great fun and satisfaction seeing a well used structure breath it’s last!

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