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Title: Body Style Cloning

Collection: N Scale Model Trains
Category: Database How-To
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Last Modification Date: 2018-10-29

[This article is meant only for Curators of the N Scale Model Trains database]

General principle

When creating a new body style, by cloning an existing one, be sure to do the following THREE tasks in this order:
  1. Find an existing similar body style (example CMW-FORD-PINTO)
  2. CLONE the body style (should create CMW-FORD-Pinto Copy)
  3. Change the name (from "CMW-FORD-PINTO Copy" to "CMW-FORD-MUSTANG") --> VERY IMPORTANT: press the Change Name button next to the body style name

How to edit a body style

Before you can clone an existing body style, you need to enter into the body style editor. There are two ways to do that.

First method: Select one item of the same body style that you want to copy from; edit this item; then go to the bottom of the editor to reach the Curator Functions section; under Body Style, press button Edit/Rename. You've now reached the body style editor and can press the Clone button.

Second method: In menu Collection, select option Resources; in the Query section, click on Body Style; the page listing all body styles will display (can be reached also directly with this link). Then go to the body style would like to copy from, and press the Edit button on the right hand-side; from there you can clone.

Body style names

Now here is what is confusing in TroveStar. Every bodystyle has two different names. The first is the one used internally by the database which is mostly human readable, but partially gibberish. The other is the user friendly name which is easy to understand, but unfortunately, a pain for the database programming.

You can think of this like your real name vs your social security number. What really matters for life, death and taxes is your SS#, not your name (sad but true) and the body style name is like your social security number. It is unique, and it doesn't have to mean anything, though usually it does. Once upon a time, there was lots of usable information in peoples SS#s too. For example, the first three digits used to tell you which state the SS# was issued in. Similar to this the Body Style name usually has a 3-letter code for the original brand name in it (e.g. CMW for Classic Metal Works), followed by a dash, followed by a general type, followed by more specific information. Primarily this is used for determine a sort order that makes it easy to pick the body style you need out of a list of 1000's by clumping similar items together.

When you create a new body style, you need to remember to change the TRUE name first. Then you need to change the Body Style description (the user-friendly name) to something ...well....user friendly. As an example, a user friendly name might be "Classic Metal Works Auto Ford Pinto". This is the part many folks forgot to do. If you forget, the new body style will have the wrong human-readable name - most likely the same name as body style you just copied from. This is not a catastrophic error, but it can be confusing like having two different Johnny Smiths in the same 1st grade classroom. Confusing as heck for the teacher, but the IRS is just fine as they have different Social Security numbers (and who is going to have a bugger affect on your life anyways - your 1st grade homeroom teacher or the IRS?)

The other name, a.k.a. "Body Style Description", is meant to be totally human readable, and doesn't even have to be unique, though it should be. So when you clone an existing body style, first pick a new name and hit "Change Name". Then start editing the other fields, but be sure to pick a good descriptive name as your first todo.

Fields to be taken care of

The following fields will most probably have to be modified after you have copied a body style (assuming that you are starting from a similar item). Other fields to be modified as per need.
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