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Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012 - 08:39 PM UTC
I am planning a small N scale RR layout.From what I understand 2'X4' is about minimum.Any ideas on where I could find some examples ? This is my fist layout since I was 10 years old about 62 years ago.Need help ! thanks Cheers! John.
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Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 01:21 AM UTC


I am planning 3 different modules for this piece.The G scale part will be finished in detail and weathered like an old abandoned movie set or ghost town.The HO scale part will be a removable module of an old west town and modeled to look like a model,in other words not as detailed or lifelike.The N scale part will be an add on module, fastened to one side of the perimeter, but I haven't yet decided which one.It will be an operating ,shelf type, old west train layout made to look like a G scale train(in real life) with G scale figures wandering through it.There will also be a old west movie poster area and a G scale area for a couple of fake horses.The horses will be hollowed out to look like paper mache ones with a sign nearby saying "Don't feed the horses",fake horses were often used as props in old west movies.

This piece has now evolved into a theme park idea (circa 1960's) It is a fantasy piece using lots of artistic license.( but isn't that what movies and models are all about,a suspension of your own disbelief ?) The core story is still about the Italian director Sergio Leone and his love of the western genre and it is dedicated to his memory.

Once Upon a time.........

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I quit drinking beer because the download was taking longer than the upload !
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Posted: Saturday, November 03, 2012 - 11:09 AM UTC

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I am planning a small N scale RR layout...Any ideas on where I could find some examples ?



Look at Atlas. They make layout sets. Go to their website and in the black belt at the top, 4th from the right is Layouts. They have three pages for N scale...

Or...put italicized text here you can design your own with their free RTS (Right Track Software). I did not find it on their site but here's a Yahoo group dedicated to it:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/artsl/

Also, Kato makes layout sets: http://www.katousa.com/N/Unitrack/customsets.html

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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2012 - 01:15 AM UTC

I kinda like this model within a model idea for a theme park.Finishing Morton's car with just furniture would be a little boring for kids I imagine but seeing another locomotive on display would be more fun.Walt Disney did this in his theme park and it was a hit with the kids both young and old.
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Posted: Sunday, November 04, 2012 - 01:16 AM UTC
Thanks for the info Frederick, I will give it a look see!
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Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 01:27 AM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 10:24 AM UTC

As a kid I always loved the story of Gulliver's Travels.
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Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 12:11 AM UTC

What is an old west diorama/layout without a couple of these guys !
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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 12:59 AM UTC

The HO old west town is coming along.I didn't want to do it as a ghost town because there is all ready a lot of grey in the piece and I felt it needed a little color.
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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 02:06 PM UTC
Quite a town! The mom & child are a great idea.
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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 02:09 AM UTC
Hi everybody ! Great day today as my wife will soon be home after her second knee replacement surgery .Everything went well. I will be re-focusing my energy for awhile now to help to nurse her back to health.I am planning to spend the time I have now concentrating on storyboarding and a little research.
The "Once upon a time.... diorama is going well but I have changed my mind again and am going back to the original concept of a movie set.I think that it is better to tell one story well than get things too confusing for the viewer.I know that it seems that I can't make up my mind, and your right about that, but that is the fun of doing this in real time rather than presenting a competed piece and then pretending that I knew where I was going all the time.
Cheers ! John.
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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012 - 04:09 AM UTC
This is what I am working on right now,the movie set props yard, showing the use of mixed scales for use as forced perspective,backdrops,and phoney horses in crates etc...
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012 - 01:17 AM UTC
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Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012 - 05:46 AM UTC
Hi John,

Welcome back to your wife! Welcome back to the thread!

Tell me about the figure? Did you sculpt it?
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2013 - 12:27 AM UTC
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Posted: Sunday, August 04, 2013 - 05:41 AM UTC
Hi John,

I tend to agree about letting the contour of the model create the shadows.
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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013 - 01:04 AM UTC

I will be putting aside this diorama for awhile due to other commitments that I have recently taken on.In the meantime I will be putting up pics once in awhile to keep this thread alive.I plan to be back at it again by the spring of next year.Cheers! John.