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Nice American layout

Postby Arseny » Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:20 am

Very nice American layout of the 1930s (H0, if I am not mistaken)

http://fsmkits.homestead.com/layout/index.html
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Re: Nice American layout

Postby richardedmonds » Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:57 am

I saw this layout a few years ago in Model Railroader it really does have the WOW factor. The American modellers attention to scenery certainly makes up for the reliance on ready to run models and amazes me why they are not more into scratchbuilding as there are obviously a lot of skills out there
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Re: Nice American layout

Postby Marquette » Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:12 am

richardedmonds wrote:why they are not more into scratchbuilding as there are obviously a lot of skills out there


Why scratchbuild if the thing you want is available RTR?

Also: without RTR you can't have an empire! Imagine having to do the benchwork for a huge layout, then the trackwork, then all that scenery, structures.... that's years of work just there - and you don't have a single piece of rolling stock yet, 'cause you have to scratchbuild it all.

If all of the locomotives and freight cars were available and at most you had to repaint/decal a car to suit your desire, then all that scratchbuilding effort could be put into (IMO) better use - structures! :)
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Re: Nice American layout

Postby richardedmonds » Sat Oct 08, 2011 10:52 am

That's a fair point M and you are right, I sometimes think the lack of stuff in TT makes me think a bit different and assume things that are not there for other scales as well. Ageing process or pig headedness I suppose
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Re: Nice American layout

Postby Marquette » Sun Oct 09, 2011 1:10 am

My wish would be that we have a broad range of accurate locomotives and rolling stock in TT, that at most need a bit of detailing, perhaps minor kitbashing to get as nearly accurate as possible models.

That would allow me to focus on my fixation for location-accuracy: correct structures to represent a real-world location... if one day I have the space and resources to build a layout!
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Re: Nice American layout

Postby scaro » Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:50 am

i think he built it in order to showcase his line of kits. was in MR some years ago. personally I thought it was if anything, a bit over-detailed, stuffed with all sorts of stuff and looking rather gothic, a bit like miss haversham's wedding cake.

when it comes to the US, i prefer the small peter north ones which make the rounds at UK exhibitions:

http://www.gmohs.org/ModelersPhotos/Ros ... osa_IL.htm

.. they have a lot of detail yet the sense of space that's typical of the bits of america that i've seen. and all on a 4x8.

i tend towards such scenery, because being australian, a whole lot of nothing is what i'm used to:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/markcarter ... 445700318/
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