Kit Bashing "The General"

John W Reid Aug 27, 2010

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    I need some really basic info on N scale trains and layouts.Could someone please point me in the right direction ? Thank you, Cheers! John.
     
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    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 am a man of few words but lots of pics

    I quit drinking beer because the download was taking longer than the upload !
     
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    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.:D
     
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    As a kid I always loved the story of Gulliver's Travels.
     
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    I also remember a book which had a somewhat updated theme named "Castaways In Lilliput". Always thought the idea of encountering such a scenario as that type of world to be fascinating. Could this be part of our attraction to model railroading?
     
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    What is an old west diorama/layout without a couple of these guys ! C|:)
     
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    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. C|:)
     
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    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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    It has been a while since you last posted! Do my eyes deceive me, or as I look through these most recent photos, is there some difference in the lighting being used?
     
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    Hi ! I am always playing with the lighting using florescent,incandescent and natural or a mixture of them all,just for the fun of it.Cheers! John.
     

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