Skyscrapers

Tbone Apr 16, 2008

  1. upstate gator

    upstate gator TrainBoard Member

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    Pete,
    Commercial Real Estate Information and Construction Data / Emporis.com has a wealth of information on skyscrapers organized by city. They include the build dates and pictures. I believe the steel and glass really took off in the late 1950s.

    For example, Buildings of Chicago / Emporis.com has information on Chicago skyscrapers. My understanding is that the skyline there was relatively stable from 1928 until the 1950s.

    Buildings of Boston / Emporis.com has information on skyscrapers in Boston.

    Ben
     
  2. Pete Nolan

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    Steve,

    There's a 38-story tower just to the left, out of the picture, that was put up in the late 60s (38 Merchant Street?) My first wife worked there before we moved to the suburbs in 1972.

    Now to my railroad. There's a 15/17 story building in the image below, to the far left.

    It would take at least 15 DPM Hilltown Hotel kits to build just one 15-story skyscraper in the right configuration. That's $210 right there. Hmm, now that I figure it, that's not so bad, when I look at some of the big Walthers kits. I could reduce the footprint quite easily and get the price down to about $150.

    There are three other skyscrapers holding up my second deck, literally. They are smaller, but would require another 15 kits, using the hotel. Not a huge expenditure for me, but do I really want all the skyscrapers to look the same?

    In this image, towards the left, is a nine-story building built from two five-story DPM hotels. Obviously, I had to cut off the first story windows and doors for the second addition.

    [​IMG]

    Next to it on the left is a printed foam core box that's much larger. I scanned DPM modules and built up prints with Photoshop. Building it from cut up DPM hotels would take a bit of work and money (see above). But it's doable, and will be done.

    The tall building at right center could be anything. At the time of the photo, it was just a wrapped printed paper box--it still is! But I'll have to do something different in the future.

    This is a really old image, but it may help people decide how to build skyscrapers.
     
  3. Grey One

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  4. Pete Nolan

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    I remember that one very well. And the Plywood Ranch tower. And even the Pru going up while I was in high school. Boston was pretty much a dump in the 1950s.
     
  5. subwayaz

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    Approximately $120 US, kind of expensive to my taste. But nice work none the less
     
  6. subwayaz

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    Some really imaginative work done there. And quite good lends food for thought. Thanks for sharing the links
     
  7. Bernard

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    Subwayaz,
    I'm a little confused by your post.

    The figure of $120.00, are you are talking about the Kato buildings?
    The cost of 1 building is 2340 yen which converts to $22.75 US. Multiply that by 2 and you get $45.50, multiply by 3 and you get $68.25. Estimate the shipping is between $15.00 & $20.00 (But they offer a points system with purchases that you can deduct from the shipping) So an 18 story building would appox. cost $88-$90.00, a 12 story building $65-$68.00.

    But if you were taking about German Skyscraper, you're right, that's appox. $95.00 US plus shipping would come to about $120.00 US.

    I agree, that's a lot for a building, but it sure is a nice one.
     
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  8. subwayaz

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    I'm talking about the European Ebay link posted earlier which when you goto the link; the figure posted is 57euros + shipping whcih would equate to approx $120 US.
    However I have used the guy from Modern Structures on US Ebay and must admit that I like his Skyscrapers and his prices($46.50incl shp)
    But I do agree with you the German Skyscrapers are Very nice. Having just one would be nice to augment the others.
     
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  9. sysdfg

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  10. OC Engineer JD

    OC Engineer JD Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Wow! Those are some great looking buildings....oops.... skyscrapers! :)
     
  11. subwayaz

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    Really! nice Skyscrapers there thanks for sharing much appreciated:thumbs_up:
     
  12. Pete Nolan

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    Unfortunately, these are 1 inch to 150 feet, or 1:1800 scale. Which makes them not so cheap after all, besides being unsuitable.
     
  13. sysdfg

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    DOH! I thought it seemed kinda small when I looked at a ruler. They still make for a good picture to design from though.
     
  14. Tbone

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    Great photos nevertheless.
     
  15. gregamer

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    I just saw an ad in the back of MRR for Lunde Studios Kits. I checked out their web site and was quite impressed. I ordered the N-Scale "Stump Tower" for $39.
     
  16. Scaper

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    I've built lots of skyscrapers in N scale, so have my friends. I've not even started my layout yet as I'm still building city structures. I've got probably 15 more skyscrapers to build. My entire layout is going to be an urban layout. A large Metropolis with an industrial yard, cranes, ships, skyscrapers, people, bullet train, factories with container cranes leading to freighters and cranes. I've got so much work to do before I even start designing my layout.

    you can check some of my more favorite personal skyscrapers on my Flickr account here...
    My favorite N scale buildings skyscrapers high rises factories stores etc 1:160 skyscraper models - a set on Flickr

    Here's the one I built last... I made it from 4 bralick buildings from Walthers...
    [​IMG]

    Anyways happy skyscraper building! It's fun and there's lots you can do.

    You can check out my friend's blog and see the amazing model he's scratch building here...

    Rotating Coupler

    Probably the most impressive high rise N scale buildings I've seen yet! He's built a few now.

    Also I have some other friend's on Flickr and another n scale website that are like me... total N scale Urbanites!

    Cheers, Bob
     
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  18. BoxcabE50

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    Scaper-

    Welcome to TrainBoard!

    Thanks for sharing the photos and links. :D

    Boxcab E50
     
  19. bigford

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    scaper

    welcome to the group, ive seen your work before and i must say WOW!!!!!
     
  20. Tbone

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    WOW is right!!! That is one awesome building.I cant imagine seeing that with 15 others on an N scale layout.
     

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