1 x 3 ft town

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Bill Pontin, May 30, 2002.

  1. Bill Pontin

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    Still working on my "N" track modules, working on my town of "Grizzly Summit". Setting an entire town up in such a limited space has been a real challange, I drew on a lot of ideas put out in this forum, especially some of yours Charlie. Have built all the structures up to a point to get their footprint and every night for several weeks I would rearrange the whole town, think I got it now. The town is laid out on a piece of 1/8" ply which I plan on cutting up for each building and it's surrounding lot. This jig-saw puzzle like idea will allow me to work at my bench on each stucture and it's landscaping. I'm pretty sure I can hide all the seams with sidewalk overlaps on the road, hedge rows and what not. Working at a bench will allow for a lot more detailing without having to bend over the layout. Each structure section will get glued in place as I complete them. The blue masking tape is the road outline, that and the spur track bed will be one continuous and interesting looking piece.

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    Here is an overhead shot of the town. It should be pretty clear as to where I have to cut out and section the plywood for each structure.

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  3. Bill Pontin

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    Using my digital camera I was able to shot some structures I made on my home layout. I scaled, printed and attached them to foam. The foam I cut wedge shaped to provide a pleasing prespective.

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    whoops, wrong picture, that shows them in place. This I hope is the one I wanted to show you.

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    Hey we even got a main street. The structures in the background are from the DPM website. Cheated by copying and scaling them.
    (Shame on me :rolleyes: )

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    Future site of Don Trustum's used car lot.:D

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    Biull,
    You've done a great job of creating that illusion of depth, where there is actuall very little...
    I really like the way the RR, & the streets criss-cross through the town.
    Would love to see more!
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    This shold be good for more than a few ideas.:)
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Looks like the fun stage Bill setting up to get what feels right.
    The street level photo makes it all worth while. Great perspective.
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    Well I'm impressed! Can't wait to see more as the work progress's. :cool:
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    That looks great, Bill! And that's a very clever way to arrange the "flats," too. Thanks for the inspiration!
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    Thanks fellows. Just when I think I got things nailed down, I see things and make a change here and there. I have a feeling that this setup can be an advantage and disadvantage. Have to reach a point and say "that's it, go with it and get started!" So much to do before September. Here is a shot of both modules together.

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    Haven't even laid the track yet

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  14. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Great realistic rock work Bill . Awesome scenery for passengers to see.
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    Hi Bill,
    Terrific photo's and great idea for low relief structures, I was into N-scale some years ago, and did a similar kind of thing, but used real buildings cut up to represent structures in the town.

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    That's some first class rockwork Bill, Great Job:cool:.
    Looks like you are doing it the way the real guys do it, Scenery first, Track second :D :D.
    Keep us posted.

    Terry