"Back to the future"

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  1. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

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    Wondering if any of you have ever seen a layout depicting the city of the future from the 1920's. Like from the movie Metropolis.

    I have toyed with the idea for along time. I model in HO but If I did attemp it I'm thinking N would be the scale of choice for a project like this.

    t.
  2. Bill Stone

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    That would be a neat project for someone with imagination.

    I have a book (just looked for it, but couldn't find it --- probably loaned out, never to return) that was a pictorial record of past predictions for the future. Everything from elevated steam trains (I mean really elevated --- 20 stories or so off the ground) chugging around from building to building, to what looked like iron blimps weaving their way between skyscrapers.

    The book was a testament to the futility of predicting the future.

    (I think it was in Scientific American, that an article was printed some time in the 19th century, predicting that if a train went faster than 50 or so miles an hour, it's occupants would be rendered insane!)

    Bill S
  3. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

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    :D :rolleyes: :D :rolleyes: :D wonder if thats where we get the phrase "Are you insane?"

    It's something I'll probably attemp in the future. It would be a good reason to attempt a helix.
    In Nscale How tall would that make frank L. wright's mile high skyscraper.
  4. Tyson Rayles

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    33 real feet I think.
  5. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

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    :eek: Hmmm.. If I built it I could become famous for having the tallest model railroad structure in the world. It also could be the first garden Nscale layout. :D
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    I still recall IBM's famous forecast back in the 60's I think it was, that the market for computers was probably about eight - total.
  7. Vic

    Vic Active Member

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    Hi T, Nope I haven't seen any layout like that but its an idea. :)

    I think that Charlie said he was starting one based on Harry Potter but haven't seen any further posting. Bring us up to date Charlie.:D

    Here's some more movie themes.....Gotham City from Batman...Not the TV series but the dark and foreboding city from the comics books...or the little seaport town from the movie Popeye...forgot what it was named.:D Or even Atlanta (Terminus) from Gone With The Wind.