A couple of days ago over lunch at work several of us got off onto this weird discussion about using a Middle Earth (i.e. Lord of the Rings) type location for a model railroad, and what industries could be modeled. Here's some of our brainstorms: 1. Mythryl ore mine (Metal used to make Elven armor.) Typical generic mine structures could be used, or it could be something a little more unique, like just a hole in a cliff with a trestle emerging from it, where a small (Z-scale?) ore car would come out and dump its load into the car below. The loads could look like bright green rocks or something, who know what mythryl ore looks like anyway? 2. Iron wood logging. (Used in making arrow shafts, spear handles, etc.) Again, a typical logging industry could be modeled. But the trees could be unique. Maybe resembling telephone poles except with a crown on top - picture palms with straight trunks? And my favorite - 3. Hide leaves (Leaves that after being processed can be used similar to leather). The plants resemble giant cabbages, with individual leaves measuring maybe 6 ft by 10 ft. Specially bred (by hobbits?) for color, maybe green, blue, reddish brown, etc. The plants themselves aren't harvested, just the "ripe" leaves, which are cut off, rolled up, and loaded onto flats or gons. Processing plant could resemble a tannery. The whole concept is kinda like Xtreme free-lancing, but sounds fun! Any ideas on how to model a hobbit house?