U.S. Landmarks

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by FauxNews, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. FauxNews

    FauxNews New Member

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    Are they made? If there is a line of German Castles, why isn't there a line of national monuments etc? Or am I missing something?

    Specifically I'm looking for the St. Louis Arch, or Mount Rushmore, though I don't think I'll find any luck, I've already had to make a custom built "Cadillac Ranch" which mainly consisted of buying some cadillacs at Target and sawing them in half....
  2. LongIslandTom

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    Well... The thing with those monuments is that they are BIG.

    The Gateway Arch at St. Louis for instance would be 8 feet tall when modeled in HO scale. Mount Rushmore would be similarly big.. The casual modeler wouldn't have room for those on a small pike.

    I think the easier way of doing that would be to paint it into your backdrop.
  3. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Love the Cadillac Ranch idea. Post a pictue if you can! Can't say I've ever seen models of any of the famous landmarks (with the possible exception of the Empire State Building as a 3-D puzzle) but I do recall a article long ago in Model Railroader in which a modeler created a whimsical Mt. Rushmore from plaster castings. Are you doing a Route 66 theme?
    Ralph
  4. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

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    the arch could be made at a scaled down size out of sheet styrene.must be out of touch the only Cadillac ranch I rember hearing about was a high priced bordello.:)
  5. spyder62

    spyder62 New Member

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    No, that was the Mustang Ranch just east of Reno Nv. :)
    Never was there when it was open :oops: but would be a good model as it was the only U.S. Goverment run bordello ever, that was after the IRS took it over for back taxes.sign1
    rich
  6. sdduckguy

    sdduckguy New Member

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    I did try and model Mt Rushmore on my layout. I'm VERY loosely modeling Deadwood Dakota Territory and tried as an amusing chronological anomaly adding MT Rushmore. I found a resin cast statue on ebay that's about 6 in long and 4 in wide. I built a steep mountain out of layers of 2" foam and embedded the faces at the top. It's totally out of time context and scale, but with a little imagination about forced perspective it works. It sits proudly overseeing the layout from one corner.

    Done by a proud South Dakotan!
  7. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Sounds like fun Bill!
    Ralph
  8. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    The Cadillac Ranch is on route 66 in Texas. A rancher there started buying old Cadillacs and burying them nose down along the highway with the tailfins in the air. There are probably 6 or so Cadillacs buried in a row.
    www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/TXAMAcadillac.html