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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2017, 08:51:03 am »
Look forward to seeing the photos of the Philly Trolley layout when you post them.

A quick search online threw up some N gauge SEPTA trolleys (who would have thought it), so it has got me thinking. My layout is in the garage in a U shape and above it is a shelf. If I was to lower the shelf a bit I would have enough space for a terminus to terminus trolley system, either double track or single track with a passing loop. Along the back I could have classic Philly architecture, I would need some electric trickery to automatically control the trolley so that it goes out, stops, returns, stops ad infinitum. Suggestions as to how I could automate it are welcome!

Thanks again for the inspiration!


We've wandered a bit off the original topic here, but these are the "SEPTA" trolleys that are on my "East Tyrone" portable layout, They are actually constructed using a Japanese plastic kit of 4 tramcars (Greenmax, having looked it up..) containing 2 old style and 2 new style cars , that I bought secondhand a few years back.

The 2 modern looking cars look rather like the Kawasaki built Philly trams, so were just converted to right hand running by moving the passenger doors and some other detail changes. One of the old ones was just painted up as a "preserved" car in a vaguely "Red Arrow Lines" livery.
Not the best of pictures, but I havent extracted the layout from its resting place yet and these are the best I have on the computer at the moment!

Bachmann do a PCC car in N, which is available in SEPTA livery, if you want an operating tramway, though it is not a very accurate bodyshape and I believe they still have a tendency for the drive gears to crack, a problem that besets their Brill bogie car as well - as I know from personal experience in N scale (and their G-Scale 4 wheelers too.....)
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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2017, 09:22:57 am »
Have now finished off the last few low relief buildings for one particular corner of the new layout.



Whilst the two smaller buldings are IHC "Homes of Yesterday & today" kits - purchased in Las Vegas 20 years ago, suitably chopped in half, the large one is a bit of cheating, as it actually a Kestrel kit for the UK market !
However, it is of a similar style (or rather, close enough) for some of the older eastern US cities. The horizontal window spacing is a bit close, but on other examples I have managed to squeeze in some shutters to make them a bit more "North American".
I used a row of them converted to low-relief on my "East Tyrone" portable layout...



Having now extracted the portable layout from its storage place, I have a few better photos of the trams, but will post those in the "Trams" thread, as that seems more relevant.

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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2017, 10:06:01 am »
That looks fantastic!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2017, 10:13:56 am »
Good job! Those Kestrel kits really have scrubbed up well!

You mention cheating by using Kestrel kits to represent American houses but I'm using some DPM kits to represent British buildings! This isn't something that is new either, I know such conversions have appeared in the N Gauge Society magazine on occasions. Also, there is at least on 2mm finescale layout the heavily uses adapted American and continental kits to represent a slice of south London to great effect.

Looking forward to the next installment!

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« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2017, 09:19:27 am »
A photograph showing some of the buildings mentioned above in situ on the layout, now that the scenery is starting to progress.....

The flash makes the colours somewhat brighter than they really are though. Not a vast amount of natural light in the room, not to mention the fact that my OO layout is above where I am working on the N layout, which doesn't help!
Still lots more detailing to add as yet, and a building will end up occupying the stone base to the right of the picture.
The tram is in line for a repaint as well at some stage, though I have already removed the trolley poles and fitted a home-made pantograph.

I'm going to start a seperate thread on the layout construction, most probably later today, so watch out or "Bredfield and Wrights Ferry" in that section!

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2017, 10:36:02 am »
Hi Mike

I've found that the flash on my camera tends to make things brighter than I like. I suggest turning off the flash and sticking the camera on a tripod or holding it as still as you can. You may get a better photographic effect. Worth a try.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2017, 08:50:28 am »
A couple more off the production line..........!

These are for the Town centre end of the current baseboard being worked on.

The hotel is a straight transplant from the previous layout - constructed from a DPM kit - though I have now mounted it on a suitable base for its new location.

Have a look at Wikipedia if you don't know who John Winthrop was........

The low relief row of buildings are built from one DPM kit - the rear of  the shop kit being used to make the tenement block next to it, and the other halves of the Kestrel & IHC buildings used in a previously illustrated project.
All had to be "doctored" to fit the 1 in 11 gradient on the roadway at this point.

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« Reply #22 on: February 26, 2017, 08:58:30 am »
You're a genius, sir. Love the buildings, and adapting them to the gradient is very impressive.

Triple thumbs up here!  :thumbsup: :beers:
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« Reply #23 on: February 26, 2017, 10:30:55 am »
Mike, I love the John Winthrop Hotel especially. Do you know about Miller Engineering lighted signs? Some of them have to do with pubs and hotels and I reckon you could get some superb looking scenes with a bit of neon action enhancing what look to me like very nice building kits.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #24 on: February 26, 2017, 10:53:35 am »
Mike, I love the John Winthrop Hotel especially. Do you know about Miller Engineering lighted signs? Some of them have to do with pubs and hotels and I reckon you could get some superb looking scenes with a bit of neon action enhancing what look to me like very nice building kits.

Webbo

Yes, I have seen their products for sale in M.B.Kleins emporium in Baltimore/Cockeysville in the past, but never bothered with them. My signage was produced on an old desktop publishing program at a fraction of the cost! (particularly given current USD:GPB exchange rates.....)

Incidentally, I'm a bit puzzled how I seem to be called "Mike", as I don't think my name has been mentioned anywhere, but it isn't Mike (and neither is my surname Hunt....) - It's actually Steve!

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #25 on: February 26, 2017, 10:56:44 am »
Don't worry, Steve.... late at night here in Australia, and Webbo lives in Canberra after all  ;D ;) :thumbsup:
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« Reply #26 on: February 26, 2017, 08:47:58 pm »
Don't worry, Steve.... late at night here in Australia, and Webbo lives in Canberra after all  ;D ;) :thumbsup:

Oooooh! :smiley-laughing:

Steve  :sorrysign:, You'll be Steve from now on.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #27 on: March 02, 2017, 09:17:02 am »
Another "refresh" of a building off the previous layout which was then fitted to a base for its new location.

The police car is a resin kit of a '50 2-door Chevy with a bit of wire mounted into the roof to make the red light and then painted up in suitable colours.
At least I found a figure in a suitable "E'vnin all" pose to stand outside the front doors!

Next job is a bit more involved, as I've got to scratchbuild a low relief church to finish this section of street off...
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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #28 on: March 10, 2017, 07:10:07 am »
The low relief church is now more-or-less finished..........



I managed to find three suitable arched windows in the spares box, the remainder of the building being constructed from some embossed plastic brick sheeting and a variety of plastic strip & sheet oddments, mainly left over from other projects. The spire is made from thin cardboard.
It's not based on any particular prototype, having made it as a generic Georgian style New England church, based on some I have photographed in the past.
Some more minor detailing is required and it may gain a clock face on the tower at some point as well.

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Re: Rowhouses (and other US buildings)
« Reply #29 on: March 10, 2017, 07:24:17 am »
Great stuff!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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