TomlinsonRunRR posted:
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John,

Your layout modeling is superb. The road elevations in the background, the angles and contours of the earthworks, and that great retaining wall have a look of authenticity and familiarity.  I could swear that I saw that very scene in drives around where I live.

I agree fully with this post, almost exactly what I thought when I saw this photo.

This is an excellent case of modelling what looks right in the real world, and not modelling someone else's layout. I, too, can see the reality of this scene and how it looks "right" to me, like a real place in every way.

I especially like the building, was that a kit or scratch built?

Lee, thanks for asking about John S's building -- I was about to do the same. 

John, you have modeled my favorite kind of gas station/repair shop -- the type with the drive-under roof.  It is so iconic.  I've been looking at Menard's half-building as a start but I have no scratch building skills.  Please enlighten us.  The guard-rails (?) in the distance are also of interest.  Along with the lights and raised road, they really set off the auto lot scene by tying in additional "transportation/road" elements.

TRRR

Thanks again guys

Melgar:  It's a 1959 Alfa Giulietta Spider. It was my first car. I paid $700.00 for it using money I made from two paper routes.   Its only worth about a hundred times that today. That was in 1967, when I was still in high school. My father did not want me to buy it, because he did not think it would be very reliable.  Two weeks after I got it the timing chain broke. And rather than prove him right, I fixed the bloody thing (which is not trivial on an Alfa) under the cover of darkness.  It was the first car I ever worked on.  I learned a lot from that experience. Including how to read Italian.  

Lee and Tomlinson.. That is a Branchline Trains O Scale gas station, a wood kit, which I modified into the office:

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By the way, that Reventlow Scarab in the right hand garage is the only car on the lot I have not owned.  But I always wanted one. I am just a few several million dollars short. 

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MELGAR posted:

Studebakers. I thought they were strange-looking when I was a youngster. I still do but have them on my layout because they are perfect for the early 1950s. I am also pretty sure that they didn't come in metallic-blue paint in those days.

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 Mel I just noticed that ice cream guy that so neat who makes it

John Sethian posted:

Thanks again guys

Melgar:  It's a 1959 Alfa Giulietta Spider. It was my first car. I paid $700.00 for it using money I made from two paper routes.   Its only worth about a hundred times that today. That was in 1967, when I was still in high school. My father did not want me to buy it, because he did not think it would be very reliable.  Two weeks after I got it the timing chain broke. And rather than prove him right, I fixed the bloody thing (which is not trivial on an Alfa) under the cover of darkness.  It was the first car I ever worked on.  I learned a lot from that experience. Including how to read Italian.  

Lee and Tomlinson.. That is a Branchline Trains O Scale gas station, a wood kit, which I modified into the office:

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By the way, that Reventlow Scarab in the right hand garage is the only car on the lot I have not owned.  But I always wanted one. I am just a few several million dollars short. 

 John that is very nice I like the night look  it’s so real  thanks for posting 

John Sethian posted:

Well, if you are going to show cars, you might as well show car lots.  JD Motors  has a model of every car I ever owned.  All in the correct color as well. (Its not that hard to repaint most die cast cars)

The sign is a nod to the fact that my layout is set in 1956, but a lot of the cars were built after that.

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John thanks for posting I like how the landscaping in the back ground slopes down gives it a little more depth perception you did a great job.

Quarter Gauger 48 posted:

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 Quarter gauge.  thanks for posting those trucks I like those  KB  internationals  you got there my grandpa own three of those back in the 50s my dad learned how to drive those old KB’s 

Thanks Lee'..  The blue one is actually a Russian truck and from Russia.  I  got  several  cars and trucks on Ebay from a guy in Russia a few years back.  To my surprise, they were all made in China, stamped with Russian names and models.

Here's few shots of the various vehicles... I detail, and add figures to most of my vehicles trying to bring them to life a little bit... {BTW) you have a great collection and have done some really nice work on your trucks'.. very nice in fact'..

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This is a Russian van'.. I left the plate on it'.. it's a livery vehicle on the layout'..

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John Sethian posted:

Melgar:  It's a 1959 Alfa Giulietta Spider. It was my first car. I paid $700.00 for it using money I made from two paper routes.   Its only worth about a hundred times that today. That was in 1967, when I was still in high school. My father did not want me to buy it, because he did not think it would be very reliable.  Two weeks after I got it the timing chain broke. And rather than prove him right, I fixed the bloody thing (which is not trivial on an Alfa) under the cover of darkness.  It was the first car I ever worked on.  I learned a lot from that experience. Including how to read Italian.

John,

I owned three Alfas - two Giulia Spiders and a GT Veloce. Your experience was very similar to mine. And I also learned the Italian words for quite a few car parts...

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lee drennen posted:

 QG48.  thanks for posting more pics. I’ve heard of that Russian truck it look so much  like a KB. Thanks for the complement on my truck o just enjoy building trucks and trains in this scale it’s easier for me and I like the size. 

I agree Lee'.  I was into HO years ago, Quickly dabbled in N. Started a 1/24 car collection and started scratch building structures for the cars.  Talk about about taking up space.. I switched to 1/48 and of course had to have a layout. And the rest is history.  I like the performance of the O Gauge trains.  With the sound and enhanced authenticity of today's trains, it's like having a real railway in your basement.  And of course the 1/43 cars & trucks go along with them. And add the forums and You Tube and it keeps it interesting and fun...

 

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MELGAR posted:

'53 Ford pickup under the trestle.

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 Very nice Mel you really have a nice layout and the vehicles just set it off 

Thanks very much Lee. I appreciate it. Just spent five years building this retirement project 10X5 layout (article in OGR Run 304) and now am bored without layout work to keep me busy. Also not much room to expand.

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70559920-E8AC-4773-9E62-CB232EF67B660EB38641-B474-446F-A600-0F5FBF8C2456This old Mack H has been sitting and waiting for me to rebuild it. I bought it from Dans models from Romania after about a year the Resin frame started sagging so I took it apart fix the frame the paint was supposed be  Red but it was actually a orangey red but terrible color so I repainted the cab what I had of the part I didn’t like the wheels so I added some dominoes wheels and tires and use the kit tires for the front.  After a lot of work this afternoon I was getting tired so I’ll start fresh on painting the details and finishing this truck up tomorrow I’ll post more pics  when the truck  is finished 

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B48696B8-462F-4506-ACC8-2C3AD7AD0B73 I almost forgot maybe some or you guys have already done this but  I was wanting to change the airhorn and as I looked at the existing horn it  look just like a HO scale locomotive airhorn so went to my HO parts bin and found a detailed west set of airhorns and I used one you can also use these on your pick ups light Trucks and Semis I thought I would just pass this along in case you guys have a never done this 

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Heres a update as promised on the Mack N series 

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Here's an oddity. Why would a Mexican toy store be selling a 1948 Mercury Custom? In a 1949 Batman movie serial, the Caped Crusader drove a 1948 Mercury convertible, but it wasn't painted like this one. But I saw this identical car today being driven by the Metropolis Police Department on the old Superman TV series.SUNP0009 [2)SUNP0011 [2)1949-Batman-and-Robin-Serial-1949-Mercury-Eight-Convertible-9CM-76-Batmobile

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Okay Lee'... If you take the same size photograph of  real life COE Mack, and place it next to your work of art model, there is no way to distinguish between the two'.  I have to second what John S has said.  You are a master at re-configuring these trucks!!!  This COE is absolutely  beautiful'...

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lee drennen posted:

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Immaculate job Lee!  You work wonders with truck models!  The Mack H reminds me of when I was a kid.  There was a small trucking company in my neighborhood which probably owned 6 or 8 of those Mack H tractors.  I would see them all the time going past the house.   My best friend's dad was a truck driver and he owned a Mack H.  I rode in it many times.  Thanks for the memories!

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

Lee, 

Thanks for your great energy keeping this thread active.  I really like your Mack H, since there were so many of them in cities throughout the northeast-my turf. 

 

John,

Your used car lot inspired me to start something similar.  I have many models of cars I owned, but they are housed in a local Texaco station, awaiting PZC approval for a new building and lot:

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Still looking for a 1966 Chevy Bel Air and a 1974 Chevy Vega (true, I did actually own one) .  Several VW and Audi iterations are stored offsite awaiting the new lot. Lol 

From the 1967 MGB to the current Porsche Cayenne Turbo, the expansion is clearly necessary.  Please write our local PZC in support of our application!

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A few vehicles from my layout.  Fire engines ( sorry if I already posted these ), Chevy tractor with Fruehauf REA trailer,  a US Mail jeep from back in the day when this was the standard mail delivery vehicle, Ford pickups, Mack B fire engine in green and white, Masey Ferguson farm tractor,  Santana's Produce custom run 1930's Ford truck with reffer box, a Phillips Seafood custom run 1930's Ford with reffer box, and some VW pickups in bottom photo with 1953 Chevy Good Humor Ice Cream truck. IMG_4171IMG_4177IMG_4244IMG_4725IMG_4873IMG_4821IMG_4823IMG_4989IMG_4955IMG_5005

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

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QG48. Thanks for the complement I’ve been trying to get this layout off the ground for 3yrs and you guys are a big influence on me getting things done on it. Once again thank you 

Patrick. I’m glad I could take you down memory lane  I would’ve liked to rode in one of these. My dad drove one in the 60s from here ( Missouri ) to  Pennsylvania and New York hole in pipe. 

Don. Thanks for the complement  it was a fun build. I always wanted a thread like this  to see your vehicles and your vehicles on your layouts  thanks for help me keep it going. That’s a nice car lot with all these Mack’s I just might have to start a Mack dealership on Dough Hill 

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A few vehicles from my layout.  Fire engines ( sorry if I already posted these ), Chevy tractor with Fruehauf REA trailer,  a US Mail jeep from back in the day when this was the standard mail delivery vehicle, Ford pickups, Mack B fire engine in green and white, Masey Ferguson farm tractor,  Santana's Produce custom run 1930's Ford truck with reffer box, a Phillips Seafood custom run 1930's Ford with reffer box, and some VW pickups in bottom photo with 1953 Chevy Good Humor Ice Cream truck. IMG_4171IMG_4177IMG_4244IMG_4725IMG_4873IMG_4821IMG_4823IMG_4989IMG_4955IMG_5005

Patrick 

I love that farmers market pics and that ford AA did you custom make it? 

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