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Incredible, Ted!  Great modeling, photos, and story telling.  A large part of the train hobby for me is story telling (even with just a carpet layout).  In addition to amazing prototype machines, scale electronics, and all that fun stuff, I ask what period or feeling are we evoking in our choices of engines, rail cars, and -- of course, trucks, buses, and autos?   This little glimpse into your layout speaks volumes about your talents and imagination and allows us to fill in details of the story ourselves with our own imaginations.  That "Otto" seems like a great guy; I hope he gets to take that Mercury for a spin :-).

TRRR

TomlinsonRunRR posted:

Incredible, Ted!  Great modeling, photos, and story telling.  A large part of the train hobby for me is story telling (even with just a carpet layout).  In addition to amazing prototype machines, scale electronics, and all that fun stuff, I ask what period or feeling are we evoking in our choices of engines, rail cars, and -- of course, trucks, buses, and autos?   This little glimpse into your layout speaks volumes about your talents and imagination and allows us to fill in details of the story ourselves with our own imaginations.  That "Otto" seems like a great guy; I hope he gets to take that Mercury for a spin :-).

TRRR

 Thanks very much Tom'.. just trying give a few laughs during all this turmoil and grief'... Be well, stay safe'...

Quarter Gauger 48 posted:

Otto, gives last minute driving instructions to his son, Alan, who recently got his drivers license, and is driving Otto's 1 Ton Chevy.  Otto is a plumber, and this is his favorite pick up'..

 

DSC_0866 Let's hope Alan follows instructions'..

Otto, recently had new front tires installed...

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Otto, loves his new Mercury, and hesitates getting dirty by driving it'..

 

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Otto, thinks he'll take her for a spin tomorrow if there's no rain in the forecast'..

 

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Ted, great scene above with the "Merc!"  You mentioned "Otto" and "Alan," but who is the lady on the front steps?  Nice detail on the figures, with distinctive  facial  expression and mustache on the father.  What brand figures?

Capetrainman posted:
Quarter Gauger 48 posted:

Otto, gives last minute driving instructions to his son, Alan, who recently got his drivers license, and is driving Otto's 1 Ton Chevy.  Otto is a plumber, and this is his favorite pick up'..

 

DSC_0866 Let's hope Alan follows instructions'..

Otto, recently had new front tires installed...

DSC_0861

 

 

DSC_0867

 

Otto, loves his new Mercury, and hesitates getting dirty by driving it'..

 

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Otto, thinks he'll take her for a spin tomorrow if there's no rain in the forecast'..

 

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Ted, great scene above with the "Merc!"  You mentioned "Otto" and "Alan," but who is the lady on the front steps?  Nice detail on the figures, with distinctive  facial  expression and mustache on the father.  What brand figures?

Paul, take a look at the "Picture a Day" thread'...  thanks for the Like'..

Well its been awhile since I posted my '37 Ford Semi and folks have really given me a lot of info on that truck and where to look for others.  I "discovered" the attached car while digging through my cabinets to make room for some new stuff so I thought the group might like to see it.

Its a 1931 Model A rumble seat roadster .  It was purchased from the "National Motor Museum Mint" by my mother in law and given to me as a gift years ago.  She and my father in law had an identical car they called "stinky" due to the constant burning of oil in the exhaust.  It has a lot of detail, even has an engine under the hood and some "wind wings" on the edges of the windshield.  Its hard to see, but the spare time covers on the fender have the "blue oval" of Ford on the cover.

 

Model A overviewModel A frontModel A rear

Enjoy and have a good weekend, stay healthy

Don McErlean

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Here are some I've collected in the past and worked over.

The 1955 Rolls by Verem and more recent '54 Jaguar were repainted and detailed to match specific autos for that scene.

The NY City Transit Authority bus by Corgi carries the early 1950's livery with Staten Island route and destination signs.  A driver resembling Ralph Cramden of 'The Honeymooners" is behind the wheel.

A 1954 Mercury convertible model from a South American manufacturer hauls a scratch built famed 'New Moon' trailer. I could not find a '53 Merc like the one used in the movie, but a '54  was close enough for me.

The 'buck tooth' Buick hard top was a rare find, the Studebaker with the 'aero-nose' was easier. Both were often seen when I was a teen. 

Sometime back,  the VW camper was often seen.  Here it's at the beach beside the B&NY main line.

The movie "The Yellow Rolls Royce" fascinated me, but I could not locate a '31 Rolls phantom saloon. So a '29 Lancia limousine filled in for it, refinished in classic Rolls yellow and black.  The green Hudson Hornet was a train show find. 

S. Islander

 

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  • VCity76a: 1955 Rolls and '54 Jag redone to match the actual cars owned by Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg in 1956..
  • SHORRD01: Corgi NYCTA GM bus, with back-dated paint job, Staten Island markings.
  • BNY83: A '54 Merc convertible hauls the 'Long, Long Trailer,' scratch built in styrene. Yes, she's holding a map, upside down.
  • STA01: An early Buck hard top and Studebaker coup at Rossiter Junction station.
  • BNY57: At the beach, with the VW camper parked nearby.
  • DEP22: A stand-in for the Yellow Rolls Royce  and Hudson Hornet  wait at the station.
Quarter Gauger 48 posted:

  Nice shots'.. where did you get those bikes.  I have some little people that would like to have a few of them....

those are schuco piccolo 1/48 scale motorcycles. they can be found occasionally on eBay but these days tend to be pricey. if your not a real stickler for scale or time period, mth makes two different groups of harley davidsons. but they’re 1/43 scale and all are modern. arttista also has a couple but, not modeled after any prototype. 

Jerrman posted:
Quarter Gauger 48 posted:

  Nice shots'.. where did you get those bikes.  I have some little people that would like to have a few of them....

those are schuco piccolo 1/48 scale motorcycles. they can be found occasionally on eBay but these days tend to be pricey. if your not a real stickler for scale or time period, mth makes two different groups of harley davidsons. but they’re 1/43 scale and all are modern. arttista also has a couple but, not modeled after any prototype. 

Jerrman, Thanks for the information'.. After scouring the web, I found a company in Germany, That has these in stock and ordered a bunch of them.  There was one on the bay, but as you stated, way overpriced. 

For others that may be interested, this is the company.. .https://nasshan.com/en/figuren...s-143/?p=1&n=200 

Great variety of all kinds/types of vehicles and motorcycles, figures, etc. and the prices are very good... and a very nice easy navigating web site...

OK guys - don't know about you but where I grew up in urban NJ in the summer every day about 7 pm just after supper time the ICE CREAM MAN would come around the neighborhood in his white truck and kids would stream out of back yards like ants.  I found this truck in Walgreens for the astounding expense of $5.99 and couldn't resist.  It has quite an amazing amount of detail even including the little swing out "STOP" sign that you see today on school buses.  It is going into my "Small Town" section of the layout so kids can get their summer treats even with the virus!!

It's basically a 1956 Ford F-100 chassis and cab with the refrigerator installed on the truck bed.  This model was made by a company called "Kinsmart" and it is a little big at 1/38.  It reminds me of the "Good Humor" ice cream trucks that used to come around our neighborhood although it does not carry a brand name.

 

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Happy weekend fellows

Don McErlean

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Wow, Don!  That ice cream truck is a great bargain!  Several of us have the 1:43 Road Champs 1953 Good Humor Chevy ice cream truck with the open cab.  It's nice to see a Ford version.  What great lines and I like the Stop sign, too.  (By the way, CVS also carries Kinsmart cars.)

Just last week an ice cream truck in 1:1 cruised my neighborhood.  It seemed a bit early in the season and he only drove by that one day.  Hopefully, your Small Town driver will get more kids.

Tomlinson Run Railroad

Tomlinsonrr: Thanks for the compliment on my ice cream truck...around here CVS and Walgreens seem to be on opposite corners so I will have to check their inventory as well Yes, the open cab versions did seem to be more common, most had some sort of convertible roof or just a tonneau cover that snapped into place.  You're lucky, to have one in your area, we don't seem to have ice cream trucks in our Texas neighborhood, not like Jersey!

Quarter Gauger 48 - Thanks for the Good Humor signs, have those downloaded and ready to try.  Kids having trouble with the name as you described must have been common...my Mom and Dad used to kid me that when I was small and the bells rang on the truck in the street in front of the house I would jump up and down yelling..."Good Zoomer, Good Zoomer"!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend guys

Don McErlean

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