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@Seth Thomas posted:

Mark

i used the Wheelers kit to make my auto sales business. I also used a real name. Not connected to the transformer as yet but it sets on the layout. Attached are some photos as I prepared the building.

I enjoyed the kit. Most of my time completing the building was finding the character figures and waiting on my orders.

👍😁  Seth, Excellent build!!!  Not easy making those Atlas kits look realistic.  (BTW) there is a 'Waggoner' Jeep dealership, located on route 7,  New Milford, CT... Family business since the 40s....

😁👍Nice to see you build a dealership in your town'.. That looks like quite a facility.  Did you build it Mark'..?  Every town needs one or two auto lots,  For instance my new layout will have two dealers and a heavy truck outlet as well....  Lots of construction coming up in Ponderville...  Here's a few shots of recent progress....

This what you get when one retires and down sizes from a full basement and a garage and a half to a Sunroom and sheds..  AND, going from 15'X 30' to 4'X 16' O Scale'...😏 and starting over...(LOL)  I recon it beats having nothing at all.  At least that is what I'm told'...😁

This sun room has been completely converted from a tin box to a 4 -IMG20240519131139season room. New insulated roof, windows, insulated walls, celling,  carpeting; electrical power racetracks, outlets, switches, and carpeting,  blinds...  The layout will be smaller, however, I will be comfortable...Well worth the expense'... This design has  no underneath wiring.  No crawling on the floor required...
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😁👍Nice to see you build a dealership in your town'.. That looks like quite a facility.  Did you build it Mark'..?  Every town needs one or two auto lots,  For instance my new layout will have two dealers and a heavy truck outlet as well....  Lots of construction coming up in Ponderville...  Here's a few shots of recent progress....

This what you get when one retires and down sizes from a full basement and a garage and a half to a Sunroom and sheds..  AND, going from 15'X 30' to 4'X 16' O Scale'...😏 and starting over...(LOL)  I recon it beats having nothing at all.  At least that is what I'm told'...😁

This sun room has been completely converted from a tin box to a 4 -IMG20240519131139season room. New insulated roof, windows, insulated walls, celling,  carpeting; electrical power racetracks, outlets, switches, and carpeting,  blinds...  The layout will be smaller, however, I will be comfortable...Well worth the expense'... This design has  no underneath wiring.  No crawling on the floor required...
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Ted, looking forward to seeing your layout come together... even with smaller space than your prior layout, I'm sure your scenes, people, cars and trains will be among the best in the hobby!  I didn't realize your prior layout was 15' x 30'...must have been quite the chore to take it down for the move...

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@Mark Boyce posted:

Ted, thank you!  It looks like you have a great new place to display lots of vehicles!!

Actually, this kit is basically a snap together like the old Plasticville kits.  I did not realize that when I bought it.  However, that made it easy to do a mock-up to see how it might work out.

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It will need a complete scratch built interior which will be fun.  Here’s a closeup of the cars I staged in front to see how much space it would take.

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Mark, that's a great building for the dealership...I may have used the same one for the Chevy dealership.  Nice car collection too...can't wait to see the finished product...

Ben T just came out of the general store to find two admires looking over his '57 Bel Air...having saved his money from a paper route over the past five years, Ben was finally able to buy a lightly used '57 convertible in his favorite "Surf Green" color from Djer's Auto sales in town.  Ben's motto these days is "I'm in heaven in my '57...!  Ben is sure to be seen at the upcoming Saturday night GM rallies at Bob's General Store across town this summer.  Bob just had a fresh coat of asphalt applied with vibrant white striping in anticipation of a busy summer season...

Bel Air 3

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Walther's short venture into O-scale. These plastic kits, were designed, to be assembled, with out glue adhesives.  The idea was, that model train structures, were seasonal.  Each model, could be dis-assembled, and stored, in the original box, until the next Christmas Holiday season.  There was/were three or four of these kits in O-scale, several more kits HO.  Another popular kit was the Gasoline station.  Eventually Walthers sold "Built-ups", already assembled, model buildings, based on current model railroad trend, (Out of the box, onto the layout).

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No Pretty Layout pictures here, just a build.

Started with thismack1

Stock New Ray 1/43 Mack

Finished with thismack2

Cut the tandems off a New Ray Peterbilt and reattached, Added Don Mills west coast mirrors, painted the clearance lights, turn signals, and gave it a chrome front bumper.  I may add a second stack.

While 1/43 is too big for my liking mixed with O scale trains, I do have multiple models to that scale I keep separate for just what they are.

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Ted, I share the same thoughts with you as I took down my layout a few short years ago after a 10 year build-out.  It took me a year to take it down.  The first day of take down was the most difficult,  but the light will shine again once you get into your new layout and the creative ideas begin to flow again...

👍😉  Indeed Paul,  I am enjoying my new build.. I'm doing things different and will have several different attractions, I've been planning for some time now...  It is a lot of work in some respects. However, I've learned so many short cuts for so many different construction technics I am enjoying putting it all to use... Thanks for your thoughts'...

The "boss" arrived at the door plant early today! With warm temps for this time of year, he took the '57 Olds convertible, top down.  He's greeted by his admin assistant, who drove across town early in her '65 Impala, pushing her 327 to be first to arrive at the plant!  The landscapers were off to an early start before the sun rose this morning, as the truck driver, with a fresh load of clear jambs, waits for the forklift guy to arrive for unloading...

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