I once built a military base.

Hi everyone.

You don't seem to see many O scale military bases I built one and ran it for a couple of years it was interesting both in building it and operating it notice I added another dead end spur at the warehouse the traffic got that busy!

I was surprised at the amount of military rolling stock available. I painted a 44 tonner in US Army colours for the base. I have more photos somewhere. When I dismantled the base for a Steel mill I put the large warehouse out the front of the house on a junk collection and someone took it within an hour don't ask me where it ended up but O scale here in Perth is rare as oil rigs !  Roo.

 

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 The US army in action! Probably more the engineers or railway division if they still have one. 

Here is a photo of the new spur being built they even had an armed guard watching ! The 44 tonner seems to have a hopper of ballast ready. If I had triple the space I would have kept all these scenes and models but I'm grateful for what I have so i live with smashing down things after a couple of years not any more though the Steel mill is the last great project for me that's for sure! I still have lots to build, not dead yet. I have "retired" from magazine articles can't do everything age (and the grandkids) do slow you down a little bit. Anyway it's fun.  Roo.

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Looks great, Roo! My new layout is being built with (at this time, at least) a U.S. Army logistics depot theme. I have all the locomotives and rolling stock (various eras) that I will ever need, with more always on the way. I would need a huge amount of space to handle it all, but really want to keep the layout itself quite simple, but with a number of switching opportunities because operational capability is a primary goal. Will also include a bit of era-appropriate passenger service and interchange capability with the Ohio Central.

You did a great job with yours, and I likely will "borrow" some ideas from you.

All my Military units will be in transit to kick some despots caboose,  however I will be building a Nikey base, I love Nikes, it was the first model I built.  I have nine Nikes, that should do it. I will build the base after we move to the our new house.

BTW I did a little research at the museum at Angels Gate Park, which is a former Nike base protecting the Los Angeles harbor. That building in the background is the current home of the Angels Gate Hi Railers club.

That was nice work Roo

 

I know where I have been, I know where I am at, I am hopeful I know where I am going.(The devil and God are talking it over).

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Very cool!!!!!!  I might even say "EXCELLENT".   That is one thing I am including in my layout if I ever get around to gettin' off my butt and building it.  Procrastinator here.  I already have quite a bit of military equip both in O scale and in G scale.  Tanks for the pics.

Rick

Roo,  Nice work on your US military base.  I immediately was drawn to your selection of vehicles.  I assume they are kit built 1:48 scale.  I got into 1:48 scale German/U.S. armor model building 2 years ago in order to build stock for a transition to O gauge trains.  I am planning a WWII european setting with a Harbor diorama as my first scene.  Still all on paper though!  Also noticed your are near Perth Australia.  Back in the late 80's, I spent a week in your lovely city while deployed to a US Navy base in Diego Garcia.  Your Post brought back memories of long ago and far away.  Cheers!

 

Jim

VERY good work.

I've spent a lot of time researching railroad facilities in WW2 and rail-loaded vehicles countless time on active duty from 98 to 2001. You nailed the look of a railhead.

The three things almost everyone screws up is modelling rolling stock paint and markings that never existed, crew served weapons still mounted on in guarded vehicles, and facilities that are too tight with too many unrelated things going on at the same time.

You did a good job with one of the most realistic representations I think I've ever seen on a layout.

Thank you all so much for the kind remarks I've been feeling a bit down lately.

I have been writing a talk for the local club on Railroads and their part in Steel Mills, it's exhausting, I should never have taken it on, I am not a public speaker. I refused help from more experienced speakers as I prefer to use my own "working class" language otherwise I get to confused I want to keep it simple.

I am just about finished now it's taken me about a month of spare time lucky I have plenty of books on the steel mill industry.  The talk is in two parts the second part includes a description of how I went about changing the layout to a Steel Mill and working out an operation plan for the space I have, this is why I haven't been doing any modelling lately. Lots of research!

Thanks again. Roo

Ron H posted:

Roo,

I'm sure the talk will be splendid ,as well as, very informative.

Sincerely,

Ron H

With comments like that how can I fail ! Thank you very much.

What I have found is the Steel Industry played a big part in making America what it is today. I still have three weeks to go before my talk I have missed the modelling but found new things about the USA that I have found interesting, I'm glad I took it on, besides the President of the club happens to be a good friend and helps me operate the layout every Friday so I couldn't really refuse him.    Roo.

Roo posted:
Ron H posted:

Roo,

I'm sure the talk will be splendid ,as well as, very informative.

Sincerely,

Ron H

With comments like that how can I fail ! Thank you very much.

What I have found is the Steel Industry played a big part in making America what it is today. I still have three weeks to go before my talk I have missed the modelling but found new things about the USA that I have found interesting, I'm glad I took it on, besides the President of the club happens to be a good friend and helps me operate the layout every Friday so I couldn't really refuse him.    Roo.

We yanks do have some pretty neat military equipment and bases.  

I'm sure you've seen it but in case someone hasn't the WWII propaganda video "troop train" has some really neat scenes, albeit one of the Pennsy Power Director's room that is incorrectly labeled. 

https://archive.org/details/TroopTra1943

There are a few others on you tube as well but this one is kind of neat. 

 

 

 

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Rule292 posted:

I'm sure you've seen it but in case someone hasn't the WWII propaganda video "troop train" has some really neat scenes, albeit one of the Pennsy Power Director's room that is incorrectly labeled. 

https://archive.org/details/TroopTra1943

There are a few others on you tube as well but this one is kind of neat.  

Not ONE machine gun in place, all extra gear stowed away and canvas covers on everything.

Hardly anyone ever models this right.

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