Been off the Forum for a while. Checking back and looking around I saw all the awesome photos on this Tall Building thread but was surprised to see that with all the various techniques for building skyscrapers for O-Scale, no one seemed to have large LEGO buildings. While I don't currently have a model train layout for my O-Scale collections, my sons and I do have a large LEGO city with a skyscraper downtown. All the tall buildings below are LEGO and all but one are custom desiigned by me. I placed the small Lionel Grand Central and some MTH cars to show the effect. Once I get around to having an O-Scale layout again it will be mainly urban with a variety of tall buildings...someday.
Wow, I'd like to see that image a lot larger, so I can examine some of these buildings more closely. I'd always dismissed Lego because I felt the buildings had a certain look that I didnt feel meshed with my other toy buildings from earlier periods, but these look amazing, at least what I can see of them. Do you have any closeups you can share?
It'd be great to see more and closer shots of those Lego towers. They look great in that scene. The biggest challenge for O-gaugers is finding reasonably priced structures, or kits that can be bashed into taller buildings. Legos could very well fit that bill.
Most LEGO building built from sets have a very toy-ish look. I just buy raw brick and build my own designs. Here's a full view of one of my towers:
Same building with some O-scale accessories (note I swapped out the LEGO palm trees in the above photo for Woodland Scenic trees), an MTH Subway Entrance and 1:50 Corgi buses and 1:43 cars:
Close-ups of some off my other building's lobby levels:
Another Railking building bash, this time 3 "Neil's Guitars" painted dark brown, mortared, with butter cream windows and cornices and a customized Dreyfuss base. I used all 3 top floor's cornices to extend the height to 10 stories. My research could not find buildings with multiple cornices at different levels, although I did find pictures of buildings with ornate ledges at different levels. I love ornate buildings, circa late 19th century New York and Philly, among other cities. I wish we could have them in O-gauge.
Very nice Paul.
FCMR Car21, there's a LEGO and O gauge thread in the Scenery and Structures forum. You should post some of your creations over there.
This is my tallest building to date, 12-stories! This beautiful building features painted windows, all sides mortared, and detailed first floor. It will make a welcome addition to the renovations and gentrification of "old city" circa late 1930s.