@OGR CEO-PUBLISHER, Alan, those four shots I would declare imposing. I can remember when I was a squirt maybe 6 years old, the boy scouts sponsored a trip into NYC to see the Statue of Liberty as well as the World Trade Towers(trip didn't include the Empire State Building and that would have been grand). I can remember heading to World Trade and looking up. I'd say that the effect is as those four shots. The Statue of Liberty of course is welcoming not imposing. I guess you may have to get a park with a mini Lady Liberty in it????? Do you have parks with statues, curious?

Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

@OGR CEO-PUBLISHER, Alan, those four shots I would declare imposing. I can remember when I was a squirt maybe 6 years old, the boy scouts sponsored a trip into NYC to see the Statue of Liberty as well as the World Trade Towers(trip didn't include the Empire State Building and that would have been grand). I can remember heading to World Trade and looking up. I'd say that the effect is as those four shots. The Statue of Liberty of course is welcoming not imposing. I guess you may have to get a park with a mini Lady Liberty in it????? Do you have parks with statues, curious?

Thanks Dave....and yes I do have a couple of parks on the layout.  One is a small park with a pond right in the city.  The other is larger and is on a lower level under a high bridge and it borders a stream and waterfall.

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CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
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800-980-OGRR (6477)

In 2001 we were commissioned by the ACE Elevator company to make a model of the World Trade Center for their use at a trade show at the Javits Center in June. Ace was the manager of the WTC elevators and they wanted to share their ability to get the system up and running after the basement bombing. The Twin Towers were made in three sections, each 4' high, for an overall height of 12'. If you want the full effect, you will need about 16' to include the North Tower antenna.

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These photos are from Gulliver's Gate in NYC's Times Square. An enormous $40M project that approaches the stature of the great Miniature Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany. Great scenes from all over the world.

Chrysler Building and 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City

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Twin Towers in Dubai

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TCA, LCCA

"On track, on time, and over budget!" 

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My 10’-by-5’ layout represents a single-track New England branch line (just an oval of track) in the 1940s and ‘50s, with a small town, a river valley with bridges, and a tunnel/hill. The tallest building is B. Lipnick Supply Company, built in 2015 from an Altoona Model Works kit.

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MELGAR posted:

My 10’-by-5’ layout represents a single-track New England branch line (just an oval of track) in the 1940s and ‘50s, with a small town, a river valley with bridges, and a tunnel/hill. The tallest building is B. Lipnick Supply Company, built in 2015 from an Altoona Model Works kit.

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Mel, seeing your layout in the recent run this was the building I was drawn to. I really like the design and was curious to know what exactly it was built from. Very cool and thanks.

Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:
MELGAR posted:

My 10’-by-5’ layout represents a single-track New England branch line (just an oval of track) in the 1940s and ‘50s, with a small town, a river valley with bridges, and a tunnel/hill. The tallest building is B. Lipnick Supply Company, built in 2015 from an Altoona Model Works kit.

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Mel, seeing your layout in the recent run this was the building I was drawn to. I really like the design and was curious to know what exactly it was built from. Very cool and thanks.

First photo shows framework of the model which is made from large pieces of laser-cut masonite. The material is dense, hard, strong and precision-cut. Easy to assemble with yellow carpenter's glue. The framework is covered with milled clapboard sheets made from basswood - as shown in second photo. Plastic window frames. A good quality kit, although I made some minor modifications, such as the rooftop skylight. Water tank kit is an optional extra. If you have further questions or need help, send e-mail.

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The tallest structure on my 12’-by-8’ model railroad is this coal tower that I built from a Gloor craftsman kit around 2000. Although I built many large flying model airplanes as a youngster, this was the first craftsman kit that I built for the railroad, so the process was new to me. I still have the full-sized drawings that came with the kit, so I could easily build another one from scratch – and do a better job. Another kit would be preferable, but I doubt that any exist now…

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Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

I checked my calendar, and today is Tuesday. Did someone eat all the tall buildings today? Maybe because it is the end of the month and everyone is busy. At work, its crazy and I've almost lost my train of thought a few times. Are there any tall buildings today even if it is later on today?

Thanks Dave for the wakeup call...and you other fellows that chimed in today with some great additions above!  It in fact has been a busy day as we go to press for the next issue....some final adjustments have taken up most of the day.  So....being late they say is better than nothing at all....how is this?...

What you can do with several MTH 6 story buildings combined:

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O Gauge Railroading magazine
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800-980-OGRR (6477)

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Not the tallest building in town, but our tallest production run offering so far. The Pickwick Hotel in Kansas City. The model tops out at about 25". We'll produce the entire hotel portion of the Pickwick complex if you are game!

 

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Some excellent things gentlemen. I must regret that work was long, and I have to get up just a bit after 4 instead of almost 5 for another long day. Hopefully all my trains of thought will keep on the rails. I look at it this way, overtime now, more trains and such tomorrow. Good night all, and thanks again for the splendid things now and more to come. Can't wait to see what's coming in the next issue as well.

I am building the Ogilvie Transportation Center (North Western Metra Station} with is waterfall frontage in laser cut blue acrylic. 

I designed a concrete version of this building for C&NW to show it would be less expensive than doing it in steel. (except the frontage)

 

Alan  when is your book  "Building a Hi-rise City in Your Basement"  coming out? 

And Hey I know a great publisher!

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Another view showing the entrance. notice how the window framing is like a waterfall. A series of arches but the inset glass is rectilinear not curved.  The cost of the curved glass was too expensive.

For me making curved glazing would be problematic. note the front flat glass columns that are decorative and not supporting any of the frontage.  

 

 

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Don, tall and hi-rise are relative terms and your building definitely qualifies as tall on your layout as does Melgar's building and coaling tower.

Alan and Skip are masters of the downtown, big city skyscraper, but all of the other posters have provided tall in various forms. 

Alanrail I can't wait to see your OTC when it's done.

Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Alan, in that ninth picture, what is that dome shaped building? Almost looks like an interesting popcorn popper.

LOL....!!  Now I will never be able to look at that building again without thinking about a popcorn popper!  Probably will name it as the headquarters for "Popcorn Poppers Inc."...!  OK...that building was supposed to be about 3 times taller but the components I had planned for that were supposed to be sold to me were accidentally sold to someone else.  The mirrored floors are made up of circular (motorized) display platforms stacked on top of one another.  The top is a clear display container that was meant to be inverted as a bowl to hold small cosmetic products in a local store that went out of business and had all kinds of neat displays that could be re-purposed.  I will be adding a garden under the roof dome with a few figures sitting around enjoying lunch, etc...All put together like you see them represents a modernistic mirrored glass building.  I sure wish I could find about a half dozen or so of those display platforms!!

Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

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Dave NYC Hudson PRR K4 posted:

Alan, in that ninth picture, what is that dome shaped building? Almost looks like an interesting popcorn popper.

LOL....!!  Now I will never be able to look at that building again without thinking about a popcorn popper!  Probably will name it as the headquarters for "Popcorn Poppers Inc."...!  OK...that building was supposed to be about 3 times taller but the components I had planned for that were supposed to be sold to me were accidentally sold to someone else.  The mirrored floors are made up of circular (motorized) display platforms stacked on top of one another.  The top is a clear display container that was meant to be inverted as a bowl to hold small cosmetic products in a local store that went out of business and had all kinds of neat displays that could be re-purposed.  I will be adding a garden under the roof dome with a few figures sitting around enjoying lunch, etc...All put together like you see them represents a modernistic mirrored glass building.  I sure wish I could find about a half dozen or so of those display platforms!!

That's very cool Alan. I remember seeing pictures of Neil Young's layout where he had the old Filtex vacuum cleaner as an industrial factory, similar to this one.cb9b4a192cbd6df7a6f65579083cdc24

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JDFonz posted:

Thank you Alan, would like to know how you build some of yours, how about an article or two?

Joel...I have had several articles in the OGR magazine, both in the print and digital versions, that discuss how some of them have been built.  Also....doing a search here on the forum will likely find a few topics that have covered this topic.  THANKS!

Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

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