I'll just steal what I think is the tallest building I've ever seen on a layout, and there's two of them!  These wouldn't even come close to fitting on mine!

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Did somebody say "small tall building Tuesday"? There are actually two other structures on the Christmas Tree layout that are as tall as or taller than these two, but the tree obstructs the steeple on the church, and the TV repair shop I didn't have time last night to shoot. Here are the other two. I believe the first one is Federal House, and the other is Clement C Moore's Twas the Night Before Christmas house from Department 56. I hope I spelled Clement's name right.

How is that Alan? I said I'd get a round to it, took too long, eh?IMG_20190909_165355IMG_20190909_165445

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Not the tallest building by far, but about as tall as I have... haven’t installed this yet (just found the perfect spot for it though) - I’ve got to add a Miller Engineering Scranton Electric City sign to the roof. The building is from Todds Architectural Models (the Cameron Apartments).

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Apples55 posted:

Not the tallest building by far, but about as tall as I have... haven’t installed this yet (just found the perfect spot for it though) - I’ve got to add a Miller Engineering Scranton Electric City sign to the roof. The building is from Todds Architectural Models (the Cameron Apartments).

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That is a very nice building indeed. I was just up in Scranton Labor Day weekend. Nice place and that building will look excellent with that Miller Engineering sign.

Again, the structures on my layout are not very tall, but this Victorian style house is one of the taller ones:

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That's a Lego bird on the chimney. LOL, Arnold

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Here's my custom HD building that I built from 3-Railking buildings. I applied mortar to bricks and details in lobby. It took me a long time but it is the only feasible and cost-effective way for me to make tall buildings. Mendards came out with the Hotel building that is reasonable but nothing ever since that fits my era. Last picture below shows them and others in my rendition of a Pennsylvania city.

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I don’t have any pictures right now but I did buy an Uberarc kit and will be adding a building or two to the railroad.

After seeing Alan's post on his Uber ARC building I bought the 1600 piece set. I am trying to build a 3-4' building. The foundation is 14" x 8" and I am not going to have enough to complete the building. I think I'll have to find another 1600 piece set. 

Alan, just for grins, do you recall about how many pieces you used?20190927_142945

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Wow, almost a whole month with no new posts.  I'll have to dig out my two tall buildings and post pics even though there's no layout to put them on.

Pickwick Hotel, 26" tall, next to Corrigan Station. Can be ordered by November 15 for pickup at Amherst/Big E in January 2020. We will now also custom create a sign for your building, no more than 14 characters. The sign is in the corner of the building and reads vertically. Corrigan Station can be built 8" or 12" deep. The picture shows the prototype. LED lighting in individual floors.

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JD very nice!  Still in the process?  Keep us posted.  I recognize the expanded Plasticville apartment buildings,love the penthouse balcony, Ameritown building, what I believe are some MTh buildings and the York Hotel.  Is the red building with cream accents an MTH?  What about the red building behind the York Hotel?  I find that one very interesting.

Doug the Pickwick is very nice.

The red bldg. with cream accents is a Korber bldg. front. The others way in the back are actually old Walthers HO kits for compression purposes. The whole scene is only 2 ft. Deep.

Over the weekend I finished the newest and tallest building on my layout.  It is modeled after a 38 story structure in downtown Cincinnati, the Union Central Life building aka Central Trust Bank Tower, and now the PNC tower.  It is not an exact reproduction but an inspiration of the building from photos I took of it and historical photos. When built in 1913 it was the 5th tallest building in the world and the 2nd tallest outside NYC.   

The building has a lot of character and fits in well with my modeling of the late 1940s.  Even today this tower is a prominent part of the Cincinnati skyline. 

I kitbashed different pieces of buildings to construct it. The base of the model is a very used MTH bank building that I painted and modified by cutting two front door portals into the side of the building.  The exterior light fixtures were purchased from a local dollhouse store. The six stories above the MTH base are many window walls from OGR’s Ameri-towne buildings that were glued together.  I am contemplating on another level to the building with pillars and a pyramid roof to resemble the original building yet more thought and planning is required so there may be more to come.

 

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Cincinnatian, all you need to do is add a different style for the top floors and penthouse and you'll have a good rendition of the "Chicago Style" of architecture. Looks good, but sounds expensive.

Guitarmike posted:

After seeing Alan's post on his Uber ARC building I bought the 1600 piece set. I am trying to build a 3-4' building. The foundation is 14" x 8" and I am not going to have enough to complete the building. I think I'll have to find another 1600 piece set. 

Alan, just for grins, do you recall about how many pieces you used?20190927_142945

Looking great so far!  I used well over 3,000 pieces....it takes a lot of pieces to build tall Uberarc structures!

JDFonz posted:

Here you go... still in process.....FC5BDCEA-E878-4711-A4F8-3C729458759DC7D6D788-A26A-430E-BDC3-A929912BB0F44D129933-C16E-4356-8FC1-1721C594CB89

Very nice!!  My kind of density with the placement of skyscrapers!  Great job in your placement for most interest and variety!

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Ok, I'll play   Most of my tall buildings are still a work in progress, but here's a look at the progress I have so far...

 

I recently finished a Union Station kitbash, knocking together this monster from 4 separate buildings.   It comes complete with zeppelin mooring mast at the top:

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Tonight I started adding window shades to the interior of an 8-story Ameritowne-bashed building.  This building is a product of 1 1/3 Midtown Hotel kits.   Kids craft/scrapbooking scissors are great for making scalloped window shades in bulk:

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The front building is a 7 story Ameritowne bash, awaiting interior lighting/details and final touches.  It represents a building I bought used to rehab (lower portion) and about 2/3 of a Midtwon Hotel kit (top portion), plus a few other parts.  The building behind it (with the blue accents) is a completed bash of 8 Plasticville hospitals.  The one behind that (gold accents) started with a front I bought at York & expanded into a full building - it's also awaiting interior lighting and details:

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This one is a River Leaf flatiron kit... including a couple optional add-ons to make it suitably "tall".  It's almost ready for lighting and details and may be my new favorite building:

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Here's a couple shots of how the downtown is coming together as these buildings approach completion:

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Ah it's getting to be Skip's time of year.  Welcome back to the thread you started.

Frizz great job with the Union Stations building.  I've been waiting to see it finished.  I told you you had plenty to post on this thread.

Dorcie, one word, Stupendous.

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Real Building... Traingineer Skills

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Happy Tracks!

TrainDame aka Dorcie
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P.S. The 300 Express Holiday Layout will be opening to the public 11/28/19 and set up in the lobby of this very skyscraper: 300 South Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte, NC !

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Traindame posted:

Real Building... Traingineer Skills

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Happy Tracks!

TrainDame aka Dorcie
TW TrainWorx
(214) 634-2965
www.trainworxlayouts.com
www.blog.traindame.com

P.S. The 300 Express Holiday Layout will be opening to the public 11/28/19 and set up in the lobby of this very skyscraper: 300 South Tryon Street in Uptown Charlotte, NC !

Now the real question Dorcie, how is that big layout going to fit into that tiny building?

300 South Tryon Skyscraper complete and installed on the 300 Express Holiday Layout designed and fabricated exclusively for our Traintastic customer, Rogers & Gala Creative Partners, Inc!

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The Cincinnatian posted:

Over the weekend I finished the newest and tallest building on my layout.  It is modeled after a 38 story structure in downtown Cincinnati, the Union Central Life building aka Central Trust Bank Tower, and now the PNC tower.  It is not an exact reproduction but an inspiration of the building from photos I took of it and historical photos. When built in 1913 it was the 5th tallest building in the world and the 2nd tallest outside NYC.   

The building has a lot of character and fits in well with my modeling of the late 1940s.  Even today this tower is a prominent part of the Cincinnati skyline. 

I kitbashed different pieces of buildings to construct it. The base of the model is a very used MTH bank building that I painted and modified by cutting two front door portals into the side of the building.  The exterior light fixtures were purchased from a local dollhouse store. The six stories above the MTH base are many window walls from OGR’s Ameri-towne buildings that were glued together.  I am contemplating on another level to the building with pillars and a pyramid roof to resemble the original building yet more thought and planning is required so there may be more to come.

 

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The modeling of this building is superb! The MTH bank building seems to be a superb base for an O scale skyscraper. I just got an MTH bank building from Ebay VERY inexpensively. Your photo  in this post show 3 sides of the bank building. Can you post a photo of what you did with the side of the building that was meant to be the main entrance with the columns? Actually, photos of all four sides of the bank building after modification would be helpful. I am not planning to copy your work, only get ideas.

Thank you.

frizzinbee posted:

Ok, I'll play   Most of my tall buildings are still a work in progress, but here's a look at the progress I have so far...

 

I recently finished a Union Station kitbash, knocking together this monster from 4 separate buildings.   It comes complete with zeppelin mooring mast at the top:

IMG_4582

IMG_4594

Tonight I started adding window shades to the interior of an 8-story Ameritowne-bashed building.  This building is a product of 1 1/3 Midtown Hotel kits.   Kids craft/scrapbooking scissors are great for making scalloped window shades in bulk:

IMG_4685

IMG_4686

The front building is a 7 story Ameritowne bash, awaiting interior lighting/details and final touches.  It represents a building I bought used to rehab (lower portion) and about 2/3 of a Midtwon Hotel kit (top portion), plus a few other parts.  The building behind it (with the blue accents) is a completed bash of 8 Plasticville hospitals.  The one behind that (gold accents) started with a front I bought at York & expanded into a full building - it's also awaiting interior lighting and details:

IMG_4690

This one is a River Leaf flatiron kit... including a couple optional add-ons to make it suitably "tall".  It's almost ready for lighting and details and may be my new favorite building:

IMG_4693

Here's a couple shots of how the downtown is coming together as these buildings approach completion:

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Wonderful....!  I don't feel alone now with all of these pictures of big city modeling!! 

Math/Scale double check

Min 14' per floor

Ten Stories approx 140'

O Scale 10 stories 1/48 would be about 35" tall?

DETROIT posted:

Math/Scale double check

Min 14' per floor

Ten Stories approx 140'

O Scale 10 stories 1/48 would be about 35" tall?

That math checks out for me.   For reference, the Menards York Hotel (perhaps the most quintessential "O scale" tall building these days) is ~24" tall and sports 8 stories... making it slightly underscale on the 7 upper floors but reasonably close.

Randy Harrison posted:
The Cincinnatian posted:

Over the weekend I finished the newest and tallest building on my layout.  It is modeled after a 38 story structure in downtown Cincinnati, the Union Central Life building aka Central Trust Bank Tower, and now the PNC tower.  It is not an exact reproduction but an inspiration of the building from photos I took of it and historical photos. When built in 1913 it was the 5th tallest building in the world and the 2nd tallest outside NYC.   

The building has a lot of character and fits in well with my modeling of the late 1940s.  Even today this tower is a prominent part of the Cincinnati skyline. 

I kitbashed different pieces of buildings to construct it. The base of the model is a very used MTH bank building that I painted and modified by cutting two front door portals into the side of the building.  The exterior light fixtures were purchased from a local dollhouse store. The six stories above the MTH base are many window walls from OGR’s Ameri-towne buildings that were glued together.  I am contemplating on another level to the building with pillars and a pyramid roof to resemble the original building yet more thought and planning is required so there may be more to come.

 

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The modeling of this building is superb! The MTH bank building seems to be a superb base for an O scale skyscraper. I just got an MTH bank building from Ebay VERY inexpensively. Your photo  in this post show 3 sides of the bank building. Can you post a photo of what you did with the side of the building that was meant to be the main entrance with the columns? Actually, photos of all four sides of the bank building after modification would be helpful. I am not planning to copy your work, only get ideas.

Thank you.

Randy,

I have not done anything with the entrance yet as cannot be seen on my layout.  My thought is to put another building up against it to hide it.  I have also thought about using some styrene to square it off to hide it.

Cincinnatian:

Thanks for you reply. Your main entrance is really great. I will have to be a bit creative and decide what to with the side with the columns. What did you use to cut the bank building's walls to add your entrance doors?


Thanks again.

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