Id like to see the layout for that scale.
That was my first serious dremel bite ever Lee. A disk rode up on a moving glob of plastic, gained good traction on the newly formed molten surface and rode up and off the loco cab like it was Evel Knevel on a ramp.
.. and that's where it landed.
Last week UPS visited. I opened the $35 total with shipping, and removed a piece of new Menard's O-36 track. I raised an eyebrow, curled my lower lip a bit, and nodded in approval "not bad at all".
I assembled each piece with no deep inspection of anything but the butt and slip fit, which was great. Eight peices later I had a nice sturdy loop I could roll down the hall without fear of damage. But instead, I flipped it around a bit and plopped it on a table I had ready, and waiting. I clipped on a prewar lock on, and ran wires to the throttle terminals opposite the gantry pad and spotlight wires, on an AF 18b.
Marvin now has his very own moonbase to launch his attacks from.
The moon landscape is a postwar MARX playset...very fragile is and understatement.(note cracks and collapsing happen under its own weight!)
The Menards track is well worth the great price IMO so far.
Removing the gantry and pad from the big table layout makes winding back the clock there another 40 years, as simple as using the right trains. If I remove the diner and the culvert loader and vehicles, I can hit the late 1800s to early teens!
My newst neighbor, an ho guy, moved again this week. He sent over some stuff that was "box overflow". Two plastiville signal bridges in O, a never worn shirt for the Super Chief and one for Nickle Plate #765, 2 solar powered lighthouses in O (too large space wise, but ceramic, so they are porch lights now), a test.track on plywood and some never used, new in the box, 1970s Tyco accessories and cars. Three are operating accessories! A whistling billboard, operating loading dock(pushes cargo onto cars), and operating package boxcar & bin. There was also a truck terminal and piggyback car. All the figures, truck, and packages still there, the wires never touched, etc.
The truck type another bonus, Dodge A-100 series is a past hobby too. This truck is D series, same styling on a semi truck.
25¢ in craft paint on the test track's plywood, an extra line thrown down, and I had a simple static ho track diorama with operating accessories on it..before he could even finish his lunch break!
Im just a few turnouts and a Plymouth away from a short point to point switching layout, without real effort, or spending a dime, lol. Detailing will come when I itch for it.
The whistle/billboard got a diode (Tyco ho is dc) and is now on top of my AF station w/stop timer...the funny green Tyco button sticks out like a sore thumb among all the Lionel controls but does have a vintage vibe today. Kinda like MPC, too bright to be anything but a 70s product lol.
..and a Hills Brothers Coffee billboard card would be better for turning back that clock on the 4.5x9 I guess.
As a kid, these are the exact pieces that almost had me trying out ho when Lionel was no longer being stocked due to high initial purchasing overhead. The operation packages were only $7 each, and the piggyback terminal $3-4. Kmart sold these out before I had a whole $20 saved so I let the idea die that summer...likely bought new AFX slot cars or 1:24 Snake and Mongoose dragster models instead, hard to say, Id have to pin production years down to recall for sure, I just know I stopped my ho thoughts due to empty shelves.