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    That he is, Toot. He is an true artist ... He has that ability to make, in miniature, what is in his vision - Not many can do that; certainly not I.
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    Thanks guys. I'm just lucky I guess. It would have been interesting, to me anyway, to have begun model railroading twenty years ago. Maybe by now I would now what's going on in the running of trains part!? Jim

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    We know the running of trains isn't your primary focus Jim (we forgive you for that), the recreation of a small part of an imaginary world that tells a story, is. The focus belongs to the camera in recording it.
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    Something more, almost new

    Layout Number 2

    When my wife and I moved ashore from nearly 20 years on the sailboat I began working on my first room-sized layout. I was about a month into it when I received a call from a friend in Oregon. Seems he met a women at a trainshow that was looking for someone to build a Z scale layout in a silverware/cutlery box. Her husband was halfway gone to Alzimers an thought something small and easy to deal with would be a big help to him. My friend was too busy and asked me. I said, 'Yes.' A week latter the box arrived and I was presented a whole new set of challenges.

    I think this box was only 12"x16.5". First, I went to Radio Shack and got parts for the electrics. It had to be DC plugged into the wall. Next I found a backdrop and used my new supplies from my LHS.



    I used my Marklin loco and made the track fit its minimum radius requirements. In the end I sent my Marklin set along with the layout box so she wouldn't have to buy anything. I told her it was German railroad cars and she didn't think her husband would know better even though he loved trains. (Never a modeler however.) Once I got the track down and the loco and cars all running then scenery.

    This was a new challenge for sure. I needed the box to close, hold all the electrics unseen, and look a real as I could make it, but not over doing it because of the man's health. Simple but effective.



    As these folks lived in a rural area familiar to me as I was from Oregon, I figured a farm scene would have enough in it.



    I made the bridge and the barn and put a small stream in.





    So that's the story of the smallest layout I've built. The husband played with it for years before his passing I was told. Jim

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    Great story, amazing layout. Perfect outcome.
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    I just read this whole entire thread, from page 1 to 416. All I can say is, you are truly a talented man, Jim. You know when you start something and it's so enjoyable that you wish it would never end? That's exactly how I feel about this thread, I wish it would just go on forever haha. I actually made an account just to say thank you for sharing everything with us. I am getting back into modeling after a very long break and this is exactly what I needed to give me a kick start, thanks. Andrew

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    Andrew, I wish I had a prize for you, you may be one of only a handful. Congratulations. As far as talented, more like just lucky. The thread will continue. I have at least 8 or 9 more items to present and then a detailed diorama thing. Thanks again and good luck in your modeling. Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOexplorer View Post
    Something more, almost new

    Layout Number 2

    When my wife and I moved ashore from nearly 20 years on the sailboat I began working on my first room-sized layout. I was about a month into it when I received a call from a friend in Oregon. Seems he met a women at a trainshow that was looking for someone to build a Z scale layout in a silverware/cutlery box. Her husband was halfway gone to Alzimers an thought something small and easy to deal with would be a big help to him. My friend was too busy and asked me. I said, 'Yes.' A week latter the box arrived and I was presented a whole new set of challenges.

    I think this box was only 12"x16.5". First, I went to Radio Shack and got parts for the electrics. It had to be DC plugged into the wall. Next I found a backdrop and used my new supplies from my LHS.



    I used my Marklin loco and made the track fit its minimum radius requirements. In the end I sent my Marklin set along with the layout box so she wouldn't have to buy anything. I told her it was German railroad cars and she didn't think her husband would know better even though he loved trains. (Never a modeler however.) Once I got the track down and the loco and cars all running then scenery.

    This was a new challenge for sure. I needed the box to close, hold all the electrics unseen, and look a real as I could make it, but not over doing it because of the man's health. Simple but effective.



    As these folks lived in a rural area familiar to me as I was from Oregon, I figured a farm scene would have enough in it.



    I made the bridge and the barn and put a small stream in.





    So that's the story of the smallest layout I've built. The husband played with it for years before his passing I was told. Jim

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    I surely am happy that you are taking this approach with your previous works'. It gives us a perspective into your previous thoughts and talents. Cheers!
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    Sherrel
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    Jim ..............I think you would be surprised to find that more people than you think
    (like myself) have read every page of this thread.
    I have been here from day one and I will be here on the last day, keep up the good work !
    Although I don't think it's work for you.
    Terry

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