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    Obviously I/we (girlfriend) love model railroading or we wouldnt belong to this forum lol. Like many of you model railroading is just one of many fun hobbies we have. Another favorite hobby of ours is video games, in particular, the Halo franchise for the xbox 360. The other day at Target I found out that they make "micro ops" halo toys. The box claims they are close to 1:100 scale, but the first thing I thought of was how close to HO they look. So of course I had to buy one. One of the things we are having on our layout is a military base, so a quick talk with the gf (she loves halo as well) and a comparison of the scale of the toys to HO scale (veeery veeerryyy close, one thing to keep in mind is that they are super soldiers that average 7.5 feet tall), our military will now be futuristic and from the Halo series! Attached is a photo. Yeah it might not be everyones cup of tea, but we are both excited about it and now have one more thing to "play with" on our layout haha. This got me thinking, have any of you combined your other hobbies on your layouts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRAINFAN9510 View Post
    Obviously I/we (girlfriend) love model railroading or we wouldnt belong to this forum lol. Like many of you model railroading is just one of many fun hobbies we have. Another favorite hobby of ours is video games, in particular, the Halo franchise for the xbox 360. The other day at Target I found out that they make "micro ops" halo toys. The box claims they are close to 1:100 scale, but the first thing I thought of was how close to HO they look. So of course I had to buy one. One of the things we are having on our layout is a military base, so a quick talk with the gf (she loves halo as well) and a comparison of the scale of the toys to HO scale (veeery veeerryyy close, one thing to keep in mind is that they are super soldiers that average 7.5 feet tall), our military will now be futuristic and from the Halo series! Attached is a photo. Yeah it might not be everyones cup of tea, but we are both excited about it and now have one more thing to "play with" on our layout haha. This got me thinking, have any of you combined your other hobbies on your layouts?
    My other Hobby is taking things apart, like Computers, Printers, hardrives, TV's, sound equipment, VCR's, DVD players & anything else in electronics. I use a lot of the small parts out of these units on my layout. I use Capacitors(10 diff. sizes) for fuel & propane tanks, Motor parts for flat car loads. I also use all of the plastic screens out of monitors for making buildings & to scratchbuild Flat-cars. There's no end to items that can be used out of these items. I also make money from all of the scrap metals. So, it's a win-win hobby.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTkyR5kFJwI

    (This is the only Video left of my Train layout before I took it apart in 2012)

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    Oh yeah I have seen a lot of your cool looking flat car loads from various computer parts I have actually used some of your ideas for our own car loads.

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    I think a futuristic layout would be stellar!!! You could model a maglev type train, dilithium crystal mines and cold fusion packs in a boxcar. Not to mention all the mirco Halo action packs and figures.

    Where can I get a girlfriend that loves model railroading and plays Halo on the Xbox360? Naaa...I love my wife (but I do love model railroads and Halo )

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    I used to build 1/72 scale model airplanes, so I used to hang them over the layout. Yeah, 1/72 is a little large for HO, but when hung from the ceiling over it, most folks probably couldn't tell the difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NSHO View Post
    I think a futuristic layout would be stellar!!! You could model a maglev type train, dilithium crystal mines and cold fusion packs in a boxcar. Not to mention all the mirco Halo action packs and figures.

    Where can I get a girlfriend that loves model railroading and plays Halo on the Xbox360? Naaa...I love my wife (but I do love model railroads and Halo )
    We have actually thrown around that idea! We were thinking of some rust colored martian like ground cover, and scratch building all of the buildings to look futuristic. We could use some neon green paint for the rails and lots of green LED's. As for the wife, ask her to play some halo with you! You never know she might really get into it

    Quote Originally Posted by cct70 View Post
    I used to build 1/72 scale model airplanes, so I used to hang them over the layout. Yeah, 1/72 is a little large for HO, but when hung from the ceiling over it, most folks probably couldn't tell the difference.
    We will be doing the same thing lol. I am a private pilot, so of course we have to put in a 2x10' airport for the layout. We have a few Beech craft Bonanzas and I am trying to find more planes, but the HO selection is slim for modern small type ones, so we have some of the 1/72 cessnas too.

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    Wow! I didn't think the Warthogs would scale that big. No Covenant?
    Ian

    Modeling my own reality: Cole River...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianacole View Post
    Wow! I didn't think the Warthogs would scale that big. No Covenant?
    I think the scale is really close, keeping in mind how big the Chief is, and it is a decent sized military vehicle. It fits on the roads and keeps in one lane. The Falcon looks really to scale next to the bonanza. And they do make the covenant banshee and ghost, but we havent gotten any of those yet. We were thinking of having a covenant invasion and suspending them from the ceiling or something lol. And series 2 is coming out sometime in january, and it will have the tank and some other vehicles as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by cct70 View Post
    I used to build 1/72 scale model airplanes, so I used to hang them over the layout. Yeah, 1/72 is a little large for HO, but when hung from the ceiling over it, most folks probably couldn't tell the difference.
    I have about 30 planes hanging above my layout. 1/72nd isn't a bad scale for planes.
    Most of my planes are WW2, VietNam & all points west. P51's, P38's & etc.
    Last edited by Larry; 09-10-2012 at 07:25 PM.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTkyR5kFJwI

    (This is the only Video left of my Train layout before I took it apart in 2012)

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    Ive combined cars, computers, flying things, trains, heck I even too a computer and combined it to my layout (in planning stages at the moment) so once I get it set up I can just hook in my computer and hopefully control my trains and do what I want with it.

    lets see aside from those hobbies....I took destruction of things...(making scrap loads), I figured how to "deform" train cars to make them look like they were in a wreak and reuse them for derailment purposes...lets see, I love to just take train pictures period...need I go on?

    oh and im already digging up some Covenant forces for my layout as I was toying with a similar idea, more along the maglev style set up with LEDs that progress with the train for an interesting effect...
    Last edited by Midnught Special; 09-10-2012 at 08:25 PM.
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