Hey guys! Long time no talk. I've been meaning to leave a note here for a while, and now I've finally gotten around to doing it. I've moved to an N-scale specific model-railroading forum (nscale.net) under the username: Metrolink. I recognize a few here that are also members at the other forum. I learned a LOT of things here at this site, and I want to express my thanks to all the incredibly helpful members here.
This is certainly no reflection on this forum, which is excellent, but it's nice to be among all N-scale modelers. MRR is first site I joined when I re-entered the hobby a few months ago and really appreciate everyone's help here. Perhaps someday I'll request a username change here to match my nscale.net and model-railroad-hobbyist.com usernames. Ciao!
Unitram City Center 2.0:
Just thought I'd update my thread here with a some more recent photos of my Unitram "city center" part of my layout (the center-third part of my layout). The entire city section is two-inches below-grade. It's since been remodeled, with more changes, and more buildings to come. In addition to the familiar Kato and Tomix structures seen here, I also added three modern high-rise structures with mirrored-glass windows that I bought on eBay, built by a guy in Germany which I think look really cool.
Although, they look a bit sterile, so I think I'll add some roof detail-kits and whatnot, plus more laser-printed color signage to make them look more realistic (they'll eventually be modeled to look like a medical building plaza). I also just received a bunch of JioWorld pre-built structures I ordered from Japan (not shown), which I'm really happy with (more photos later).
Last edited by Chevron_GATX; 12-26-2016 at 04:04 AM.
After playing with a number of different plans, I've just recently decided to build a simple "pod" extension to my original counter-top layout.
Here's my new benchwork plan:
And here's a mock-up of the planned "pod" extension:
Tomytec/Greenmax/Walthers' oil refinery structures:
I also bought a ton of Tomytec 1:144-scale oil refinery structures, a Greenmax piping kit, plus two Walthers' North Island Oil N-scale refinery kits (which I'm totally not looking forward to building). I was lucky enough to find the Tomytech kits selling on Amazon of all places, selling at normal Japanese retail prices ($13.40 each) with free shipping. This was a super-deal, since these typically sell for twice as much on eBay or from US hobby suppliers. I finally got around to building one kit of cooling towers (you get two towers per kit). I have eight cooling towers total. With a little paint and weathering powder, these should look pretty good:
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FWIW, I think the space between the 'pod' portion of your old design, and the main layout was too narrow to be useful, unless you're very, very thin. To me, curves make the railroad more interesting, as well as bridges. Simple ovals are great if you want to focus more on scenery, but they can get boring, trainwise after a while. I liked your original city center, with the skyscrapers, as well as the 'lite rail' system from Kato. If I'm not mistaken, Kato is coming out with an American style grade crossing, which will be great. Keep us posted!
Thanks for your comments, otiscnj! I just now edited the above post to include the most current track-plan—very excited about it! Yeah, too bad I already bought the $200 Japanese crossing last year! I'll post updates here from time to time, though I mostly hang out at nscale.net these days (you'll see me there under the screename, "Metrolink"). Thanks for your interest!
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Southern Pacific | Santa Fe | SPSF | BNSF | Metrolink
railways by Kato Unitrack + Unitram | electric light-rail by Tomix | construction by Kato Diotown, Tomytec Co., Ltd., Kibri | vehicles by Busch GmbH & Co. KG
ambient sound design by Fantasonics | digital command control by Dynamis Ultima | layout automation by RailController