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Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« on: January 04, 2013, 02:59:19 PM »
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I ran across these photos of an N scale custom build of the Milwaukee City Hall from Custom Model Railroads. Wow! These guys are really talented. Wonder how much they charged for this. Luckily, it is across the river from the Beer Line so I don't need one!





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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2013, 03:08:43 PM »
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I'd love to know who is commissioning these.  They've done the Milwaukee Everette Street Depot, and a few selectively compressed nearby buildings (REA, Mail Annex, etc).  Someone is working on a great layout apparently...
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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2013, 04:59:28 PM »
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Simply astonishing.
I'd love to get a plant tour next time I'm in Hampden...

I'm an architecture nerd in addition to a modeler, and what they do is amazing.
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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2013, 05:02:31 PM »
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Holy Shykies!!  :o

That's nice!!

a little proto history....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee_City_Hall

Anyone know if the current rooftop atrium is a recent addition??


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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2013, 05:07:34 PM »
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Simply astonishing.
I'd love to get a plant tour next time I'm in Hampden...

I'm an architecture nerd in addition to a modeler, and what they do is amazing.

Jeff @ CMR has always been very accomodating when we (Bantrak) have approached him about Tours & special projects (bulk purchases of kits).  I am sure a phone call with a few days notice would probably be taken.  Heck... Ed might even buy ya lunch since he's in the area.
 
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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2013, 05:10:11 PM »
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I'd love to know who is commissioning these.  They've done the Milwaukee Everette Street Depot, and a few selectively compressed nearby buildings (REA, Mail Annex, etc).  Someone is working on a great layout apparently...

I'd like to know too! The guy obviously needs lots of my passenger cars!!!
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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2013, 05:38:24 PM »
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Impressive in scale and detail!  Amazing.

Of note, I'm particularly impressed by the oxidized copper look...  I'm wondering of Penn Central Sea Foam Green was part of the palette.  The real trick is getting the mottled look without obvious brush strokes.  I've not gotten it right yet.
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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2013, 05:44:33 PM »
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Wow!  I assume it was made from laser-cut acrylic. 
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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013, 06:42:30 PM »
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a little proto history....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee_City_Hall


Interesting side note from the Wiki entry. It mentions Frank Zeidler, who was mayor from 1948-1960. He was a close friend of A.C. Kalmbach, who reportedly developed an interest in model railroading by working on Zeidler's layout. Not to get political or anything, but Zeidler was the third and last of a string of Socialist mayors who presided over Milwaukee from 1910-60. This speaks to the importance of manufacturing and labor in during those days.

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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2013, 07:55:14 PM »
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Wowza! Imagine having a layout that could be home to a handsome beast like that! Mucho deniro...
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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2013, 07:58:48 PM »
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Amazing.  I'm a fan of Milwaukee architecture.  Pick up the book "Built in Milwaukee" if you have the chance. :tommann:

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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2013, 09:02:39 PM »
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I have always had an idea if mapping a city with a few landmark structures and filling the rest with generic buildings. The idea is to maximize the cost-time/results ratio. I figure people would be so focused on the detail of the landmark structures, they wouldn't notice the others were not correct.

Whomever has this on his layout just made the city if Milwaukee. He could have the streets lined with SpongeBob dolls as structures and no one would notice. What a fantastic building!
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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2013, 11:36:58 AM »
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the N Scale convention (http://www.nationalnscaleconvention.com/) is in Milwaukee this year... assuming it is for a layout, and not a museum or something, and assuming the owner is open to the idea, I wonder if the layout in question will be on the layout tour (official via Convention, or unofficial, via an invitation).  I for one would like to see the model in person.
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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2013, 06:22:58 PM »
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This is a magnificent model.  Is there any reason to think it's for a layout?  Does CMR have an architectural model wing?

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Re: Milwaukee City Hall: CMR Custom Build
« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2013, 07:16:25 PM »
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Does CMR have an architectural model wing?

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