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Modeling Town Square - Park
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:44:50 AM »
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The March 2013 MR article on this subject has rekindled my interest in adding a park to my layout.  I have already modeled the
wall to set off a 40 x 185 n-scale foot area. 
I am writing to learn if any of you have created such an area and if you added a statue, what scale statue did you select.
I continue to look at rider-on-horse figures,  but do not know if n-scale or HO is a better choice.
In the interim, I have taken one of the military tanks to use as the feature.
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013, 08:04:10 AM »
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Very topical topic for me...

I've been looking for an HO figure like the one in the picture to represent the 12' tall statue of "12 foot Davis" in Peace River but I have yet to find something close... any suggestions?



I have looked for Daniel Boone figures but none are small enough  :x
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013, 08:27:13 AM »
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Where are you search?  Are you in the US or North America?
I find a good selection of n-scale and HO figures at M.B. Klein online.

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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 08:41:18 AM »
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Where are you search?  Are you in the US or North America?
I find a good selection of n-scale and HO figures at M.B. Klein online.

The Great White North... Canada
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2013, 09:05:58 AM »
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try small scale military modeling.  Most of Bernie Kempenski's ACW folks are reworked metal miniatures for wargaming.  There's bound to be something close - perhaps 1:72 WOULD WORK?
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2013, 10:57:37 AM »
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Thanks for war game suggestion.  There is a war game shop next to the LHS here.
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2013, 07:13:16 AM »
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I visited the local war games store adjacent to LHS and found a Civil War figure of man on a horse;
it is 10 millimeter scale and seems just enough bigger than life
to fit as a feature in my park.

The Gold Medal Models spike tipped wrought iron fence arrived; kits 160-29 and 160-30, so I have the
materials.  In fact, I think I have enough fence to use some around a cemetery to replace part of
the stone wall.
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2013, 12:14:08 PM »
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A wargame shop next to a Hobby shop :o. , were are you :D :D :D :D
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2013, 12:20:10 PM »
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There was a war game shop in Park Royal South, old area but I don't think it is there any more.  If you come to Vancouver as a connection to elsewhere you should find some good war gaming stores.
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2013, 12:32:03 PM »
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I was in North Van last weekend, went over the bridge to Central Hobbies, one of the things i picked up was a Bluford shops Tranfer caboose which are awsome. :D
Hope to make it to Salute this year.
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2013, 06:08:27 PM »
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This is wide angle.  I have reserved the location for a park, just never had the idea how to do it.


Couple of views
I will strip the horse and man; more of the fence forth coming.
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2013, 07:24:45 PM »
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That's going to look really nice Roger. Are you planning on painting the sculpture to represent aged bronze?
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2013, 07:29:20 PM »
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Yes, I hope to find an aged bronze for the statue.  Need to strip it first so that the details are not lost.

Perhaps the picture makes the area look nicer that it really is.   

Also decided to move the grade crossing guard house over one intersection.

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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2013, 07:57:11 PM »
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Yes, I hope to find an aged bronze for the statue.  Need to strip it first so that the details are not lost.

Perhaps the picture makes the area look nicer that it really is.   

Also decided to move the grade crossing guard house over one intersection.

OK, one thing that bothers me a bit, both in your park and in the MR article, is the proximity to the railroad tracks. In real life, city planners try to locate parks in quieter locations. But, since model RR layouts are mainly depicting the railroad right of way, finding a quiet out of the way spot in a city on a layout would be a tall order.
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Re: Modeling Town Square - Park
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2013, 08:13:41 PM »
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OK, one thing that bothers me a bit, both in your park and in the MR article, is the proximity to the railroad tracks. In real life, city planners try to locate parks in quieter locations. But, since model RR layouts are mainly depicting the railroad right of way, finding a quiet out of the way spot in a city on a layout would be a tall order.

While that may be true in newer developed cities/parks, in many older towns, parks are adjacent because the tracks go relatively close to the center of town and most of these areas were "central parks". The two boroughs my town surround both have their "memorial" parks right next to the railroad tracks (or on the other side of the street), including a baseball fields tennis court, football field, etc. While traveling through small town after small town on my trip through the midwest two years ago, a number of towns had their small, downtown parks right next to the right-of-ways. Granted, these aren't 10 baseball/soccer field type parks, but a small statue or some picnic tables and small play-set wouldn't be uncommon,

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