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Blair Line's Pizza Land........Built......

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Blair Line's Pizza Land........Built......
Posted by superbe on Friday, October 20, 2017 8:14 PM

 

After 10 plus years of modeling my RR I am getting ready to build my first structure, a Blair Line laser kit.  

After seeing their kit for Pizza Land, I just had to have it on the layout. Those of you who watched the TV series The Sopranos, in the introduction of each episode you saw James Goldofini aka Tony Sirico driving to his home in NJ from NYC, going past Pizza Land. Goldofini died unexpectedly while on vacation in Italy. Some think it was a hit.

  

To get an idea of what it is like to assemble a laser kit I bought Blair’s loading dock. Admittedly this is a very simple one and everything went well.

 

Pictures to follow.

 

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Posted by HO-Velo on Friday, October 20, 2017 11:07 PM

Bob,  I liked Pizzaland when I first saw it in the Walthers catalog.  But was short on real estate and already had a pizza parlor in the works.

The loading dock looks good, will be looking forward to seeing your Pizzaland.  I can still envision Clemenza saying "Leave the gun.  Take the pizza."

Regards,  Peter  

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Posted by zstripe on Saturday, October 21, 2017 7:06 AM

Peter,

Wasn't Clemenza in the ''Godfather'' and said ''leave the gun, take the Cannoli's''?

Didn't watch all the Sopranos series.

I would rather have the Cannoli's anyway! LOL

Take Care! Big Smile

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Posted by HO-Velo on Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:21 AM

zstripe
''Godfather'' and said ''leave the gun, take the Cannoli's''

Oops, wrong gangster film.  I've got a sweet tooth, but I'd still go for the pizza over cannoli anyday, haha. 

"The apple does not fall far from the tree."  The pizza place on my layout was modeled by my son from a Downtown Deco Bingos Pool Hall kit, that's him behind the counter working the dough.  And in real life he makes from scratch some killer pizza, with a cheese filled crust to boot.

Regards,  Peter

 

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Posted by zstripe on Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:35 PM

Peter,

I figured that maybe You were in the right church......but the wrong pew! LOL

BTW: My Boxer likes pizza....especially with cheese filled crust....... In Chgo, that would be considered deep dish pizza:

He would pass on the cannoli too!

Take Care! Big Smile

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, October 21, 2017 2:59 PM

HOLY CATS!

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I had no idea there was a model of that building... now i must own one!

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I loved the Sopranos. Thanks.

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-Kevin

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Posted by wjstix on Monday, October 23, 2017 1:38 PM

Maybe Blair Line should do a series of kits based on famous New York "mob" related buildings. Next from the Sopranos could be Train Land..."Bobby bought it at Train Land!"...followed by Corleone Olive Oil Importers.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, October 27, 2017 5:30 PM

Are there really very many recognizable buildings from movies and TV? The Pizza Land structure is only recognizable for the way it was featured in the show's introduction. It played no part in the actual series.

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Most iconic buildings from movies (Wayne Manor, The Hall of Justice, Starke Tower, Shawshank Prison, Downton Abbey) are either WAY too large to feature on a layout, or easily identifiable with a prototype location.

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You have the residences like Archie Bunker's House, or the house from A Christmas Story, but those are really not anything special, nor do they have readily identifiable features.

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Can anyone think of a good one?

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-Kevin

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Posted by willy6 on Saturday, October 28, 2017 12:44 PM

The HO scale White Castle restaurant from Twin Whistle models was used on tv commercials.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:07 PM

I just watched the intro on YouTube, and I believe the Plasticville "Cape Cod House" was used as Mister Roger's house in the opening sequence of Mister Roger's Neighborhood.

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-Kevin

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Posted by jim57 on Saturday, October 28, 2017 2:15 PM

SeeYou190
Are there really very many recognizable buildings from movies and TV?

If you are a fan of "Beetlejuice", check out 'The Boobie Hatch'Devil from Downtown Deco.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, October 28, 2017 4:32 PM

HO-Velo
in real life he makes from scratch some killer pizza, with a cheese filled crust to boot. Regards, Peter

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Looking at your restaurant, it seems it would be not too much work to build something similar with Capt. McClusky and Sollazzo sitting at a table while Michael is returning from the bathroom.

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The building is not iconic, but the scene sure would be.

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-Kevin

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Posted by RICHARD SALCER on Monday, October 30, 2017 4:51 AM

PIZZALAND is indeed an icon from an iconic show. For the sake of posterity and to honor the memory of a great actor, his name was James Gandolfini and he played the inimitable Tony Soprano.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, October 30, 2017 9:15 AM

RICHARD SALCER
inimitable

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Richard,

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Two posts in four years! We need to hear from you more often! Welcome

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Inimitable... I had to look that one up. Great new word that I will be using quite a bit today.

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-Kevin

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, October 30, 2017 9:17 AM

Jim,

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Welcome to the forums... your fist few posts are a bit delayed, do not get discouraged.

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Welcome

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You are correct, and I am a fan of Beetlejuice, and not just because it promiently featuredf a model railroad (but with no trains)!

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-Kevin

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Posted by superbe on Monday, October 30, 2017 7:05 PM

While taking brakes from working on the kit I've been preparing the site for it to sit. Choosing the site wasn't hard because I only had one open space with road frontage.

Site preparation in progress:

Really enjoy woking on this kit and only wish I had tried kits earlier.

Bob

 

 

 

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Posted by superbe on Saturday, November 04, 2017 6:49 PM

PIZZALAND is built and ready to open and is waiting for its first customers.

Very impressed with the Blair Line kit

Bob

 

 

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Posted by HO-Velo on Sunday, November 05, 2017 8:31 PM

Lookin' good Bob, can't go wrong with pizza.

Regards,  Peter

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, November 05, 2017 11:00 PM

Glad to hear the kit met your expectations.

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I have a couple of blair line kits already, a house and a church. Hopefully they will find a place on the layout. I will also keep a look out for my own Pizza Land kit.

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-Kevin

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Posted by superbe on Monday, November 06, 2017 8:40 AM

Peter,

I see you have an interest in pizza as well. Your scene of your son making pizza is typical of your real to life modeling, which I have admired for a long time. 

Thanks for the encouragement.

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 See You 190, 

Better get the Pizzaland kit. It keeps the memories of the Sopranos alive. It really seems odd that Tony died in Italy. What a loss!!

 Bob

 

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Posted by superbe on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 2:56 PM

The word is out that PIZZALAND is open for business and it's no surprise that Mr. Portly is one of the first customers.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 7:55 PM

Save me a slice of supreme pie.

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I can almost smell the toppings.

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-Kevin

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Posted by HO-Velo on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 10:50 PM

Bob,  Bravo, the Swift's truck must be delivering the meat, pepperoni, sausage, salami, linguica and canadian bacon.  Vehicles really help make the scene and I especially like the red Merc' and 53 Ford wagon.

Btw, thanks for the kind words.  Regards, Peter

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