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Can you recommend literature on how to build a city?

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Can you recommend literature on how to build a city?
Posted by Main on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 10:34 AM

It's about time to start construction on the modern city portion of my N-scale layout, roughly 2'x8'.  Can anyone recommend some good books, magazines or videos to get good info from?  Looking for everything from sidewalks, roads & parking lots to buildings, raised track and vehicles.

Thanks in advance,

T

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Posted by DSchmitt on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 8:53 PM

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 6:07 AM

According to one song: "We built this city on rock and roll".

Rio Grande.  The Action Road

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Posted by Main on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 7:33 AM

Thanks DS, ordered that one yesterday.

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Posted by gregc on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 8:07 AM

you may be interested looking at Rod Stewart's (the singer) layout described in the Dec 2007 MR (but there are other articles)

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 1:39 PM

There is another book from Kalmbach: "Building City Scenery for your model railroad" by John Pryke: https://www.amazon.com/Building-Scenery-Model-Railroad-Railroader/dp/0890243433

Regards, Volker

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Posted by railandsail on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 2:03 PM

I had 2 older Kalmbach publications I was going to recommend, since I have both in my pocession. I think I picked them up at a train show along the way.

Building City Scenery by John Pryke, yr 2000

Scenery Tips and Techniques, 1989, 19990, 1992

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Posted by kasskaboose on Thursday, October 04, 2018 1:06 PM

Rio: You win the Internet with that comment! Idea

What type of buildings you looking to have?  I ask b/c placing them randomly doesn't make much sense.  Are their specific industries you're hoping to replicate in a part of the US with a era?  Some buildings do change over time.

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, October 04, 2018 2:25 PM

I also wonder about what kind of city the OP wants.  It might be better to go with 3 and 4 story buildings modeled in the foreground and then a larger city as a backdrop image on the wall behind.

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Posted by Capt. Grimek on Friday, October 05, 2018 9:20 PM

Depending on how much room you have, give some thought as to how formerly rural buildings/sites and industrial areas, morphed into more modern, "civilized" structures like skyscrapers, fancy dept. stores and the like. If room is minimal, chose one of these over all others for the look and feel you want. I have a small area of about 2' by 8' where this is being "minimally" mirrored. People often comment that they can see how the city grew over time even though there are only  about 8 structures in all. From dirt paths to sidewalks within inches, etc. My city is still only in it's mock up stages but is already "reasonably" effective. There used to be a Sig (Special Interest Group) online called the "Urban Modeler" or something similar if anyone has a link to that. Lots of great ideas were on that site a few years back....

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Friday, October 05, 2018 9:42 PM

Jon Grandt is a British modeler who used to post here frequently.  He had a shelf width layout called Sweehome Chicago that was one of the best urban layouts I've ever seen.  Search for some of his old threads.

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Posted by Main on Saturday, November 24, 2018 9:25 AM
Thank you Gregg, still have all Issues to refer to. Love his pics, looking for a bit more of how to.

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