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Prototypical Fantasy Layouts
Posted by Billwiz on Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:38 PM
I’ve read posts about a sci-fi layout and a layout based on Stephen King’s Derry Maine.  What other fantasy themed but “prototypical” layouts have people done or would like to do?
I think a point to point layout from Gotham City to Metropolis would be great.  Gotham could be done in the George Sellios FSM style with everything run down and various Batman villains running amok.  Metropolis could be lightly weathered, bright and cheery with the Daily Planet tower in the center.  An additional section could be added with the Kent farm in Smallville.
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Posted by MisterBeasley on Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:48 PM

I just use the occasional fantasy scene in an otherwise normal layout.  There's a mermaid, Superman emerging from a phone booth and the 4 heroes from the Wizard of Oz on the yellow brick road.

It takes an iron man to play with a toy iron horse. 

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, August 15, 2019 1:53 PM

The Kansas City Union Station model railroad display has quite a few fun things for kids.  For example, a dinosaur on a street, Spiderman on the side of a building, etc.

When we took the grandkids, we had a list of things to look for, that the kids loved pointing them out.

I am a fan of 1950s science fiction movies, so I have a train station with the name Altair, a Robby's gas station, etc.

Right now I'm scratch building the Bates motel and house from Psycho.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, August 15, 2019 3:03 PM

I seem to remember the Bates Motel being offered as an HO scale kit at some time.

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Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by cuyama on Thursday, August 15, 2019 3:19 PM

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There have been a number of Middle Earth model railroads over the years and some are currently active. Many of these use either off-the-shelf or modified British-outline rolling stock, sometimes narrow gauge. The internet search string "Middle Earth model railroad" yields some interesting results. A similar search on “Discworld model railroad” also brings up a few layouts. I've designed a couple of layouts based on those books and also a layout based on Warner Brothers cartoons (Road Runner, Bugs Bunny, etc.). Unfortunately, none of [those designs of mine] have been built as yet.

From this thread:

http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/88/t/277165.aspx

 

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, August 15, 2019 5:38 PM

SeeYou190
I seem to remember the Bates Motel being offered as an HO scale kit at some time. . -Kevin

 

Yes, I looked for an N Scale version, but couldn't find any.  Anyway, I am enjoying building it from scratch.  I did order some windows from Tichy, but everything else I have been able to make.

I've said before ... I should have paid more attention in high school geometry.  The roof angles on the house and motel are driving me crazy.

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Posted by BroadwayLion on Saturday, August 17, 2019 10:05 AM

The previous layout of the LION was JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth. I only modeled the area around Bree, but there were commuter trains from Fornost, Reginal trains from Hobbiton and Rivendell, and long distance trains running from Gondor to Fornost and from the Loney Mountain to the Grey Havens.

The two long distance trains (from each direction -- four trains) arrived at Bree at 1300 and left at 1400. Thus you could change at Bree for any other place in Middle Earth.

 

The Layout is gone, but I still have the timetables.

 

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Posted by garya on Sunday, August 18, 2019 8:09 PM

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Posted by Billwiz on Monday, August 19, 2019 6:05 PM

Thanks everyone.  Now as I'm considering a new layout I am thinking about incorporating the idea of a Metropolis to Gotham theme. This gives me the options of clean, bright city vs. gritty, dark, over-weathered city while incorporating my love of Batman and Superman.  

 

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Posted by dknelson on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:43 AM

SeeYou190

I seem to remember the Bates Motel being offered as an HO scale kit at some time.  

-Kevin  

Polar Lights made a kit for the Bates mansion; I'm not aware of a kit for the Bates motel per se.  Polar Lights seems to be long gone.

Which reminds me that I sometimes still regret passing up the opportunity to purchase a novelty shower curtain that had the shadowy outline of old Mrs Bates, with knife in hand.  It's eco-friendly because it keeps showers brief.  Very brief.  

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 1:57 PM

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Which reminds me that I sometimes still regret passing up the opportunity to purchase a novelty shower curtain that had the shadowy outline of old Mrs Bates, with knife in hand.  It's eco-friendly because it keeps showers brief.  Very brief.   Dave Nelson

Old Mrs Bates was skeletal corps in a chair upstairs - time marker 1:02

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWHYmNrAFlI

Wouldn't it have been the shadowy outline of Norman Bates in his mothers dress and wig?

Not so eco friendly.  There didn't seem to be anyone shutting off the shower after the deed was done.  Water was cheap back then.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WtDmbr9xyY

I note she turned on the shower and didn't even wait for the hot water to warm up.  Details details.

 

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Posted by schief on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:30 PM

"Thanks everyone.  Now as I'm considering a new layout I am thinking about incorporating the idea of a Metropolis to Gotham theme. This gives me the options of clean, bright city vs. gritty, dark, over-weathered city while incorporating my love of Batman and Superman. "

I think this is a great idea.  It allows a lot of unrestricted creative freedom as well as the opportunity for really great modeling. ( still figuring out how to quote properly)

 

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Posted by Billwiz on Thursday, August 22, 2019 8:15 AM

schief
I think this is a great idea.  It allows a lot of unrestricted creative freedom as well as the opportunity for really great modeling. ( still figuring out how to quote properly)

 

The more I think about it, the more excited I get.  Dont have the room for a huge two city layout, but could design something that achieves the purposes, giving me some good modeling options and some fun.  No Schumaker neon from Batman and Robin, but I could add Penguin's Iceberg Lounge, police headquarters (with batsignal), and Wayne Manor on the outskirts of town.  Then create an industrial area (as seen in Batman V. Superman), which leads across the harbor to Metropolis with a Daily Planet building.  Could be fun.

 

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Posted by ndbprr on Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:21 PM

There have been some John Galt railroads based on Ayn Rands novel.  I dabble with the proposed but never built PRR Sam Rea line across Pennsylvania.  A complete empty slate of route and towns with a total choice of PRR equipment

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Posted by BRAKIE on Saturday, August 31, 2019 11:01 AM

Back in the 90s on a club layout I lettered a DPM store  Gault's "Needful Things". This store was named after the store in Stephen King's "Needful Things" novel.

 

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