| Midnight Railroader wrote:|
| tomikawaTT wrote:|
Didn't somebody tell me that the Northlandz scenery was made of concrete? If so, I doubt that it will show much wear and tear unless the Joisey cockroaches carry jackhammers...
Of COURSE it's a fantasy. So are the many things on flanged wheels at Disney World. Really serious model railroaders will search in vain for switching puzzles and single-track meets, but that's not what it's about. People (INCLUDING serious model railroaders) who are willing to suspend their disbelief will enjoy the one mile stroll through dreamland and come out smiling.
Chuck (modeling Central Japan in September, 1964)
Have you actually SEEN it?
It isn't even a well-done fantasy; it is slapped-together, poorly done work which was obviously created by someone motivated by wanting to be able to claim he had a really big layout.
I'm happy to suspend my disbelief, if the subject is worth the effort. But this one doesn't even try.
And Walt Disney, a model railroader who believed in excellence, would roll over in his grave if he knew you'd used his name in the same post as this...display.
Have YOU actually seen it? I was there the week after it opened & several more times with the grandsons. As I stated earlier - it's not for the NMRA competitions for rivet counters, it's a fun place for "kids from 3 to 93"!!
There's a DC3 stuck into a mountain with one wing, and the passengers are dancing on the wing because they all survived!! There's an outhouse factory!! There's grannys place - a quarry wanted to buy her property & she wouldn't sell, so they mined around her place leaving her on a mountain hundreds of feet in the air with verticle sides - and she put her outhouse over the quarry!!
There's a city with 7' or 8' high skyscrapers, a winter scene, an old time western fort with cowboys & indians, a hotel on the side of a cliff hundreds of feet up, a model of the bridge on the Firth of Fourth made from balsa and 35' long, and more than would fill a page or two in this forum!!
No, it's not "fine scale modeling", it's more like HO scale Disneyland!!
The verticle height of the layout is 35 or 45 actual feet (don't remember which) and to answer another poster's question, the "ground cover" is sheets dipped in concrete - it's a commercial structure and there are fire codes to comply with, as well as the need to climb on the scenery for maintenance.
The design is pure genius - you walk on a continuous ramp spiraling to the top and back down - you never cross the walk and you see every scene from 3 or 4 angles. Some of the scenes are decorated differently on opposite sides so you don't know you have seen it once or twice before!!
There is a huge pipe organ that's played every hour or so, and a doll collection for the ladies from 3 to 93!!
There have been previous posts about Northlandz - use the search on the forum - you will find your opinion is in about a 2 or 3% minority. If you can't enjoy Northlandz - you'll probably hate the hereafter - no matter which direction you go!!
Lou V H
Photo by John