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BNSW: The "Buchstabennudelsuppenweisheit" - "

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:02 am
by Alexanderrainer
Hello all,

as one may have seen in the latest scrapbook page (http://www.carendt.com/scrapbook/page92a/index.html), I tried to squeeze Gn15 in a really tiny space due to an invitation of friends of mine for a 20th anniversary miniature exhibition in their shop in Bremen these days.

As the maximum space of 15 x 15 x 15 cm was given I decided to make a end-to-end folding layout, considering the "Green End quarry" line, developing a the fantastical idea of a railroad for scrabble players and including a small wordpuzzle which is described in the scrapbook ;)
Many thanks for the inspiration, Bob!

Energy comes transformed via a three pole switch, situated in the top of the chimney at the rear right end.

I was very amused to see my line in a paper bag at the end.

If one has comments, recommendations or questions, so this is the place.


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Seen this, another modelling frined wrote: "You'd even squeeze a Gn15 loco shed on a beer mat!"

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:43 am
by JT Previa
Very nice work. Inventive folding layout idea and the power switch in the chimney!

I'm also happy to see some model railroading publicly displayed with other arts and crafts. That bag also makes a nice shadow box.

Congratulations! :D

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:46 am
by dieselwater
It's brilliant, I want one! Such charm and detail in such a small space :D And such a beautiful presentation too.

Re: BNSW: The "Buchstabennudelsuppenweisheit" - &a

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:09 pm
by Blackcloud Railways
Alexanderrainer wrote:...considering the "Green End quarry" line...
Many thanks for the inspiration, Bob...


I'm glad you liked it enough to consider the idea worth using again. "Omitting the middle" looks good in Gn15, and takes up a lot less room too. 8)

Alexanderrainer wrote:...Seen this, another modelling friend wrote: "You'd even squeeze an loco shed on a beer mat!"


I'm sure there are several Gnatterboxers now thinking what I'm thinking...
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Footnote: GEQ has since been sold and is no longer part of the Blackcloud Railways portfolio.

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:49 pm
by Alexanderrainer
In addition to the words above:

Rolling stock is completely scratchbuilt. The critter ist mounted on a Bachmann gandy dancer (new 5-pole motor, runs reasonably), the two driver figures removed. The caboose is made of paper cardboard, some wooden parts, pins. It’s fantasy built, constructed following the circumstances of having minimum space, it’s obviously a battery trammer. The skip is made of a small tray from a plastic ice-cube maker (these made for freezing water in a fridge), some bowed wire and all that mounted on a bogie of a Mehano car.

Figures are more or less Gn15, more less than more ;) The boy with the showel is a Schleich figure, the female driver is obviously a copy of a wellknown female Preiser figure I purchased in a shop here around specialised for Garden scale. Comparing with a real Preiser 1:22,5, they seemed to be bigger.


Hello Bob: Sure they think about that! Considering too. A turntable should be included ;) I think, with 2,5 - 3 cm (more or less 1 inch?) in diameter positioned at any possible edge should work fine.

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:23 pm
by Gerry Bullock
Congratulations on the CARICATURE Alex. :wink:
I note that Carl thought it a Gem, a great Advert for Gn15. 8)
Not too many of us are likely to achieve a Shop-window on the World.

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 3:53 pm
by Blackcloud Railways
Gerry Bullock wrote:Not too many of us are likely to achieve a Shop-window on the World.


Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if some of the smaller local model shops could be persuaded to show a similar diorama in their window.

Maybe not with something so un-commercial as Gn15 but an N scale loco shed (on a beermat :lol: ), or something proportionally larger in OO, with a brand new engine on display so that there's some connection with what's on sale in the shop? :wink:

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 4:39 pm
by Geno6309
Bob

I applaud you good taste in beer [Boddington's] :D

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:21 pm
by KEG
Just in case, Bable fish refuses to translate : Buchstabennudelsuppenweisheit

Alphabet-Soup-Noodle-Wisdom

I wonder, what folks will use, which can´t read. Spaghetti? Anyway, I like the litle diorama and I like the idea, how it is presented in the window.

Have Fun

Juergen

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:24 pm
by chris stockdale
Another Gnatterboxer, another great layout.

These things seem to go together like ham and eggs (if I may use the transatlantic idiom without upsetting Jeeves :wink: )

It's just great Alex :D

And the name is longer than the layout!


cheers

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:32 pm
by John New
Another supporting vote from me too. Really good work., I had seen it on Carl's site earlier.

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:57 pm
by Steve Bennett
Caught my eye on Carls site as well, superb Alex and a great example of imaginative modelling very well put together.
Being cheeky :lol: have you got any bigger versions of the photo's. Would be great to be able to study it in more detail :wink:

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:22 pm
by cjwalas
A lovely lighthearted diorama. I'd love to see a few closer shots as well.
Chris

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:47 pm
by Blackcloud Railways
Geno6309 wrote:Bob

I applaud you good taste in beer [Boddington's] :D


I was weaned on the stuff but never touch the it these days.

Strangeways Brewery was closed and demolished by Interbrew (or InBev or whoever owned the brand name at the time). Anything now claiming to be Boddies is an inferior quality fake beer. The keg rubbish is brewed in Cardiff or somewhere equally un-Mancunian. The ersatz Boddingtons cask beer is now brewed by Hydes in Moss Side, and tastes like... well, Hydes actually.

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:52 pm
by foswaldy13
GREAT WORK!! I would like to see larger pics as well.

I am seriously tempted to build something similar myself.

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:08 pm
by Blackcloud Railways
foswaldy13 wrote:I am seriously tempted to build something similar myself.


This kind of model lends itself perfectly to fishing line power so the whole layout, including the train, can be very cheap to build as a secondary modelling project without diverting resources from one's main layout. It's an ideal exercise to while away the long winter evenings (apologies to readers in the Southern Hemisphere :roll: ).

The trammer in my earlier photo (with the beermat) is a die-cast toy on an HO scale freight car truck. Total cost less than 5 pounds (about 8 dollars). Add to this a short length of track, a bodged/converted second-hand wagon and mainly scrap cardboard scenery. The driver is from a previous layout so you'd still be looking at less than a tenner (16 dollars) for the entire model if you used puppet strings instead of a conventional powered loco to make your own version of Alexander's excellent little layout.

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:20 pm
by John New
so the whole layout, including the train, can be very cheap to build as a secondary modelling project


Well said. I reminded myself with my card challenge layout back in 2007 that making something small, simple and quick can be just as satisfying as the big, seriously researched project and very therapeutic. David (dieselwater) made a similar point in the last day or so too with regard to his critters.

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:50 pm
by michael
Alex, very clever solution to the size restrictions, Gotta like the brickwork too :wink:

Very creative and captures the character of model railways perfectly!

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:47 pm
by mud magnet
Alex, great work

Gives me some thoughts about building something small over the Christmas hols while the family are watching the TV!

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:15 am
by Alexanderrainer
Hi all together,

as some of you reqested for larger pictures:

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Michael, you got me! ;)

Forgot to say, that these alphabets are real noodles.

And, yes: Actually I included the english translation "Alphabet soup wisdom" in the topic, but there was regrettably no space for such a long name.

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:37 pm
by underworld
Alexanderrainer
Awesome idea!!! Now this lets me know I can come up with some sort of diorama to take on the road!!! :mrgreen:


underworld

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:56 pm
by Alexanderrainer
There is another interesting story to the object in the far left paperbag in the shop window:

Staying overnight at my brothers house some weeks ago my mother had quail eggs for breakfast. The standard egg cups where too big for that, so she asked her hosts in a funny mood for quail egg cups, told this story the day after to Reinhard Ose (one of the two exhibitors) and in fact he was inspired and made such an bird shaped eyeglasses wearing funny object. Funny enough, these items go like hot cakes.

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:09 pm
by Steve Bennett
Thanks for the bigger photo's Alex, great to be able to see all the details.
Quite tempted to try something like this in 1:12 scale :roll:

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 7:28 pm
by mud magnet
Quite tempted to try something like this in 1:12 scale

I look forward to seeing that one Steve :lol:

Great photos!

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:42 pm
by Blackcloud Railways
mud magnet wrote:
Quite tempted to try something like this in 1:12 scale

I look forward to seeing that one Steve :lol:

Great photos!


What is needed in this kind of model is the additional details (such as the alphabet noodles :D ) which the viewer spots after the initial spell of watching the train run back and forth a couple of times. This sort of operational diorama lends itself to a variety of scales, but I'd say the bigger the better. It definitely works in Gn15, as Alexander has shown. It is also the best way to try out something new, like an even larger scale, because of the relatively small commitment of materials and time involved and 1:12 sounds like a very interesting prospect, go for it Steve. 8)