At a recent event I displayed my Gn15 Ironhorse Vinyards
layout and realized that while the adults found the modeling of interest the littlest of the attendees were more interested in a small Leprachaun figure that I had standing on a small Gnine display. It occurred to me that a whimsical layout may play to all audiences as the modeling would be adult oriented but the fantasy theme would attract the attention of all.
Thus I came home and immediately began toying with the fantasy world. Some would say I have always lived in a fantasy world! As I belive is normal for most of us our inspiration comes from the work of others. Our models as well are often a rehash of others designs. The inspiration for Starwberry Mountain lies in the sketches on the Model Railroad Magic Wedsite "The Station at Summit. As with my Ironhorse Vineyards I decided to build the layout 2' x 4' which fits nicely in my car for travel. Height is mited by the car as well to a maximum of 32 1/2". I decided to build two continuous loops - one at the base and one as an upper level run. The Station at Summit gave me the idea of two peaks connected by a bridge in the front and back. The loop at the base would be exposed at the front and sides and run through a tunnel across the back. The upper loop would be totally exposed. The name Strawberry Mountain comes from the industry - GIANT strawberries that grow on the sides of the peaks. The little 1/24th scale people will need ladders, scaffolding block and tackle and heavy tools to gather the strawberries. A single strawberry will be a carload. Everything is to be scratch made with the exception of engine mechanisms, wheels and rail. I hope not to deviate from that plan much. With the concept in mind I started around 25 July.
This first picture is the basic baseboard of 1x3" pine with two inch foam atop it and two inch foam to form the base of the two peaks. The structures were made from foam board and cardstock and painted with acrylics. I posted pictures of them on the "New to Gnine" thread for those just tuning in.
In this picture you can see that the track has been hand layed and bridges begun. In the base of the two peaks will be a couple Hobbit houses. I decided to add a siding as well.
There is an outcropping off the left peak that I decided should be cracked and about to fall. Timbers have benn placed below to support it!
This last picture shows two carloads of strawberries.
I will post more pictures as I continue to build. The goal is to reach all ages with figures and funny buildings etc for the younge with a touch of humor that adults will pick up on.