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Postby Bob Roegge » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:21 pm

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.
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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.
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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!
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This last picture shows two carloads of strawberries.
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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.
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Postby Cross Kitter » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:42 pm

Awsome :shock: :shock: :shock:

I really admire your imagination, and your ability to make something both of pure fantasy but so believable. Stunnig modelling as well.

Looking forward to more updates.
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Postby Adrian » Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:02 am

G'day Bob

WOW !!!

Now that is a layout.
Thought that you might do something of that order after seeing your buildings earlier but you have blown me away.
You have, indeed, your very own sense of the whimsy that should put you amongst the greats of railway modellers.
If the layout looks this good now can't wait to see it finished.
I will post more pictures as I continue to build.
Just keep those pictures coming.
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.
From someone who has been down the 'fantasy' path do not expect visible adoration from all the modelling fraternity ..... some, although they might secretly enjoy the layout, do not want to show their admiration of your work to their peers for fear of 'put-downs'. ( Strange world and their loss.)

Keep up the good work.
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Postby DCRfan » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:04 am

I'd never be able to last a weekend exhibition without trying to eat the strawberrys. Great modelling and good luck.
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Postby chris stockdale » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:37 am

Yikes!

Gosh!

Coo!

It's great! Love it.


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Postby Simon Andrews » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:10 am

Great layout 8) Whimsy seems very hard to do well, but you have done a great job. Nice work :D

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Postby AndyA » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:36 am

Simon Andrews wrote:Great layout 8) Whimsy seems very hard to do well, but you have done a great job. Nice work :D

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I'll second that. I've always wanted to have a go at something like that, but you've raised the bar significantly.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Sep 03, 2011 12:06 pm

Terrific Bob, have a bit of a soft spot for this style of modelling since seeing this one, based on the painting of Summit Station by Dan Sawatsky a couple of years ago.
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There are more within the Fantasonics Website which might fuel even more ideas.
Really looking forward to seeing how you develop this :D
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Postby Blackcloud Railways » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:34 pm

Funny that Summit should turn up now, just as we are adopting the CRM module methods with the APA boxes. :D

Andrew Milner built the wonderful fantasy scene, OO9 on the high level loop and OO on the low level through line, as part of the first CRM modular layout, displayed in Crewe January 2009.
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Postby Glen A » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:58 pm

Fantastic work Bob.
That rock work is superb!

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Postby Ian-IoM » Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:58 pm

Good stuff, Bob. Really well done and great fun - I like it :D
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Postby Bob Roegge » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:28 am

All the kind comments are very encouraging. I had not seen the actual model of the Summit - really cool.

Today I have been testing the positioning the strawberry plants. I think the following overall view is my favorite. Seems the plants thrive only at a specific altitude and only on the south east sides of the mountains. I am not happy with the selection of strawberries available locally. I want some smaller ones and some green as well. Will have to search the internet.
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This is the view from the east (left) end.
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The station, crooked water tower and crooked tree have been set on the Tyke's Peak on the west (right) side.
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Postby Glen A » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:22 am

Bob Roegge wrote:I am not happy with the selection of strawberries available locally. I want some smaller ones and some green as well. Will have to search the internet.


:idea: I am sure a man of your talents, could convert some of the red ones to green with a touch of paint :?:

And will the railway carry a watering can on one of the wagons :?:

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Postby Bob Roegge » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:20 pm

Glen A wrote:
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And will the railway carry a watering can on one of the wagons :?:

Watering can is a good idea - I will have to work on that.

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Postby demaine22 » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:27 pm

Hi Bob,

I think it's great you're thinking of all spectators for when you do shows, your layout looks great and I think you have managed to tap into a unique industry there 8)
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:25 am

I was browsing the web when I found This Picture and it reminded me of your model :)

Proves (to me) that you've produced something memorable :D
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Postby Bob Roegge » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:49 pm

[quote="More_Cats_Than_Sense"]I was browsing the web when I found This Picture and it reminded me of your model :)

Good catch. I searched the web for whimsical buildings and found that and several others that exist in real life. They served as the basis for the models I built. Proves that it is prototypical. I have some imagination but rely on previous works for many ideas.
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Postby ian holmes » Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:43 pm

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Postby Bob Roegge » Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:52 pm

The hobbit houses are built. Still a lot of details to add to complete them and fully blend them into scene.

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Postby Bob Roegge » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:14 am

Began construction of the first engine for the layout. Decided to follow the design elements of Smallbrook style engines. I began with a Bachmann USRA 060 switcher. Lotsa sanding and detail work to follow but basic design shows.

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Postby Glen A » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:30 am

Maybe its the angle you have taken the photo on, but the size of the engine looks bigger than the tunnel on the layout :?


That piece of dual gauge track you have photographed it on looks interesting. Is it just a length for display and photography, or is it part of a layout?

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Postby Bob Roegge » Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:27 pm

Glen A wrote:Maybe its the angle you have taken the photo on, but the size of the engine looks bigger than the tunnel on the layout :?

Must be the angle....it fits through the tunnel but just barely.


That piece of dual gauge track you have photographed it on looks interesting. Is it just a length for display and photography, or is it part of a layout?


This just a short display / photo section.
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Postby Bob Roegge » Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:56 pm

Added a bit of paint to the engine. Still a ways to go.

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Postby Glen A » Sat Sep 17, 2011 7:49 pm

Gnice job. 8)

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Postby skylon » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:23 pm

Lovely loco. Really like the paint job.

How steady is it in motion?
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