It has been a couple years since I last posted a build thread. Decided to build another whimsical layout this winter. Following my past practices I built the frame 54" x 25" and decide on two continuous loops, one below and one above. This provides for more activity when displayed. Looking around for ideas I found a toy castle of my granddaughters and decided a castle on one side with a dragon on a mountain on the other side. A stone arch bridge will connect the two sides in the front and a maybe a drawbridge in the back.
I wrestled with the decision on whether to make it Gn15 or Gnine. I settled on Gnine because of the quirkiness and my Strawberry Mountain layout has been very reliable running 8 to 9 hours daily at several show over the past few years. Track was laid and ballasted, bridge built and castle begun. I found a suitable dragon at the toy store. Once painted it should have the right character.
I decided to use Minions as they are popular, recognizable, available and should be a hit with the younger population at shows. Besides, minions have existed since the beginning of time and have influenced many historical events!
The castle is coming along. Built with foam board. After removing paper from one side I carve the stones into the foam. For the towers I first peeled the paper from both sides and using spray adhesive wrapped the foam around mailing tubes. Then I carved the stone.
This is a mockup of the site of Humpty Dumpty's great fall. Appears that minions were involved in this bit of history too.