Train Town 5
Posted 30 August 2009 - 04:56 AM
So, here's the new pictures:
Complete Layout (it looks small in this picture, but a lot larger in real life)
Town Square (I don't think that Town Plan looks bad next to the Cafe Corner at all).
Town Plan gas station next to Cafe Corner (not bad either)
The small farm on the East side of town (also space for some forklifts and train cargo)
This simple layout took me quite a bit of time, but I'm please with the final outcome.
Posted 30 August 2009 - 06:53 AM
I find it hard to mix timeless classics like Main street with the newer stuff
Mostly because building styles have changed, very much like LEGO cars vary, (why can't there just be one )
The farm is a nice addition, you wouldn't happen to have that wind turbine truck set? That would look cool in there
Once again we see the smaller family farms are being crowded by the large city development
Only suggestion or improvement I have would be to consider adding green baseplates under all the rail track and then use the empty space for trees and foliage (if you have enough that is)
Posted 30 August 2009 - 04:19 PM
if you compare with the other sets.
Posted 30 August 2009 - 04:33 PM
Nevertheless, a great wonderful setup.
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Posted 30 August 2009 - 04:42 PM
This is one of the biggest challenges when building a train layout (to stay within the tracks OR to place the tracks on the baseplates). Whenever I set the tracks on them, I have some areas (the curves), higher than the rest. It looks a bit awkward and creates ups and downs.
I suppose one remedy would be to use a few plates (round 1x1s) under the curved track to connect them to the plates. Another option (and someone had suggested this to me), would be to use some sort of green mat to cover the board (blending in the plates with the table). Right now, the onlt "mat" I have is beige/tan which is great for desert, but not for green.
This would make a great topic of itself. Perhaps I'll start one.
EDIT: I've taken a larger daylight image of this if any of you would like to see it:
Train Town 5 - Large
Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:54 PM
I really it!
I really like to see that you now finally bought the awesome 10184 Town Plan - it has to be included in every great town layout. The only advise I want to give you is to add the stickers to it - especially the cinema looks much better with stickers!
Although I really do not like these CC styled buildings I must admit that the Cafe Corner looks quite good at the location where you put it - esp. with the trees in front.
Imo the farm does not fit that well in this layout since you built up a downtown area. Why didn't you place the classic Main Street where now there is the farm?
I really like the roundabout with the cypres trees (of which I sadly own none - and these are that expensive when you want to buy them ) and the fountain. And I even like that you added a lot of trees in general - it makes your otwn looking much more friendly.
Very well done!
Posted 31 August 2009 - 03:13 PM
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 03:39 AM
Yes, I think you're right-on with the need for stickers. I may just have to break-down and put them on.
In regard to Cafe Corner, I must admit that it's my personal favorite model. I was NOT planning to buy the modulars, and now that I have the one, I must say that I absolutely love it. I enjoy looking at it (over and over again) - kinda gives me one of those "warm fuzzy feelings". I do plan to buy the Green Grocer soon, as well as the new Fire Brigade. As someone who lives ina very dry, arid climate, without many "traditional green trees" (sort of like Grave Stone), I love having the green plates and lots of trees. - reminds me of Germany!
I nixed the Classic Main Street because the style just didn't fit well, and the farm is larger and newer (thinking it blends in more). I love the farm, the red roofs, and the cows. Plus, with Cafe Corner, that's a hotel, and I have a more detailed "Main Street" now. Those cypress trees are from the old Knights Tournament set (x2) purchased in the late 70s/early 80s (dating myself again) .
You should share your layout sometime. I'd look forward to seeing it.
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