Lego Trains & HO Scale Landscaping
Posted 13 September 2009 - 06:10 AM
I was just wondering, have any of you utilized HO or model railroad lanscaping with Lego Trains? I see that a few train fans utilize the green grass matting, but how about tunnels, trees, and other model railroad landscaping. I believe I've seen one layout that looked pretty good (will post an image if I can find it).
Posted 13 September 2009 - 09:30 AM
Personally I think it looks GREAT(rix), and I agree with Carls comments about Lego elements most often
beeing too shiny to get that natural look on grass and trees. So, I'd like to try something similar
See Railbricks article about Greatrix display.....
Posted 13 September 2009 - 12:17 PM
Honestly though, even though I think using scale-modelling materials and tools to build landscapes could, and probably would, look nice (like in the catalogs from late 80's - early 90's), I can't get over the nagging feeling that it's a bit like cheating. Plus, landscapes of that type are single-use only - once it's in place there's no reusing it.
Posted 13 September 2009 - 12:20 PM
About H0: that's scale 1:87, Minifig scale is around twice the size, so for trees and buildings it isn't an option. But a combination of LEGO for the trains, track, buildings and vehicles, and a non-LEGO landscape sounds very interesting.
Posted 13 September 2009 - 02:49 PM
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Posted 13 September 2009 - 03:11 PM
In my opinion, fully LEGO scenery is better because it provides more opportunities for little whimsical scenes for exhibiting. That seems to be waht kids love and it was the little details everywhere that kids (and adults) were looking for that kept them at my layout longer than others.
And it's more fun to do fully LEGO scenery because it is sometimes more challenging and easily modified if need be.
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Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:34 AM
Since the introduction of the modular houses, which I feel represent a jump in the detail of town models, I'm more interested in building totaly from lego elements. I agree with others that this adds to the sense of achievement and the ability to change things later.
Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:02 PM
Another model railroad item that I can highly recommend is Woodland Scenics Readygrass Vinyl Mats (http://woodlandsceni....cfm/ReadyGrass) Unlike previous products, these mats don't shed and are used widely for temporary train layouts and wargaming miniature battlefields.
Posted 28 April 2010 - 07:51 PM
That being said, I think that using some of the model train scenery materials for background works fine and can be really nice, like grass mats for the underground or plywood elevations or ramps (maybe covered with grass mat too). However, model cars in a Lego town or model train type people in a Lego train or at a train station would look totally out of place.
Something in between, like ballast under/between the railroad tracks or maybe real sand in a dump truck looks of course very realistic and is certainly not ugly but I prefer using Lego pieces anyway.
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