Thanks to all of you.
lightningtiger, on Feb 20 2010, 11:41 PM, said:
BEYOND AWESOME !!!!
From the railway to the old chip shop to the trad. London bus - you have out done yourself 'Ralph_S' !
Simply very beautiful and like I said beyond awesome - one the best I've seen in a real, real long time !
Keep on bricking 'Ralph_S' keep on bricking !
One of the things I didn't like too much about one of the collaborative displays I contributed to was that there was nothing but tables behind the row of buildings lined up alongside the road. Because a lot of trains going into London run over the top of viaducts/ Victorian arches, building one of those seemed like a nice idea, and if you've got a railway track, you've got to have a train, right?
Reaper052, on Feb 20 2010, 11:47 PM, said:
This is exactly the king of layout I would love to have. With a train, cars, lots of figs, and a number of buildings all in a small easy to display space. How large is this in terms of baseplates?
That's exactly what I was looking for too. I had a lot of fun working on collaborative displays, but I've seen other people build compact town displays somewhat like this one. The length of it is the equivalent of 6 32x32 baseplates. It's a bit more than 2 32-stud baseplates wide: 16 studs for the base of the viaduct, 32 for the modular buildings and roughly 20 studs for the road. Because the road was largely built with brick on its side it isn't attached to a baseplate.
gotoAndLego, on Feb 20 2010, 11:59 PM, said:
I couldn't tell, but for super accuracy you should add some CCTV cameras. :D
There actually is one in the Corner Store, but indeed, there are a few typical London things I can add without necessarily adding seediness.
SeaKing61, on Feb 21 2010, 12:11 AM, said:
Looks fantastic, Ralph. Perfect blend of different buildings for a British street. Then all your great vehicles and that train just top it off.
Thanks. When I built my first cafe corner compatible building, I also built two cars to go with it pretty much straight away. One of them (the black cab) is on the current layout. After that I went a bit overboard with the car building. We had so many of them for the collaborative display at STEAM (I built just about all the cars for it) that I ended up lending some to other Brickish members who had a large train display with a vacant parking lot. For this display I selected the ones that I felt seemed the most British.
GT-Vince, on Feb 21 2010, 12:17 AM, said:
Really nice MOC, and nice details. The little park with the statue is a very nice touch.
Thanks. I wanted a bit of green in there. For one of the collaborative displays a few years ago I had a park that was twice as large with a pond and a few trees, but for this city scene I wanted something a bit smaller (also because having a large park would mean building more roads.)
Princess Storm, on Feb 21 2010, 12:50 AM, said:
That is spectacular! Very very realistic - I've seen each of these buildings individually, it's great to see them together in a layout. The train is also very realistic, the bridge section in red is very similar to one just down the road from my house! The only thing I could suggest that would make it maybe even more lifelike, is that where we have pedestrian crossings at junctions like that, we tend to have a pelican crossing with traffic lights, rather than a zebra crossing.
Overall, a fantastic setup
Thank you. I looked at pictures of quite a few railway bridges before settling on red. It seemed like a nice bright colour to liven things up a bit. I will fiddle around with the traffic situation a bit more in the future. I'd love to have traffic islands with some trees in there too, but I completely ran out of old dark grey parts. I appreciate the comment.
Edited by Ralph_S, 21 February 2010 - 02:16 PM.