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  • Member since
    August 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Monday, January 7, 2013 11:52 AM


 I just realized I got sucker punched .I sold my " N " scale trains some months back ,because I didn't have anyplace to mess with them . Now , I find myself involved with a real TRAIN museum and the miniature stuff that goes with it .

   I know , what's the problem ? Well , I thought I wouldn't need the WALTHERS catalogue .Now , here I am playing with these things and maybe will allow myself to be talked into doing an " N " scale harbor , with rail barges and tugs and a container ship or two .

What did I do ? H,mmmmm - - Let's see if i get the "N" scale architectural pack then I can do an 1865 era MISSISSISSIPPI river steamer with all those windows and doors and ladders , stairs and so on ......

 Now , you all know I do my own ships in train scales.(the smaller scales that is ). This means they are 1/160 and 1/87 . Now extrapolate that to shelf size . in " N " scale ,the ship ,if an ocean going tanker , is almost 4 1/2 FEET long . A post-panamax container ship is a little over seven and a half feet !

 That's a lot of ship !  So I have been restricting myself to certain eras and certain types (inland water and river transfer types (they are smaller ) . The average length for ships I saw going up the SAN JOAQUIN and SACRAMENTO  rivers are a good example . There is the STOCKTON ship channel or course. Thing is four or five HUNDRED foot seems to be the largest I've seen.

Now , there's an interesting thing in that the older steamships and freighters are in the five to seven hundred foot range .That's still a large ship for model railroads to use ,WITHOUT the ship DOMINATING the whole layout !

  This has turned out to be a real dilemna .I think I'll go read , it's easier .     Tankerbuilder


  • Member since
    April 2009
  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Monday, January 7, 2013 12:23 PM

Wow!  Many years ago, I built an N-scale train table top layout, about 3' X 4',  for my son when he was a toddler.  Good thing I didn't try to include any ships in the layout!

Gimme a pigfoot, and a bottle of beer...

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 7, 2013 4:01 PM

N Scale modeling with a huge deal with me before I ran out of space, and to some degree the money to put into it.

I always wanted to make a model of the State Belt Railroad in San Francisco, with the Pier fronts and ships seen end on, beyond.

As you know, folks like Don and ore freighter models have this all beat! The Fitz was 729 feet long...

But because ships tend to be pretty symmetrical, there's things you can do with mirrors.

But yes, model railroads take up a LOT of room.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


  • Member since
    July 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, January 10, 2013 11:53 AM

Selective compression is what you need.

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage"

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Cave City, KY
Posted by Watchmann on Thursday, January 10, 2013 2:04 PM

You could try building it in the newer T-Guage. Wink

I just wish there was a larger variety of rolling stock and engines.


  • Member since
    August 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Saturday, January 12, 2013 6:50 AM

HI : I am interested , but , with my vision being what it is , I have to pass. I said it in another post ,  I am old and my vision seems older .Remember I started modeling at seven ,that was a looong time ago , being as I now am a cat's whisker from seventy .        Tanker-builder


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