Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by TrainNut, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    1:2,160... or translated means an N scale layout on a 1:12 model. Since I have not acquired the space to build this layout YET, I decided to build a model of it instead. It's not the greatest but it gave me a better 3D idea of what I was getting myself into. The layout is designed to fit into a 13'4 by 9'8 corner.



  2. tetters

    tetters Rail Spiking Fool!

    I gotta say that is pretty dang cool! A model of a model layout.
  3. hickstmj

    hickstmj Marcie

    I have been wondering why there haven't been any updates to your layout thread. Now I know why, you've been building a model of a model. It is very nice.
  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    OK, where's the trains?:mrgreen: :mrgreen:
  5. sabretooth47

    sabretooth47 Member

    And what scale letter shall we assign to that???

    NNN ?
    ZZZ ?
    NZN ?
    WoW ?
    LOL ?
    ROTFL ?

  6. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Thanks guys. I'm not done with it yet but I have not decided how far I'm going to take it. I want to show some bridges, structures and some other scenery still but I don't want to get too crazy.:rolleyes:
    I was thinking of having Kooklik in the card modelers forum fold me up a small Amtrak train!:mrgreen: Have you seen the Big Boy he's working on?:eek:

    I don't know.... how about N2tiny?:confused:
  7. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I've seen mention of doing mock ups like this in magazines but I think yours is the first I've seen. That's really well done. What a great way to see how the layout will look! Cool miniature backdrop, by the way!
  8. jesso

    jesso Member

    Cool Model of a layout! :thumb: I love how your track plans have many levels. :cool: I hope this layout will be in addition to your current one, not the demise of it :)
  9. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    The other one was just practice for this one! My very tolerant other half has told me that I can maintain both but in the interest of budgetary concerns, it will probably be cannibalized.:eek: There for a while, I was trying to figure out how to put a bridge between the two.:mrgreen: That's when I discovered the limit of her tolerance.:p
  10. nachoman

    nachoman Guest

    I know Malcom Furlow did a mock-up for the San Juan central. It's a good idea, and I am surprised at myself for not thinking of doing one for my current layout. It would have helped out!

  11. woodone

    woodone Member

    Very Cool

    The model of an model? This is great!:thumb:
    Nice work Tom.
    Hummm- I think I might need some planning help.
  12. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Very cool, well done TrainNut.
    Your 1/12 of your future N scale layout is ... bigger than my real N scale switching layout ( 11" by 23" ).
    By the way, shouldn't it be a 1/1920 scale ? ( 160X 12 = 1920 ).

  13. mcbane666

    mcbane666 Member

    Thats just crazy, are you going to finish it?
  14. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    What's up Woodone? PM me... or call.

    Well sort of... in one direction anyways as the model is 13.4"x9.8"!:p And now, I'm going to have to go and see if I can find pictures of said layout as I don't recall what it looks like.:rolleyes:

    Yep. Good catch.:p I was doing some other calculations near that same time using 180 a lot and apparently it got stuck in the brain.wall1
  15. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    I thought it'd be fun but I don't know how far I'll take it at this point. Where it is at now satisfied my curiosity. If I do any more to it, I'd like to place a few structures, some bridges and maybe a little bit of scenery.
  16. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    I like the backdrop too. Is it an N scale backdrop that you scaled down at 1/12 ?

  17. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    Nope. I just did a quick internet search for some panoramic images I could scale and crop down to 1 inch tall real quick and those are what I found. By the way, I looked back at your past posts and found mention of your switching layout but never found a dedicated thread for it. Does such a thread exist?
  18. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Thanks for the info about the backdrop TrainNut.
    There is no specific thread for my switching layout. I'm starting one just now:)

    I'm fascinated with micro layouts. Those guys make great stuff just within a shoebox.

  19. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    That is cool. Nice job.
    I have seen others in mags and at shows. Does give you a great idea on how your layout will turn out.
    I've always been amazed at the detail some put into them.One featured in Model Railroader actually had G scale people standing next to it.
    But............One thing that always runs through my mind when I see these micro-layouts.........
    I always thought that wouldn't the time and expense(the one in Model Railroader, and others I've seen ) be better spent on the real layout?
    Though on layout tour featured in Model Railroader, the guy made an HO scale model of his HO scale layout, then put it in a barn's loft , with the roof cut out so you can see it.
    Now that was cool!
  20. TrainNut

    TrainNut Ditat Deus

    As I mentioned somewhere above, I have not acquired the space to build this yet so I thought I'd build a model of it for the time being to see if there were any design flaws that needed to be worked out before I started on the real thing.:p As far as cost... I didn't spend a penny on it as I had everything I needed already lying around. Speaking of pennies, did anybody notice the penny in the pictures for scale reference?

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