Constructing an university in H0

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TEP 60, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. TEP 60

    TEP 60 Member


    Are any (higher school) classroom/ laboratory buildings and dormitories produced in H0 to add to all these sport structures to assembly an university?
  2. Dirtyd79

    Dirtyd79 New Member

    I would say take alook at some of the colleges in your area and look at what kits have elements you can use from them. For example the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh is a tall skycraper nicknamed the "Cathedral of Learning" in the heart of Pittsburgh. Surrounding it are the sports arenas for the various teams it has and bookstores. The community college I went to was built in a slightly modified Westinghouse plant. It was retrofitted with wheel chair ramps, annexes for a bookstore along with a baseball field, and a small shelter with a clocktower. The inside of the plant had been divided into classrooms and a gymnasium. Over time more buildings were added to the campus.

    What would help tie all of these kits together most is the buildings can have a school logo or flag somewhere on them.
  3. jbaakko

    jbaakko Active Member

    I'd suggest just using office building type buildings for the dorms/classrooms/administration stuff.
  4. Stu McGee

    Stu McGee Member

    I am staring at the kit right now, it is based on a Jewish learning center in the Bronx, USA It is brick and four storey, I think from Helgan?
  5. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Another suitable building, if you can find it, is the Walthers Auto Plant Headquarters building. It's a very solid-looking structure in an Ashlar-style finish.

  6. RWritt

    RWritt New Member

    A possibility is using Walther's "Northern Light and Power" power house as the Central Utilites Building for your campus. Another possibility for this building is an indoor "field house or basket ball facility", because of its high ceiling and wide open interior.

  7. Stu McGee

    Stu McGee Member

    You know the Walters Main Store would work too. I might be tempted to kit bash a little. Also for those who wait, I finally found a real life connection between the Baltimore and Ohio and the New Haven, so both on a small pike is credible.
  8. erikstoll

    erikstoll New Member

    very cool, i was planning on doing something remotely similar when i finally got around to building my layout =)
  9. chooch.42

    chooch.42 Member

    Check out the "Architectural Models" section of the Card model forum down the page, think the thread is "Invisible University"??? for inspiration ... am finding some good ideas and inspiration ! Bob C
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Is it "Unseen University"? That's the cutout book from Terry Pratchett's Diskworld novels. I've got it, but it looks smaller than HO. I'm trying to get a second copy that I can actually cut up.

    Do you want a modern university or an old stone one? Office buildings for a modern one; the stone one could be bashed from church/cathedral buildings or old railroad termini.
  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    A lot of universities are a mix of old and new buildings. The one mentioned by Stu McGee is indeed by Heljan - called a Synagogue but could easily double for any school-type building from the early 1900s. Last time I checked it was on sale at Walthers for a great price.
  12. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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