I was invited to run with these guys last weekend at an NMRA modular
layout shindig out in Palos Verdes. (Think rich southern Los Angeles.
Horses, expensive blondes, Etc.) Of the seven different modular
groups that were there, the '20s & '30s guys easily had the best
looking layout, and things ran pretty consistantly, too.
Couldn't get any sharp pictures of the rolling stock due to the
somewhat dim lighting and the fact that the rolling stock was, well,
constantly rolling! But here are a few shots of the scenery, which
fortunately held still for the camera.
No. I don't. But the guy who did those modules is a friend of mine and
I can ask him if you'd like -and post his answer (if any) here.
That individual is an outstanding modeler, BTW, and his Packard
Dealership model has an interesting backstory: Several years ago he
found an old building in Claremont CA (his home town) which was being
rebuilt into a frou-frou botique and thought to himself "That's an
original 1930s California Art Deco building if ever I've seen one" and
decided to model it on the spot. He had no idea what the building had
been used for back then, but thought it looked as if it might have
been a car dealership of some kind, and chose to make it a Packard
dealership at random.
In chapter two, a couple of years later on, his town was holding an
anniversary (?) celebration and asked him to display his module
there. He did so, and one guy observing the module said "Oh, wow! I
remember that building from back when I was a kid!"
"Was it by any chance a car dealership?" asked our protagonist.
"Why yes!" says the guy.
"And do you remember what kind of cars they sold?" says our boy.
"No", comes the answer; but I'll bet my dad does. He grew up in this
So a couple of days later there comes a phone call from a very elderly
gent who says "My son told me that you wanted to know what sort of car
dealership used to be in that building. That was the local Packard
Agreed, the roads are very well done. Just looking at them, I'd say the
main trick is the colour. Asphalt roads aren't black. The gravel roads
by the farm and the grain elevator are superb: looks like there was
Studying at the pictures again, two things stand out. First, the
arrangement and relative sizes of the buildings, the roads, the open
spaces. Everything is in proportion, you have to make a conscious effort
to realise that pretty well everything selectively compressed.
Second, the overall colour scheme. There are few pure bright colours (on
a few vehicles, etc), the buildings and the landscape share the same
subdued palette, there are no shiny surfaces in strange places,
saturation (colour intensity) is low, textures are subtle.
Very well done, worth careful study. Pete, kindly convey my compliments
to the builder(s).
I was particularly taken by the fallen branch across the dirt road
near the grain elevator.
Note that you can tell it's been down for several days because the
leaves are starting to turn brown...
Somebody put some thought into that, and it's something I've never
seen modeled before.