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smallville 'component 1' progress update
Maseratis at Silverstone 1949
Smallville diorama update #1
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Vintage Racing Resource
In an attempt to share with others a "scratch-builders' resource" I am working towards developing an online reference index of the various articles within each issue of a number of vintage automobile magazines i have collected over the past decade.
I will be developing a category within my blog labeled "Vintage Racing Resource" - a temporary destination where, along with this reference index, original photos, magazine articles and newspaper coverage related to historic motor racing and classic automobilia will periodically be posted.
The content within these posts is meant solely for personal reference / interest and is not to be used for any means of commercial gain or profit. If any material posted herein infringes upon a rightful party's copyright please contact us and said content will be removed immediately.
Hopefully this will allow others to track down information on a particular car or race which they may have interest in or are attempting to model (or simply provide a few minutes of enjoyment browsing through some fantastic old cover images and articles!).
(in progress - patience please!)
a bit about myself
Hi all - i am an architect residing and working in Vancouver BC Canada. Here is a little blurb about my interests and how i became re-aquainted with slot cars.
Although born in 1971 just after the glory days of slot car racing some of my fondest memories are of racing tycopro / afx ho cars with my father and brother in the mid '70's.
About 8 years ago i discovered vintage slot cars - this time in 1/32 scale. I was looking to find a momento for my brother - a '68 charger rt for him to display on his tv set (he had just purchased a fully restored 1:1 vesrion from Salt Lake City - a real beauty!). At any rate, as this was well before the large die cast model craze the only '68 charger models were the odd hot wheels or matchbox diecasts, or old plastic model kits. Then i found an eldon slot car - a white dodge charger (1/35?) ... and ever since i have casually been collecting vintage slot cars and accesories (mostly in 1/32) - a great hobby to focus on when work gets to be too much!
My interest in the history of slot cars - models / makes and manufacturers has grown in parallel with my passion for vintage automobiles and racing. When i first moved to Vancouver BC from southern Manitoba I was fortunate to have stumbled across a great local automobilia store. I quickly became a regular and got to know the owners very well. In the early years the store proved a treasure trove of vintage motorsport literature which i couldn't get enough of - and before i knew it i had amassed a fairly serious collection of automobilia literature - which i continue to read and re-read.
Most recently i have also become quite interested in the 'scratch build' game. This forum has been a wonderful resource for learning about frame and body building techniques. As time permits i look forward to trying my hand at creating some of my favourite cars that currently aren't available.
At any rate - thanks for taking a few minutes to read my ramble - as time permits i look forward to sharing some of my interests / collections / projects with others through this blog - as i have mentioned to a few of this forums members before - the genuine comaradarie and spirit of sharing within the hobby is very impressive!
Regards - R. Baron
hi all, this post just to add some info on the Maserati 151 and 151/1 versions that may assist
some of you on your builds / variations
hi all, here is the first of a multi part post to assist a friend with his ferrari swb project
as time permits i will get around to posting some of the chapters from this great little book!
Graham, hope you find helpful!!
stay tuned for more - although concise, this book gives a good history of the car by car production with descriptions on the variations
and evolutions, a few pages of color shots and some good competition coverage as well -
stay tuned for more
just an update on some progress with the first 'component' model for my 'Smallville' diorama
not much in the way of 'built progress' yet other than finalizing the n scale track layout for the freight yard
took a fair bit of fiddling to get the track sections laid out just as i want - to have an interactive and functional 'switching yard' as
stand alone on this one model, and when plugged with the (future) adjacent two (and more) components, a much larger type
loop for plenty of scale model railroading fun in and around more of smallville
on this model will be one of 3 or 4 freight depots (yet to be named - in rendering 'Depot' is place holder for now)
the following shots show some more detailed / resolved massing and positioning for the structures intended for 'component 1'
here again the computer and google sketchup allow me to explore scale, site lines, and over-all 'balance' of the
various pieces for thissection and ultimately how they will relate to the rest of the diorama
the Smallville Electric Co. (coal fired power station), Otto Bahn's beetlerod factory, one of the Freight Depots and the water tower
elements are now fairly well sorted - all grouped together to work with the n scale railyard - and i added a short section of
g scale rail to allow for a spot to get some 1/32ish freight in the picture too
(i liked how it helped with making the layout a bit looser and more dynamic)
the auto factory was inspired (very very loosely) by an old photo of a vw factory in Germany i came across with plenty of whimsy / tongue in cheek architectural styling added in - my take on some 'what if ' early modernism...
the adjacent freight depot ended up adopting the same language -
so it looks like an adjunct or part of the same complex - plenty of auto parts to ship out and receive from there
water tower and power station pretty basic but as with all of the elements imbedded with plenty of stylized recollections from my past experiences - an stuggling with placing the water tower a bit closer to g scale rail, so n scale rail runs under the water tower structure ... will see when i get it built for real and start to place ... power station has a full interior in the works as well ...
obviously nothing too serious here, just trying to lay it all out together in a visually interesting manner to create something fun
that hopefully seems to make a bit of sense too
several spurs on the n scale rail line will allow for switching and organizing of various freight for recipients in smallville and
to be shipped to points beyond ...
and finally - in the renderings you might also see one of Smallville's resident cable cars -just to prove this will all get
past the realm of computer graphics, and yes i can do some degree of model making other than on a computer
and in the middle of the n scale track setup ... the beetlerod hauler, just like in the renderings too
anyhow there's another long ramble, if for nothing more than to keep my thoughts organized for myself -
for those of you who made the read to the end hope it entertained you!
just a few more photos from 'Motor Racing 1950' - Raymond Mays
some reference photos for a fellow slotter scratchbuilding a version of the Baron E. de Graffenried maser
not as pretty as the color cover, but still great period shots for reference
Hi all, it has been quite some time since i have posted any updates on my 'Smallville' diorama, but like many of my projects
it gets attention here and there when i find the time and interest
enjoying some much needed and appreciated holidays lately i decided to finally get the first of 9 or so 'component' models
In summary - to display in an a playful manner, and act as a tie-in for various interests (slot cars, g scale garden trains, vintage plastic vehicles and other oddities 1/32ish etc) i decided to challenge myself with designing a '50s / '60s' mid-west rural city center diorama to some day display my collection or work into an indoor / outdoor garden rail system with several other 'points of interest' connected to ...
no 'prototype' or fine scale modelling here - plenty of whimsy and intentional fun with scale to keep me entertained - essentially trying to creat a feel of density and activity for a portion of a downtown core by distilling all elements to the minimum necessary to best convey the 'essence of' and like any good toys let the imagination fill in the blanks or paint the rest of the picture - in this world, unlike the day job i can make my own rules and do as i wish!
for instance, the veritcal car park only holds 5 cars, the 30's skyscraper is only about a car length wide, the Smallville power station is tiny with huge stacks , Smallgate Bridge not even a train car long ... but all together hopefully they work as a whole and will serve as a wonderful backdrop diorama for dozens of great cars, trains etc etc
the doodling, planning and experimenting have gone on intermittantly for several years (and will continue to do so) via sketch pads and google sketch up, which i find is a great tool for massing and designing before actually building ...
buildings planned so far ... and in the renderings if you know where to look
Atomic Burger drive-in restaurant
Smallville Diner (on mainstreet bridge)
Tiny's Auto Sales (c/w filling station in rear)
Mother 'F' and the sisters of speed headquarters (smallville's resident superhero - Mother Superior with an attitude ... drives around in a '52 Bentley Continental S named Gabriel, sisters of speed all on Vespas )
Smallville Police Station
Flapjack's car park
Smallville City Hall
un-named 30's tower ... Smallville Railroad headquarters (c/w Smallville Zoo in rear)
Smallville Shipyard / Smallville Freigh Depot (second storey)
Union Station passenger terminal
Smallville Power Company
Otto Bahn's Beetlerod factory
Smallville Water tower
... and yet to be shown - n scale ride along-passenger platform (at working end of freight yard by beetlerod factory/water tower) and secondary freight depot across river behind Atomic Burger
the massing and organizing so all bits relate to each other properly and with the intended vehicles to be displayed is like a huge puzzle, but a good escape for me - i keep playing with striving for a sense of density while leaving enough room for everything to breathe and be viewable too - will look much busier with several dozen vehicles, the large trains and freight, boats and hundreds of people in there .. and who knows what else some day!
always a work in progress and always evolving ... but quick massing renders like these remind me of all the things i need to fix and add! windows, fire escapes, more signage ... the list goes on and on
older renderings are useful to remind me of previuos 'versions' or ideas, sometimes abandoned or sometimes revisited ...
a couple of 'working' images from months or maybe even years back ...
so back to the first 'component' model actually being built
2'-6" x 7'-0", it consists of Smallville Power Plant (c/w the two huge coal burning stacks - considering hooking up some g scale steam units inside those ), Otto (and brother Valter) Bahn's 'Beetlerod' factory, the Smallville water tower and the one end of an n scale model train loop (kato n product c/w electric switches - great stuff!)
here are a couple of much older images showing the early intent for a series of models to 'plug together' ... this works well as space right now is limited and i can work on portions or component models a bit at a time as stand alone projects ...
wanting to have a working freight yard / switching station, and model some 'industry and distribution' type scenery, or at least my fun take on it ... and g scale obviously being waaay too large (a box car is about 17" long ...) i decided to use an n scale set up for working rail - it will have two trains with 1/32 figures on them (1 like a park ride-along live steam kiddee ride, the other a fun 'mini-freight' system for Smallville - with loads of gondolas with containers to run around and organize)
running right through the center of the overall diorama will be a large EMD E8 passenger locomotive pulling a consist of 4 or so passenger cars (USA Trains 1/29 extruded aluminum rpo, coach, vista dome and boat tail observation cars - total length approx 15') eventually packed full of 1/32 passengers and entourage - it and the n scale tracks both cross Smallgate Bridge (inspired by Lionel's classis tinplate Standard version decades ago), the n looping back on its own mini girder bridge,
past several branch spurs and freight depots
- i am having fun with the obvious contrast between the g and n scale stuff
anyhow that is my long ramble on the latest plans for Smallville, now finally under construction and sure to be for many years to come ...
the ultimate goal, good health and fortune willing, to some day down the road enjoy this with some grandchildren (or my children too if i can move it along before they are too grown up!!)
watch out for more progress reports here and there
as always, comments, critiques and suggestions welcime