A helicopter’s view of Mike’s layout

This put a huge smile on my face.

And I suspect it will on you too. A wonderful bit of fun – but you eyes are soon glued on the scenery.

If you missed Mike’s last post, it’s here. Some stunning pics and another video too.

And I was right, a lot of Mike’s pics are in the Beginner’s Guide.

Anyhow, hope you enjoed the helicopter ride, and don’t skip off without looking at the ebay cheat sheet. It’s a silly, silly time of the year for bargains.



38 Responses to A helicopter’s view of Mike’s layout

  1. Charles Caudle says:

    They must have amazingly skilled pilotsin the USA. Speaking as an English helicopter pilot, all I can say is thank goodness there were no cables between any of the pylons or posts. I think I would have crashed quite a few times but, as you say Al, with eyes glued to the magnificent (if quite busy) scenery, that would also not be surprising. Well done!

  2. John Meehan says:

    I LOVE it! Watch out for those power lines buddy! I’m an old helicopter pilot myself and loved it! Thanks!

    PS power lines and helos dont mix! 😜

    Three thumbs up! 👍👍👍

  3. Tom Durham says:

    Great work, Mike. What scale are in you?

  4. Raymond Bove says:

    A truly admirable effort and piece of work but far too busy to my liking.
    There is too much going on at the same time in the same place an there is a lack of depth and proportion. Track cries out for weathering as do many buildings. And while I’m at it, why no catenaries for the electric units? All the same, congratulations on the work.

  5. Jerry Suits says:

    Mike–congrats on a great layout and ver cleaver presentation with the chopper sounds!

  6. Raymond J Kutcher says:

    I am just a beginner in model railroading. I am assuming Mikes layout is HO. It is fantastic and so much authentic detail. Where is Mikes layout located? I plan to start with a 4×8 table and have some old engines and rail cars. I signed up for Model Railroad Mag. I would appreciate any suggestions or recommendations. Thanks Ray Kutcher

  7. david howarth says:

    Great sound effects …they can sound very good and add so much to a video …Dave

  8. Bill Oikle says:

    My only criticism is the lack of weathering on all those older buildings. As I look around my own city full of old brick factories I see the weathering from yrs of use of coal fired power, bird doo-doo etc. None on the rolling stock either. I am in Nashua, NH, USA

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  10. Janelle says:

    Very nice ride. One thing I caught was you were a tad low by the big power line towers, copers don’t fly that close to them, Otherwise GREAT VIDEO

  11. John says:

    Absolutely brilliant

  12. Peter Ormerod says:

    Loved the pics. Especially the old Gazebo Band Stand . The Bordens sign brought back memories to me. Wonderful layout…too many great things to comment on all.

  13. Tommy B says:

    Great concept. With todays use of drones almost anything is possible to video.
    Would be great to see the whole layout from above but I guess the limitations of the rooms ceiling prevented that from being recorded.

    BTW…it would be great to see a diagram of all layouts when posted here. Sometimes it’s hard to picture what the whole layout looks like from pictures of sections of the layout.

  14. ian impett says:

    very entertaining a great IDEA.

  15. Ben Taul says:

    cool man cool

  16. wow you build a great layout….!! and fly a chopper too!!
    excellent work!!
    stjohn in long beach calif

  17. Bonny says:

    Loved all of it!

  18. Ken Stramel says:

    What a way to see your layout. I like it.

  19. Max Dosser says:

    Incredible layout. Mind boggling.
    No steam loco alas. Better sack the chopper pilot.
    Max D

  20. Ian Mc Donald says:

    very amazing video. a lot of happy modelling hours gone into your layout, now the filming is another part of this hobby. the scenery is out standing.

  21. charlie says:

    Great job. Your lay out is one to be proud of.The chopper was a great idea.

  22. Kenton says:

    Great job!

  23. William says:

    Great concept, taking a heleo ride for the layout. We try to build so it looks real.
    Good thing you havent run your power lines yet. The chopper sound and the roar of the water fall. Good job!

  24. Steve Roberts says:

    Great video, great layout with lots of interesting individual cameos. Good job Mike.

    Steve R uk.

  25. JOHN CAVANAGH says:

    One of the nicest layouts I’ve ever seen! He must have took you a couple months to put this together haha!

  26. Billy Mills says:

    was actually hoping for a “bird’s eye view” of the layout.
    still, this was very good.

  27. Harold says:

    One of the best layouts I’ve seen. Plenty of nice buildings and scenery and lots of action. Won’t fall asleep watching your project.

  28. Dave Massimi says:

    WELL DONE ! Thank you for sharing such a great layout with us … I hope it provides you much enjoyment for a long time !
    Dave, in NY

  29. joe Nap says:

    A Great Layout that doesn’t pretend to be or have any need to be perfect.
    Absolutely loved it.,

  30. Great job,looking fine!!

  31. Wonderful ride to see the H&D in all its glory!! Great job!!

  32. Ross Johnston says:

    Great work Mike! I really enjoyed your video. Thanks for sharing. Cheers Rossco! Adelaide, South Australia

  33. Bob From Towson says:

    WOW how cool is that!! I dont weather my stuff because the place Im creating in my mind is pristine the way i would have seen it as a very young boy!!!

  34. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Mike……..Amazing……..awesome…….How did you get so much detail in that layout? Detail and scenery…..incredible!!!!

    Question……….How long have you been working on this layout?

  35. Read Ferguson says:

    Very clever sound track and views. Just plain fun to get another dimension out of your modeling. And, wow kudos go to the pilot. Extraordinary skill. It looked like there was a significant wind blowing so to be able to hold the chopper as steady as he did took a lot of training, and lets not overlook the fact of the way he was able to slip between all the power lines. You couldn’t pay me enough to repeat that guy’s flight. However, I will say that maybe it’s time to modernize and try the next one with a drone. Much safer. Great to see the added dimension beyond just sitting around and looking at your fine work.

  36. Robert Brady says:

    why do most modelers begin with Santa fe locomotives ? Bet it’s the war bonnet.
    Great layout. Don’t quite understand the 50’s era mixed with the 2000’s era though
    The Critic

  37. Chris Sylvester says:

    Wow!!! Very cool view of your layout love the sound effects

  38. WillBill says:

    Great layout – fantastic. But there is no ballast on bridges. Use regular track. It was nice to see finished track with plastic balls covered with correrly sized stones. Good job!!!!

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