Fred’s stunning N scale update

Fred has been in touch again.

I think you’ll probably remember his layout – it’s stunning.

And Fred, as you’ll see, also enjoys his night scenes, as the pictures show.

But do you know what, before you carry on reading, why not grab a coffee and have a look at the video on his last post.

It really gets across just how busy Fred has been.

“Hi Al,

I put modeling aside from last April ‘til this December to take up the violin again with a professional teacher and try to finish up a book I’m writing. (Too many projects in my retirement!)

But I’m back in the game again, and have been recently working on the N Scale city of Port Charles, complete with its theater street, neon lights, and a rather seedy strip joint. Thought I’d share some photogs with you in case you needed more grist for the mill. In the distance you can see my oil refinery, which is about 25% done. I’m illuminating with “Pica” LEDs, which are very fussy, very expensive, and very time consuming. Every single light you see is rheostat adjustable!

All the best,

Fred”

(All images are clickable)

N scale

N scale rail yard

N scale

N scale rail yard

N scale

N scale

N scale night scene

N scale wide shot

N scale port and refinery

N scale panoramic shot

N scale night scene

N scale night scene

Stunning, stunning stuff. Can’t thank Fred enough for sharing.

And it also got me thinking. If you enjoyed his city buildings as much as I did, don’t forget there’s plenty of them available in the print out scenery range.

If you want to try your hand at one, here’s a great ‘how to’ and a silly offer for you:



As with all the buildings in the store, they are made from print out scenery.

You just download, print, and make. Here’s what this office block looks like:

printable scenery office block

model railroad city building

printable city building for model railroad

Here’s the clever part though, because you can print as many sheets as you like, you can scratch build until your hearts content – here’s what John did:

This office block is in the store for $9.97 – but right now, you can grab it for just $5.

Course, I’m biased, but that’s a real steal.

For HO scale, you don’t need to do anything to the prints.

For N scale, reduce the print by 50%.

For O scale, increase by 143%.

Click here to buy the print out office block.

Not only is this office a fine looking bit of scenery, like the all the other prints, it’s a lot of fun too.

Can’t wait to see these on somebody’s layout.

But don’t hang about though – offer ends Sunday.

Or it could be you just want to grab the Beginner’s Guide.

That’s all for today folks. A huge, huge thanks to Fred. Stunning stuff.

Best

Al

PS Latest ebay cheat sheet here.

20 responses to “Fred’s stunning N scale update”

  1. Bob Martin says:

    Wow! What a fantastic layout !!!
    Those night scenes are really fantastic with the lighting !!!
    Where did you get the time or money or patience to accomplish all that building & constructing that great layout , in addition , playing the violin & writing a book .
    I’m going on 86 , how about sending me a small percentage of your energy & know how .
    Bob Martin

  2. James says:

    beautiful city scene

  3. By far the best modelling I think I’ve ever seen. The line between reality and fantasy is really blurred. Brilliant

  4. Steve Breezy says:

    Beautiful, I can’t say that enough! Can’t wait to purchase the program

  5. Steve Roberts says:

    Brilliant piece of work Fred. Looks like a real city. Superb work in ‘N’.
    Steve R UK.

  6. Chris Sylvester says:

    Wow!!!! That’s an awesome job on your layout the set up and the lighting Great work especially with N scale thanks for sharing!

  7. John Birch says:

    Amazing! Such detail! Congratulations!

  8. Steven / SoCal says:

    I’m impressed to say the least. Very, very nice.

  9. The nicest city landscape I have ever seen
    This is from a guy who worked in NYC his whole life
    Your detail with the city streets are stunning, great job well done.

  10. I have never seen such a sight! Thanks for your AMAZING realism and scope. You have inspired me to have your patience and persistence.

  11. NJ Mark says:

    WOW! I am stunned. Remarkable job, great detail. Thanks for sharing. Cheers! NJ Mark

  12. Rube Simon says:

    I’m speechless, other than to say “unbelievably fantastic”!

  13. paul vogel says:

    I laughed my butt off at Fred. He’s a riot ! Also, his layout is amazing. Wonderful work on his part. Also want to say thanks for the info on the city buildings. Thanks again…….Paul….Brookfield, Ohio USA

  14. Peter Lloyd says:

    The best back scenes I have seen. Perfectly integrating the foreground detail into the background. Lighting superb and so realistic. Real attention to detail and craftsmanship.

    I am currently building (9 months so far) a 10ft x 6ft N scale railway with long intercity trains – Eurostar etc. DC and DCC operable. Will be modern European. Detail is key to me and realism…so taking my time.

    Just starting the scenery now.

  15. Al: Freds n-scale layout is above and beyond musium scale. He must have the patience of a saint ! I hope he made plans to pass it on as it would be a shame
    to loose something that is approaching art work. In my case, I’m the builder and
    my brother has all the trains. One thing I did come up with is a bifold train board.
    You put two 4×8 sheets together and hinge on the long side. Fasten one long side
    to the wall and a boat trailer winch to the ceiling. With fold in legs you winch down
    for a 8×8 and winch up for a 8x16inch against the wall. you can decorate the
    bottom of the visible sind if you hide the wiring. It worked for me ! Thanks for
    showing us USA guys such a neat layout. RJL

  16. Rick Slunaker says:

    Words can’t really describe this perfection!!

    I am intrigued by RJL’s winchable folding layout. Got any photos or specs you would like to share? Thanks in advance.

    rick

  17. Stephen D Gispanski says:

    Great job and very planed out Fred. Two sense back when you showed your dam and bridge, you came a long way. I seen where you were going to put the ship, it was empty but some boards were there. Night view you have the tanker there and I see the reflection of the lights off the water, how much did you put in that spot of resin water. Very nicely done, and your back drop of the city lights appearing through the clouds or fog, very nicely done. Great job done all around, there are more, “scenes” that are done very very nice but I do not want to make 10 page essay. Lol keep on railing and keep them on the rails.
    SDG St.Petersburg Fla USA

  18. Richard Littlefield says:

    It almost brings tears to my eyes to see this layout. It is what I have dreamed of doing but cannot… It is wonderful to see that someone has achieved it. It is actually better than I thought it could be. Magnificent. It has been worth waiting years to see this.

  19. Absolutely fantastic modeling. I love the nighttime scenes. Everything looks so real.

  20. Pat Smith says:

    I loved it—Great—I live in the Chicago area and these scenes remind me so much of downtown! Fantastic—–Pat Smith

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