Ray’s been in touch with a great way to make HO scale circus tents:
I really enjoy getting your emails and I always get some great ideas from the posts.
I am adding a circus/amusement park to my layout and I have not been able to find a circus tent.
So I decided to try to make one from scratch using different size tooth pics, styrofoam, plaster cloth, paint and other scraps I had laying around.
Here are a few pictures of my results.
A big thanks to Ray – an interesting take on HO scale circus tents.
I have been following your blog for some time now and find it very interesting and informative.
About 30 years ago when I had small children, I bought a HO train set for my son who was 5 or so at the time.
It evolved over time to a small flat lay out with 2 main lines and switching. Never got any further because of lack of space and kids grow up.
We moved 1 year ago so the lay out was completely dismantled. I have twin grandsons who are 9 years old and love to watch model trains run. So I got to thinking, why not resurrect the train that I have and expand it. I am 1 year away from retirement and have more time to fool with this kind of stuff.
Anyway, I must quit rattling on about the past and get to present day. I am building a larger table for the new lay out (144 inches longX61 inches wide at one end and 81 inches at the other end.
I have attached some pictures if you are interested.
The first is of the main frame, the second shows the casters on the legs as this lay out must be moved to work on it.
The last three show the frame and girders finished. I call this “The Storage Area Lay out” for lack of a better name.”
“This is my first post, I have been interested in architecture and architectural models ever since a bought my first Alan Downes book, so I have attached some photos of my efforts. I use cardboard scrounged/recovered from all sorts of places, for example, proper brand name cereal packets which use good quality card boxes, I also use foam board, which is lightweight but strong.
We’ve had quite a flurry of scratch builds recently – it’s wonderful to see the different ways folk make their buildings.
I thought I’d show Ken’s bench because for me that’s the first step in getting started, and often the biggest step too. Over the years I’ve noticed the posts all have a common theme, once you have a space of your own, you are up and running.
A big thanks to Ken and to Ray for showing us his take on HO scale circus tents.
That’s all this time folks.
Please do keep ’em coming. And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get off the starting blocks.