HO scale detail parts

Yanni’s been back in touch with more pics of his stunning layout – it really does show off the HO scale detail parts.

(If you want to get up to speed, his last post is here.)

There’s no narrative with this batch, but that’s fine because they are stunning pics. So I thought I’d put my own ramble under the them.

HO scale castle

It’s surprising how many layouts do feature castles – there is something enchanting about them and they add a lot of interest to a layout.

When ever I see a castle I’m reminded of Bob’s layout: Bob’s layout

HO scale detail parts apartment buildings

People milling about a scene really do bring it to life, as this pic shows.

It also reminds me of Dan’s post on adding people, which is good adivce I think: Model train people.

HO scale detail parts buffer

Every inch of Yanni’s layout seems to be detailed and weathered – it’s a joy to look at.

HO scale detail parts horse cart

You don’t see many horse and carts on a layout, but with the soft street lights, it doesn’t look out of place at all.

HO scale detail parts platform

This pics is a great example of how different a layout looks at night with a bit of ligting. Taking the time to add LEDs lights to your layout is a sound investment of your time.

HO scale detail parts overhead scene

The platforms looks busy as they should be on every model railroad.

HO scale passenger carriage platform

Why just a passenger when you can add one carrying balloons? It’s touches like this that add so much to a layout.

HO scale people

Another example of adding people transforms a layout and brings it to life.

HO scale platform lights

LED lights make all the difference. It reminds me of Bob’s excellent post on adding them to your layout: Model train LED lights

HO scale detail parts platform

HO scale model railroad steam train crew

Adding workmen as well as passengers is another touch that add so much charm to this layout.

HO scale street scene

HO scale town square

HO scale waiter

model railroad freight yard

HO scale detail parts platform people

model railroad platforms

Another good pic showing how much a difference lighting can make.

model train HO scale wide angle

model train layout overhead view

model train platform lights

model train platform people

model train platform

model train sidings overhead view

A huge big thanks to Yanni for sharing more pics of his HO scale detail parts.

(His first post is here.)

That’s all for today folks.

Please do keep ’em coming though – shortly I’ll have nothing to post at all. You’ve all gone very quiet.

And if today is the day you stop dreaming and start doing, the Beginner’s Guide is here.



PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

PPS HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.

32 Responses to HO scale detail parts

  1. David Howarth says:

    So much detail gone in to this layout ..well done Yanni

  2. Robert Brady says:

    Great work the scenes kept my attention. Detail is fantastic.
    The Critic

  3. DJfromNJ says:

    In a word, “WOW!” Yanni, your attention to detail really brings your layout to life. As Dangerous Dave said (above), “well done.”

  4. Stephen Hill Woodstock GA says:

    That is truly one of the most stunning and inspiring layouts presented on this blog…for what it’s worth , I nominate you for the hall of fame . Great detail and effort are quite apparent here , you have really done a fantastic job . Only question I have is where did you find the Ferrari Dino ? That’s too cool . Great job !!! Seriously though I really do think that’s hall of fame work .

  5. Dwight in Toronto says:

    I scrolled through Yanni’s photos three times … top to bottom, back to the top and then down again. Magnificent work; just so nicely balanced with beautiful colour palettes, perfect placement of structures and figures, and careful lighting.

    I’ll put forth another nomination for Hall of Fame distinction!

  6. JW says:

    Yanni, very well done and excellent staging of the population on your pike!

  7. Rob McCrain says:

    Yanni, You are a master of modeling and your scenes are so intriguing. Well done.
    Rob McCrain

  8. Nigel Crowther says:

    Absolutely Amazing Yanni,cannot wait to start my layout.

  9. TJK says:

    Wow! That is so realistic! Spectacular!

  10. Brian Olson says:

    Love the buildings and figures. Great detail! I imagine some day technology that will enable us modelers to have virtual reality projectors over head to have people moving and walking around our layouts as trains go by.

  11. Timothy J Smolinski says:

    The Southern (USA) folks would certainly say “Uh Huh! That boy can sure model!” Yanni, you are a genius! Each scene is a very well thought out diorama! I’m archiving your pictures for a city scene I intend on building. Please keep the info coming!

  12. George Zaky says:

    Big Al uses the word stunning a lot because there are so many awesome layouts that come to him.
    Stunning means:
    Masterful craftsmanship and engineering to tie it all together.
    Artistry to blend in scenes, backgrounds & people that pleases the eye.
    Creativity to entice the viewer to absorb the Wow factor.
    Details that keep us focused and concentrating for a while.
    Your work is stunning indeed and we thank you.
    Big Al- Thanks

  13. George Moffatt says:

    Yanni, wow. I’m speechless.

  14. Robert Gevert says:

    What a wonderful ride Yanni!!!! Beautiful layout!!

  15. Jim Marek Chicago says:

    All I can say is wow I would definitely put him in the Hall of Fame Exelent layout I actually had to look twice,so real

  16. Jim AZ says:

    Nicely done. Great scenes with unique and interesting details. You’re modeling skills are truly above and beyond.

    Jim AZ

  17. Richard says:

    This is a really great layout. The detail is tremendous. Wonder what country is depicted on the layout?
    Thanks for sharing.

  18. Jersey Shore John says:

    Yanni – Awesome layout! Your scenery is top-notch.

  19. James Corradini says:

    Such a beautiful layout and I see you taking the Lotus out or drive haha

  20. $100 Bill says:

    Incredible detail. If Yanni is not in the Hall of Fame, he certainly should be!

  21. Scott Gordon says:

    Not only is your layout masterfully done, the lighting adds accents that take your buildings and detail completely over the top! A real inspiration to this novice RR builder.

  22. Dan Williams says:

    Fantastic looking and wonderful detail. I agree with the others, Hall of Fame worthy.

    Dan in Virginia

  23. Gary M from Long Island says:

    Yanni…… Stunning is the right word and the lighting is awesome.

  24. David Schaffner says:

    Beautiful creative workings her and I love the placement and design, especially the old Victorian style house with the cool brick wall in front. Love all your buildings and wonder where you got them. Never seen that style before.
    Truely a craftsman and landscaper…

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  27. Dave Anders says:

    Wow! Yani is an artist. Can he tell us where he is getting his buildings; I have not seen any of them on Amazon or Ebay?

  28. Dennis says:

    Oh man I just love the 1967 Lotus Europa S1 !!!!

    I have 2 of those…

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  30. Dave Karper says:

    Add my hall of fame vote. Mr Lee, when are you going to have European, and Eastern architecture printouts?

  31. richard blaser says:

    beautiful layout!!!! My kudos to the builder and designer.

  32. richard rudolph says:

    Beautiful work

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