Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Boy Do We Have a LOT of Toys and Trains To Sell!!

   YOU CAN NOW SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE HUGE MODEL TRAIN LAYOUT AND ALSO SHOP FOR MODEL TRAINS AND ACCESSORIES, ORDER CUSTOM LAYOUTS, SHOP FOR ART, FURNITURE, AND ANTIQUES.  

   Call 717-597-3902 and ask for Lee. 

Our hastag is #magictrainworld 

WE ALSO PAY CASH FOR OLD TRAINS.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

VISITS BY HOME SCHOOLERS

New - search hashtags: #magictrainworld #leescottdesign #modeltrainscenery 
           
      We are delighted that "home school" groups of children and parents continue to schedule field trips to visit this special place. This can be a motivating and educational experience for children of most any age. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated.

    Home school and private family sessions will be available through July 2014. These normally last about an hour. Kids get to operate the trains and accessories as well as practice taking videos and photos. We also teach about scales and fractions.

CHECK OUT THIS NEW YOU TUBE VIDEO OF CONRAIL FREIGHT PASSING SUBWAY PLATFORM.

http://youtu.be/kNxjwMJGkuA


         AND sometimes things don't always go right!





Saturday, October 22, 2011

Food and Nearby Restroom Information

There is now a page on this website, NEARBY FOOD, that lists all the places near by where you can eat and that have restrooms.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Layout Summary

You can email me at LeeScottDesign@gmail.com


     In case of rain or snow, we will NOT be open except by prior special arrangement.
    This is a residential street, so drive carefully and watch out for children playing and people walking their dogs. A one-way traffic pattern exists with two designated areas where you can take photos. To keep traffic moving, no other areas can be photographed. Tours for school classes, public, private, and home-schooled, can be arranged via prior arrangements. At this time, no bath-room facilities are available, but when enough donations are received, the rough-in bath in the train area can be completed. There are restrooms about a mile away at the Sheetz gas station and the Food Lion grocery store.


.   Most everything can be seen from walking around the perimeter. The height of the main lines was designed for eye-level viewing by children who are approximately 4 feet tall.  A special duck under area leads to a pop-up viewing area of the city close up.  One child at a time can be in there.  Parent's can use that area for taking photos of their kids.  The layout continues to be improved, but most of it is done and there are a number of operational accessories that have sound and/or motion.  
    Special display panels enable children to "touch and feel" pieces of my former model railroads that are built the same way as this one.  Finally, special math/science displays are planned for the far corner (where a child might have to wait their turn to go into the city viewing tunnel) that teach math and science concepts using the model railroad as an example.     
   For the adults, there is transportation-theme art and photography for sale as well as plenty of new and used model railroad items.











     There are many photos of actual railroads and other railroad history information to see as well. And tons of toy train and other transportation and model items for sale, as well as books and magazines acquired in over 40 years of collecting.
  

Weathering of Structures Using Craft Paints

I use acrylic craft paints thinned with water to achieve "weathering" effects on plastic buildings.  This MTH station is shown with the front weathered and the shiny plastic end yet to be treated.



Now we see how the finished building looks.  Using the craft paints, you can bring out details in the molded plastic that you might miss otherwise.  The RR express sign was cut from a catalog for metal signs.  The station platform was made to look like wood by using two different colors of craft paints and mixing them on the plastic.



Next we look at weathering an MTH Hell Gate bridge.  Like the Rail King station, this structure actually looks better in the S-Scale layout than in larger O-Scale setting.

This is the "real" bridge located in the New York City area.





This is the unweathered MTH bridge.



Now we have some photos of the finished bridge.  I used a grey color wash with various thicknesses on the stone and a diluted rust color on the red "beams".
I was really happy with the way the washes took the gloss off of everything. There are not variations in the brick, just like in real life!






Town of Brookeville

It looks like they have just resurfaced the roads in Brookeville since there are no lines yet!  Buildings are from various sources, including Dept. 56, craft stores, Target, and many other places.  Click on the photos to enlarge.



Modeling in winter makes some things easier.




Bedford Garage came from Target one year. That's a Winross UTZ truck out front.




Diecast model cars look great in this scale!




Those row houses came from Value City. They fit nicely into the narrow area that was left near the mountain.



The largest city block with 6 buildings. Not sure where I found that record store.




The town looking down from the mountain.




That's an MTH station platform.




A cop keeps an eye on the night club scene. Some weird looking characters around.






Looks like the California Zephyr is arriving. That's Main Street in the background.




Larger shot of main street.  All buildings are lit with LEDs.




    The control tower was made from an O-scale kit and weathered.  There are men inside and a switching control area using a comb for the levers.





Double sided adhesive foam strips were cut for window shades.















Lamp posts are old American Flyer and work.




You can see the mountain at the end of Railroad Ave.




Looks like this driver had a problem!




Boy is selling papers outside the Dept. 56 Globe newspaper building.




Buses are diecast with interiors - not quite S-scale, but close enough!




That's an Edsel with its hood up!