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Ray Dunakin Posted - 03/31/2017 : 04:16:51 AM
I've been building the In-ko-pah Railroad in 1/24th scale for over 11 years now, and it's time for a change. I like the level of detail and realism that can be achieved in Large Scale, but it's still too small. I thought about switching to 1/20.3 scale but that's only slightly bigger.

After giving this a lot of thought, I scrapped my existing layout and started a new one. It takes a lot more room, so I haven't gotten very far yet. Just a little bit of scenery, some track, and a tunnel. And I finally finished building my first model, a 2-8-0 locomotive. As you'll see in the photo below, this larger scale makes possible an extreme level of detail and realism, right down to the textures of every surface.

The photo shows me standing by the locomotive to give you an idea of how big it is...

You see, I figured out that the problem was in making models that are smaller than the prototype. By building in Really Large Scale, say about 4x prototype, it's easy to make something that looks at least as good as the real thing. But it does use up a heck of a lot of styrene. Also, I think I'm going to have to expand my layout by annexing a state or two.

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Philip Posted - 03/31/2017 : 7:18:41 PM
I took it hook, line,and sinker.
FrankieJ Posted - 03/31/2017 : 4:25:37 PM
Where did you find those Kadee couplers?
hon3_rr Posted - 03/31/2017 : 3:09:22 PM
Works for me.
quartergauger48 Posted - 03/31/2017 : 2:56:18 PM
TRAINS1941 Posted - 03/31/2017 : 1:53:27 PM
Originally posted by Ray Dunakin

Doh! I seem to have jumped the gun on this one.

What's that close but no cigar!!
Ray Dunakin Posted - 03/31/2017 : 11:44:50 AM
Doh! I seem to have jumped the gun on this one.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 03/31/2017 : 10:10:49 AM
That is one of the most realistic models I've ever seen.
Ensign Posted - 03/31/2017 : 09:57:06 AM
Ray, we all need a change from time to time.
I love that garden gnome standing on the track!
Where did you find him?

Greg Shinnie
Guff Posted - 03/31/2017 : 09:28:24 AM
cool picture but you best stay off the tracks or you'll look like one of the flattened pennies I used to place on the rails!
Michael Hohn Posted - 03/31/2017 : 09:21:35 AM

I love it, but I'm wondering if one of those rocks might have fallen on your head.

For my next investment, I'm going to instruct my broker: "plastics."

David J Buchholz Posted - 03/31/2017 : 09:08:01 AM
Is that 1/0.5 scale?

By the way, my calendar says this post is one day early.
TmOn30 Posted - 03/31/2017 : 08:57:59 AM
Ray, that is excellent modelling, weathering and rusting spot on not over done. Quick question is it DDC or radio control ??

Cheers Tom.
tloc Posted - 03/31/2017 : 08:17:39 AM
Till I saw the picture I was sort of buying it. Good try Ray. Happy 3/31 to you.

BurleyJim Posted - 03/31/2017 : 06:19:57 AM
Ray, you just couldn't wait to spring this on us, could you?

Frederic Testard Posted - 03/31/2017 : 05:38:58 AM
Shouldn't you have posted this tomorrow, Ray?

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