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Hi everyone,

I am interested in doing a layout featuring various civil war scenes in HO scale. Does anyone know of any pictures of civil war layouts that I may get some ideas from? I am looking for structure kits and figures of soldiers, both North and South. Are there detailed soldier figures that can be purchased? I'm interested in modeling the southern trains in particular. Any suggestions would be appreciated. :cool:

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The October 2009 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman has a excellent section about period modeling and features a Civil War era layout. You may want to get a copy of it for reference.

I have some 1/87 scale Civil War figures I got years ago. Can't remember who made them.
 

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Airfix puts out figures but they are the slightly larger OO scale---4mm to the foot vs. HO's 3.5mm to the foot. The General has been sold by several different makers over the years, as well as several other 4-4-0 American locomotives, and Bachmann's Oldtimer series cars fit right in. Even Lincoln's funeral car is available at the right price.

As for model work, >>> http://www.gettysburgbattlefieldtours.com/soldiers-national-museum.php The work is top notch, you may find some of it posted elsewhere on the web.
 

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The October 2009 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman has a excellent section about period modeling and features a Civil War era layout. You may want to get a copy of it for reference.

I have some 1/87 scale Civil War figures I got years ago. Can't remember who made them.
I agree, I will have to get a copy. I had seen some civil war figures as well but, they were in a larger scale. They were very detailed though.

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Airfix puts out figures but they are the slightly larger OO scale---4mm to the foot vs. HO's 3.5mm to the foot. The General has been sold by several different makers over the years, as well as several other 4-4-0 American locomotives, and Bachmann's Oldtimer series cars fit right in. Even Lincoln's funeral car is available at the right price.

As for model work, >>> http://www.gettysburgbattlefieldtours.com/soldiers-national-museum.php The work is top notch, you may find some of it posted elsewhere on the web.
I will have to check them out they are pretty close to scale. I just got the oldtimer loco by Bachmann on ebay a couple weeks ago. And will get the complete set this month some time. I was pretty impressed with the units detail And for $5.00. :) Where did you see Lincoln's funeral car? I think it would be a nice addition to my collection.

I have seen the diorama of the battle of Gettysburg at the museum several times. To be honest with you, this is what inspired me to do a layout featuring the civil war. The detail was remarkable on this model. I don't know if you have ever visited Gettysburg but, would highly recommend it. I appreciate your response.

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I grew up about an hour's drive from Gettysburg, my dad took us there regularly for day trips. I find it beautiful and haunting, especially Devil's Den and Picket's Charge. Bless those folks that brought down that awful sight seeing tower.

Lincoln's funeral car is a rare and highly sought after piece of HO put out by Pocher and one or two other makers back in the 60s.
 

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Check out this site.

Hey Loco,
Try out Squadron Hobby on line. They deal in Miliyary hardware,figures of all kinds and books. They have an on line flyer that you can check out especially for HO figures. I actually look in the last few pages for "Specials" usuall HO Stuff. Airfix,Italieri,and Revell of Germany have some intersting Civil War options. There is another site but thats resin figurines which could be rather expensive for what you have planned. I am looking at a map of rthe rail system around Gettysburg and it is quite immpressive. Good luck and let us know how you are making out.
 

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I grew up about an hour's drive from Gettysburg, my dad took us there regularly for day trips. I find it beautiful and haunting, especially Devil's Den and Picket's Charge. Bless those folks that brought down that awful sight seeing tower.

Lincoln's funeral car is a rare and highly sought after piece of HO put out by Pocher and one or two other makers back in the 60s.
I agree, it is very beautiful and haunting as you mentioned. Devil's Den & Picket's charge are favorites of mine as well. I agree about the tower. I will have to research about the funeral car. Sorry it has taken so long to respond. I have been out of town for the Holidays.

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Hey Loco,
Try out Squadron Hobby on line. They deal in Miliyary hardware,figures of all kinds and books. They have an on line flyer that you can check out especially for HO figures. I actually look in the last few pages for "Specials" usuall HO Stuff. Airfix,Italieri,and Revell of Germany have some intersting Civil War options. There is another site but thats resin figurines which could be rather expensive for what you have planned. I am looking at a map of rthe rail system around Gettysburg and it is quite immpressive. Good luck and let us know how you are making out.
Hey Mac,

I appreciate the response. :) I will have to check them out as I have not found anything worth while as of yet. I have heard of Revel though. Yes, absolutely. It is impressive to say the least. They have a pretty nice model train museum on the main drag as well.

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Anytime. Please keep us up on your layout as you get it together---I'm a CW buff from way back.
 

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Anytime. Please keep us up on your layout as you get it together---I'm a CW buff from way back.
Reckers, I will be sure to keep everyone updated. I am in the process of getting everything together for the layout. I hope to start on the bench work here in a couple weeks. I'm a CW buff myself. :) I'm pretty excited about this project. I may pick your brain for some ideas. lol

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You're more than welcome to, though you may find they are slim pickings. *L* I've been to some of the battlefields, though it's been a while. Good luck!
 

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Southeren Railways in the last part of the war. just rip up the track.

sorry bad joke.
 

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*LOL*...but an accurate one. Don't forget to install Sherman's hairpins periodically, which may actually be a good suggestion for the layout. Also, check out this site: http://www.civil-war.net/searchphotos.asp?searchphotos=Industry and Infrastructure

Photos of the real thing. Finally, check out: http://history1800s.about.com/od/steamlocomotives/ig/19thcentloco/potomacrunbridge.htm

What those guys were able to do with lumber was amazing.

"[Lincoln] reported that he had 'seen the most remarkable structure that human eyes ever rested upon. That man Haupt has built a bridge across Potomac Creek, about 400 feet long and nearly 1000 feet high, over which loaded trains are running every hour, and, upon my word, gentlemen, there is nothing in it but beanpoles and cornstalks.'"
 

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*LOL*...but an accurate one. Don't forget to install Sherman's hairpins periodically, which may actually be a good suggestion for the layout. Also, check out this site: http://www.civil-war.net/searchphotos.asp?searchphotos=Industry and Infrastructure

Photos of the real thing. Finally, check out: http://history1800s.about.com/od/steamlocomotives/ig/19thcentloco/potomacrunbridge.htm

What those guys were able to do with lumber was amazing.

"[Lincoln] reported that he had 'seen the most remarkable structure that human eyes ever rested upon. That man Haupt has built a bridge across Potomac Creek, about 400 feet long and nearly 1000 feet high, over which loaded trains are running every hour, and, upon my word, gentlemen, there is nothing in it but beanpoles and cornstalks.'"
Reckers, Thanks for the links. I have to agree, it is amazing what they accomplished in such a short period of time.

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I am interested in purchasing "The General" for my layout & was wondering which version you guys would recommend as there are a few different companies that make them.

Thanks,
John
 
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