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You guys are lucky to have so many accessory items available in your scale. I have to carve my people out of 4 x 4's!
 

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A friend stopped by a couple of days ago, we were talking about "unique scenes", and I showed him this "kites" thread. He told me that years ago, while on vacation out East, he saw a layout where the builder actually used real miniature kites and had a fan blowing air to keep them aloft. The kites would scurry and weave about the "sky" just like real ones. He went on to say that the fan was hidden under the layout and gave a touch of realism and motion to the scene. Must have been a real challenge for the builder, especially 20, or so, years ago.

Don't know that I would be able to recreate such a neat deal myself. The idea itself is very creative and I guess where there's a will, there's a way.....

Funny, how, in all my years of modeling railroads, 50 years now, having a layout that that seems forever "evolving", there is always something that amazes and, sometimes, inspires me. Simply, mind boggling. Seems to be endless. I'm always seeing new ideas, and saying to myself, "Now, why didn't I think of that?" Anyone in the same boat?

Bob
 

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Hey Bob,

I already "know why I didn't think of that" ... I'm CLUELESS! Which, of course, is the specific reason why I keep poking around here on the forum ... to sponge all of the good ideas off of you guys!

TJ
 

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All I can say is even though I've progressed a bit further than the cursory 4x8 plywood layout, sometimes novel ideas make my layout not a large step beyond where I started, with that cursory 4x8 layout. Some folks have the knack of being able to take an almost impossible idea, and make it a reality.

Yep, model railroaders are a pretty smart bunch.

Bob
 

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Thanks

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Thanks guys for the kind words on this little slice of the layout;I didn't think that flying a kite would garnish the oh look at that,and wow thats neat sort of response.
Anyway thanks again for checking it out
Mike:D
 

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Just a little something different,:D
Very nice Kites, I always like to get ideas for the open space between tracks.
I've gotten a lot of Ideas from the Past Houston Train Shows.
One that I plan on incorporating on my Grandfather's Cabin resort on Lake Huron in Tawas, is the Little Kid running from the Beach girl with her top in his
Hand as he runs, gonna name it "Little Bobby", after Me.
 

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Hey Bob,

I already "know why I didn't think of that" ... I'm CLUELESS! Which, of course, is the specific reason why I keep poking around here on the forum ... to sponge all of the good ideas off of you guys!

TJ
+1:laugh:

All I can say is even though I've progressed a bit further than the cursory 4x8 plywood layout, sometimes novel ideas make my layout not a large step beyond where I started, with that cursory 4x8 layout. Some folks have the knack of being able to take an almost impossible idea, and make it a reality.

Yep, model railroaders are a pretty smart bunch.

Bob
Obviously geniuses:D

:D
Thanks guys for the kind words on this little slice of the layout;I didn't think that flying a kite would garnish the oh look at that,and wow thats neat sort of response.
Anyway thanks again for checking it out
Mike:D
Liking the early 60's VW van:thumbsup:
 

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When I built my 1950's HO layout, a friend gave me a pre-packaged box of 1950's era cars. It included a VW "microbus" van, which I thought was odd and misplaced, because I thought they were 1960's vintage. Well, some quick 'net surfing proved me wrong. The "Type 1" VW van dates back to 1950!

Cheers,

TJ
 
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