The Empire

Started by Zephyrus52246, August 31, 2014, 03:58:14 PM

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jerryrbeach

Jeff,

I spend a lot of time (too much maybe) looking at photos of buildings in small towns as I work on trying to find the best composition for my layout.  I have noticed that buildings vary greatly in heights, probably due to when they were constructed, as well as the budget.  Many early structures in the northeast had eight foot or lower ceiling heights.  I ave read this was done to make them easier to heat.  Others built in around the same time period or at a slightly later date had much higher ceilings, especially in commercial buildings.  John Nehrich has written several pieces on the various types of architecture and how they impacted the look and size of structures. 

All that said, I agree with Mark's basic point that structures, even though prototypical in size, need to be arranged on a layout so they compliment each other.  If that means increasing or decreasing the size of the model proportionally, so be it.  that's my two cents, and probably not worth the copper in the pennies...

Jerry
Jerry

Jerry

Quote from: Mark Dalrymple on January 20, 2024, 12:03:01 AMGreat stuff, Jeff.

I'm always a bit scare to speak up - not wanting to offend and all that - but I'm doing it more and more of late...

I agree completely about the monster modelworks structure.  I once made a mock up which was modified from a set of scale plans in a MRR mag and put it in position next to my Heljan brewery kitbash.  The brewery absolutely dwarfed it - made it look stupid and all out of scale - even though it was correct to the prototype.  I blew the plans up 125% and redid the mock-up and it looked terrific - so I scratchbuilt the model at 125%.  It has to 'look right' firstly.

I like the look and scale of the DD kits - but I wonder about taking out the small one and having an alleyway instead?  Less is more and all that.  They look a little crammed in as you have them...

Cheers, Mark.

I agree with Mark completely.

Sometimes buildings even though there the right scale just don't seem to fit together properly.

But your doing a fine job.

Jerry
"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

Zephyrus52246

Thanks for looking in, Greg.  Considering the "films" the theatre shows, it's probably just big enough.   :)

Jeff

Zephyrus52246

Thanks for looking in Jerry and Jerry and your comments. 

Jeff

Zephyrus52246

You are correct again, Mark.  I thought the space between them was a bit too wide, but I can fit a car in here, along with some trash.  I like putting the police car here, maybe having them rough up some drunken miscreant.  Thanks for your help.  And keep on helping.   :D  I don't mind criticism, and your comments have really helped.

Jeff

ACL1504

Jeff,

I like the change to a smaller structure. Of course, I also agree about having a patrol car in the alley to "preserve the peace."

Tom 
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Great looking structure.
Curt Webb
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Mark Dalrymple

I really like this Jeff.

I went back to page 34 for a comparison and I think this works so much better.  You could always add a row of bins and other such clutter to seemingly reduce the width of the alleyway if you feel it is necessary.  Perhaps a park bench in front of that window?  Maybe a tree in a grate?  Proportions work very well.

Cheers, Mark.

Zephyrus52246

Hi Tom.  I kinda thought you would like to see a police car in that alley.   :D

Jeff

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Zephyrus52246

Mark, I think I'll have benches on both of the "inset" sidewalks now that the cigar store has moved back a bit.  Some other clutter will fill the alley as well.  Thanks again for the suggestion.  

Jeff

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