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  1. Starting the "Doll Railway"

    Let us know what you discover about a Continental presence. I'd also be curious where the M came from and what it represents. I was thinking that SE is likely used (supported?) in the UK where there are many outdoor lines in both 45mm and 32mm. On 45mm it represents 2' or 610mm, which I think was actually used somewhat in Europe, although certainly less so than 600mm? "Some modelers using  7⁄8 scale operate on 32 mm (1.26 in) track, used to replicate 18 in (457 mm) gauge industrial lines found in Great Britain and other countries." Somehow I suspect that 457mm was not found as much as 500mm ;-) I'm sure the dolls would ride more comfortably on the wider stock.
  2. Starting the "Doll Railway"

    Well - I can't speak to the carriages, but that engine certainly isn't 1/12.
  3. M-497 "Black Beetle" - Jet powered train

    As the Wiki article states, it was an experimental test train, so was never in regular service and hence could not be "retired". Expense was not the issue, but practicality - and safety. It was tested on a long stretch of arrow-straight track, and all railroads do have curve sections. Also, witnesses said that at times it lifted clear off of the track, and the test(s) were made without any clearance from governmental authorities. I'd say the amazing part is that the test didn't end in disaster.
  4. Starting the "Doll Railway"

    Medusa - since SE is a US/UK "Imperial" measurement, I wouldn't expect you to find it referenced on a fully metric continent ;-) It translates to 1:13.7, so really isn't that very much larger than the 1:16 you initially proposed. Looking at the NEM scales/gauges, it fits neatly into the (currently/apparently) unused IV slot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rail_transport_modelling_scale_standards#NEM Another way of thinking of it might be between IIIe and Vi using the columns in the chart. Europe had such a wealth of unusual NG track gauges that I can't see how any open-minded modeler with 45mm track could reasonably turn you down; I wouldn't be surprised if there was a club in Cologne with a small indoor 45mm layout. Even though you don't find it referenced in Germany, I suspect that if you join the SE Lounge you would possibly learn of European practitioners. Like HOn30 (I can't speak for the evolutionary history of HOe or HOf) and On30, SE developed as a means of modeling NG in a larger scale by using track and mechanisms of an existing smaller scale. The origins in the US are with modelers having garden railways wanting to run NG in a smaller gauge / larger scale (often industrial consists/operations) than the popular 3' gauge used for F scale. While I have seen a (barely?) portable SE layout at the National Narrow Gauge Convention here, there's no reason you couldn't create a (temporary) single-track shelf layout. It's the sort of thing that would call for low-relief structures - such as a doll shop, perhaps modeled in a Showa architectural style. Just because it may represent a largely industrial gauge, there's to reason you couldn't create a more refined version - perhaps an estate railway of sorts. I mostly just couldn't understand you messing around enlarging a paper model to create plastic templates to build a simulated locomotive in a substantially smaller scale than the dolls, when there's one that's better suited to your interests, and with the potential charm to match that of your passengers! Given that your original intent (I think) was simply to create some train playthings for the dolls, I see no reason to deny future operational possibilities when they could be achieved with not a whole lot more effort, although perhaps more expense in the end. You could even start with a loop of LGB second-hand track and no engine, just build a wagon or two and push the dolls around on the floor. I see the innate playfulness and creativity of SE as being a good match for both of you and your family ;-)
  5. Starting the "Doll Railway"

    I should think that N gauge 1/12 cars would be extraordinarily tippy, and have a hard time envisioning them making it around a curve on a table top set-up. YMMV
  6. Starting the "Doll Railway"

    And the afore-mentioned Stainz-bash. http://kalalochestate.wixsite.com/kalaloch-estate/single-post/2014/07/09/Krauss-040wt
  7. Starting the "Doll Railway"

    And here's a scruffy-looking Aussie to date the dolls ;-) http://www.argyleloco.com.au/images/scale.jpg
  8. Starting the "Doll Railway"

    Unless you're already "married" to this idea, you might consider 7/8" scale, which would work out much closer to the doll's scale, and have potential promise for operating trains. I can already envision an excursion train, with the dolls seated in benches on an open car, perhaps with tea being served elsewhere. There's lots of info and images on the web. I believe many folks bash LGB donors, such as a Stainz with a much larger cab. Wiki has the most basic of info, and I believe the Lounge is the major discussion forum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SE_scale http://www.7-8ths.info/ Addendum - If you know or could locate people with LGB garden railways, you could even take the dolls (and your trains) out for a field trip. As you mention, you would need to keep them away from any live steam in the vicinity! You should be able to find a used G-scale power "brick" to build your own Japanese style NG forestry engine.
  9. Bracket fungi are also known as shelf fungi, and I have one that is 15" across. They become quite dense when they dry, and can be carved much like scrimshaw. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/285978645059315600/?lp=true
  10. Gerryo's Largest N Layout

    I was largely posting that as an example of exceptional modeling, not necessarily how to display large numbers of fishing boats out of the water. It looks to be more of a boat repair yard, vs. a storage yard. As is often the case, looking for photos of proto scenes similar to what you wish to model might be the best approach. I know that pleasure boats are often removed from the water in winter (including here in Boston), but believe that even in cold regions fishing boats stay in as they're usually working year-round. Also - while fresh water easily freezes, we're talking salt water here. Your plans seem to change frequently, but at one point you had indicated an interest in a fishing harbor scene, and said you already had some structures for it. Jeff pointed out that marine railways were not actually related/connected to railroads, so you may have lost interest in this aspect of the proposed layout. So - you may need to decide if you want 20-30 Canadian fresh water pleasure boats out of the water, or a lesser number of Japanese fishing boats in the water. The links I gave suggest how a Japanese fishing boat repair yard scene could be modeled, although it would obviously be less detailed in N scale.
  11. How did you improve your rolling stock today?

    Looks like you need some of Paul's lighting effects ;-)
  12. Gerryo's Largest N Layout

    Since Gerry was asking about modeling boatyards, here is a 1:35 diorama by Japanese modeler Satoshi Araki. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/56/cd/c4/56cdc4d06fe115dd1fa696a1d59a5d58.jpg There are other images here, including a construction shot and an overview of the scene. http://weezbo.com/incredibly-realistic-miniature-worlds-of-satoshi-araki.html
  13. While looking at various ceramics tonight I came across this site: https://www.trocadero.com/stores/Dabido/items/1232256/Murasaki-Shino-Chawan-by-Suzuki-Tomio I'm sure it's much less than the one I liked by Living National Treasure Suzuki Osamu, which was already sold. At least EMS shipping is included.
  14. I'm guessing that isn't even N-gauge track . . .