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jpachl



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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 7:19 pm    Post subject: Tour on my TT scale micro layouts Reply with quote

Hello,

From the small-layout-design Yahoo group I learnt about Model Trains International and immediately subscribed for that exiting magazine. This is exactly the kind of railway modelling I have practiced for more than 30 years. I built a couple of micro layouts in TT scale following German and North American prototypes, see my layout page at

http://joernpachl.gmxhome.de/model_rr.ht

My layouts have been featured in Carl Arendt's scrapbook #62, #67, and #70.

Joern
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 3:29 pm    Post subject: Tour on my TT scale micro layouts Reply with quote

Hello Joern and welcome to the Forum.
Thank you for the link to your site. This is super modelling which seems to be very much in the M.T.I tradition. I am sure it will be greatly appreciated by many who have not come across it before – especially being in TT, a much undervalued scale I think.

Some very impressive scratchbuilding there. Do you build the mechanisms as well as the bodies for the locomotives?

With more “railway professionals” aboard, we shall have to be careful what we say Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Joern,

I'm interested to know why you chose TT/3mm rather than HO/3.5mm for your US modelling. It just seems, to me anyway, a strange choice.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Steve...

TT is a lot more common here than in the UK, with a suprising level of trade support and a lot of RTR models for German and US prototypes. I haven't bothered to look up the history as to why two very similar scales developed this way. Now you come to mention it, it does seem odd.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 7:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Tour on my TT scale micro layouts Reply with quote

Julian,

twilight wrote:
Hello Joern and welcome to the Forum.

Thank you. I'm very glad I finally found this great forum, which covers exactly my kind of modelling.
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Some very impressive scratchbuilding there. Do you build the mechanisms as well as the bodies for the locomotives?

For the frame and the running gear, I modified commercially available locomotives. I don't have the skills to build the mechanical part by myself.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve,

Grown up in East Germany, I grew up with TT scale. Even today, TT is a very common scale in Germany. Here, after some N manufacturers passed away, from the rolling stock commercially available, TT is today on the second place behind HO. However, it is still much more common in East Germany than in the Western part of the country. TT scale is also very common in East European countries. In Russia, it is the leading scale with a market share above 40%. For those who can read German, one of the biggest model railway internet forums in Europe is the German TT Board at www.tt-board.de. There are always between 50 and 100 users online, sometimes even more. New posts appear every few minutes.

When starting an US layout, I didn't see a reason why I should not stick with TT. It's true that TT scale is almost forgotten in the USA today. There is not a single mass market manufacturer. The only source are a few barn shops that make US prototype TT models (mostly kits) on a small batch basis. For my layout, I considered this situation rather as an advantage than as a weakness. It allowed me to build something unique. For my German layouts, I also chose prototypes out of the mainstream. For a micro layout, you do not need a lot of rolling stock. One or two locomotives and a few cars are more than enough.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Korschtal wrote:
I haven't bothered to look up the history as to why two very similar scales developed this way. Now you come to mention it, it does seem odd.

TT scale is a North American invention. The objective was to simplify scale conversion with Imperial units. With 1:120, 1 foot equals 0.1 inches. In some way it's funny that TT scale became a big success not in the USA but in countries of the metric part of the world.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Herzliche Wilkommen Joern!

Looks like you'll fit right in here Wink

I'm modelling in 3mm UK style (1:100, using 14.2mm gauge track).. but I've been picking up some Tillig and Berliner Bahn TT bargains on ebay too, thinking of a 'micro' sometime in the future.

It's a shame that 3mm/TT didn't catch on over here quite so well - it's a very appealing scale.
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Martin,

I have just visited your pages. There are some inspiring micro layouts. I have not yet a concept for my next layout, so I pick any opportunity to collect ideas. TT is indeed a great scale for micro layouts. Maybe, we can convince some other users of that forum to give TT a try. A micro layout is the ideal way to try out an unusual scale.

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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum Joern. You have some very impressive layouts. I am curious about the method you used to make some of the structures on the US layout. They appear to be photographs made into 3-Dimensional buildings or low relief at least. Looks great. How did you do it?

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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maurice,

The backdrop was produced on a PC using a DVD on US style backdrops, which was produced by a German manufacturer. The finished backdrop, I got printed in a copy shop (not really cheap, of course). Here is a retailer that has this DVD in stock:

http://www.us-train-store.de/product_info.php/info/p3001_DVD-zum-selbstgestalten-von-USA-Hintergruenden.html

The DVD contains hundreds of perfectly silhouletted elements you can use to compose your individual backdrop. The DVD doesn't contain any picture editing software. So you need a software like Photoshop or Photoimpact that allows editing pictures in several layers. So far as I know, that DVD is only available in German. However, this is not really a problem, since there is no software you have to learn anything about. There are just folders containing the elements.

The three-dimensional background buildings are paper kits from Auhagen, see

http://auhagen.de/inhalt/cms/front_content.php?idcat=82&idart=96&xtc_page=2&xtc_pid=15472

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:40 pm    Post subject: 10th anniversary of my layout Reply with quote

These days, I'm going to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this layout. Construction started in November 2006. The layout still exists and is used from time to time for operating sessions. This proves that a micro layout may last for decades. Here is a photo I recently took during an operating session:

Boxcars by Jörn Pachl, auf Flickr

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