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N-scale dump truck ramp

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Hey, this morning I was looking for scenery supplies for a diorama I'm going to build to display and photograph the N-scale 1910-1930 truck models I'm working on. 

As I was digging through various boxes, I came across this diorama I built back in 1994 to display and photograph my multimedia models of the Mack AC I designed and manufactured. 

I'd forgotten all about this so I dug it out and decided to snap a few photos just to see what kind of shots I could compose in such a small area  (the diorama measures 4" x 6-1/2"). The new diorama will be approximately 12" in diameter. 

I thought the shots turned out pretty good and I should be able to do even better with the new one since it's so much larger. 

For what it's worth, this ramp allowed dump trucks to dump their loads directly into gondolas. You'll note the very end of the ramp tilts up to clear the locomotives.

The dump truck is, in fact, one of my models from 1994. The Olds pickup is one of my new ones from a couple months ago, printed by Shapeways. 






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Most impressive Mike, and all the more so because you are working in N-scale. How on earth do you get all that detail into something that small ? My diorama is 1:24 scale and I dare not go any smaller !

You will be creating a project within an area that is 12" by 12" square, whereas I have an area to work within that is 36" by 31", so I take my hat off to you Mike.

I did consider building a 1:43 scale diorama, mainly because the choice of 1950's diecast model motor cars was greater than 1:24 offers, but N-scale !!!


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Very impressive!  Great work, and I'm looking forward to the new one.

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Great detail!! And on such a small scale. I built a lot of HO scale cars and trucks several years ago for a few railroad club members. I know how tedious it can be, and yours are even smaller. Looks great!!


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