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Crew Chief

Posted - 11/28/2019 :  3:32:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've read through your posts and your WW1 layout is really nice and very well done. It's interesting to see a combination of Military and Model Railroading being done. People would be in awe at a show to see this layout. Keep up the great work.

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Posted - 11/30/2019 :  09:11:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks all for your nice comments.

Work continued on the US train Friday. I now have five cars ready for lettering and weathering.

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George D

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Posted - 11/30/2019 :  09:20:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting looking cars, Larry. This is a very fascinating project to follow.


Fly Army

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Posted - 11/30/2019 :  09:22:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have three main storage areas to hold details that are in process of being ready for the layout. This picture is a part of the vehicle area.

There is also a small detail stock pile and a figure area.

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Posted - 11/30/2019 :  11:48:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just plain Awesome Larry!

That's fine, it'll make another trip kid.


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Frank Palmer

Posted - 11/30/2019 :  2:54:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Larry what a quartermaster you are. The troops are well supplied. I think we'll win this war after all.


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Posted - 11/30/2019 :  3:12:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

This saga has been a magnificent journey for me, and a story that needed to be told. To that, I'll offer that Australian troops also added an enormous contribution to Victory, but we in North America pretty much know nothing about it.

Several months ago one of my Australian friends recommended a book by Peter FitzSimmons entitled "Monash's Masterpiece: the Battle of Le Hamel and the 93 Minutes that Changed the World." This turns out to be an eminently readable chronicle of the contributions of General Sir John Monash, an Australian engineer who realized that tossing men into machine gun fire until you either took the objective or ran out of troops or ammo was not a good way to proceed. He pioneered the concept of massed combined arms, put together a schedule for the invasion of Le Hamel right down to the minute, and used his aircraft, artillery, tanks and troops as one force. He took the premier objective in 93 minutes at a relatively low cost in casualties. I'll argue that his approach, which was opposed by most of the British and American generals, shortened the war by over a year, as the fighting stopped four months later.

Please keep this masterpiece coming!

in Michigan

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Posted - 11/30/2019 :  3:13:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your ready for the fight! Great modeling Larry.


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

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Engine Wiper

Posted - 11/30/2019 :  5:14:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pete a nice summary of Monash. He actually was late. He promised it would take 92 minutes and he failed by 1 minute!!

The French commander, Foch, was responsible for a new' approach. He called in Monash and Canadian Currie. Together they planned a new approach and the 3 of them were responsible for the 100 day campaign that ended the war.

Monash is a hero in Australia. I believe the Australians and Canadians had had enough of the British incompetence and their common sense approach changed the war.

BigLars great work and I'm enjoying your progress.

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Crew Chief

Posted - 11/30/2019 :  5:46:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Amazing modeling and research. In addition to being in awe of your workmanship, I learn something every time I read this post.

Keep it up,

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Neil M

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Posted - 12/02/2019 :  04:45:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That all looks brilliant Larry. I particularly like the tracks running behind the artillery. I feel like the other side (the offensive side) of the trenches is often focused on but the supply side is in many ways more visually interesting and it makes a great subject.

Originally posted by BigLars

Can I just ask, where is the open Simplex on the track in the middle of this photo from? It looks like it might be a 3D print but it might also be in primer?

Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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Posted - 12/02/2019 :  06:08:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sweet looking carpool

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Posted - 12/07/2019 :  08:35:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you all again for your kind words.

The small simplex is a 3d print from Shapeways https://www.shapeways.com/product/3TRKN85S9/a-1-43-20hp-simplex-1a?li=shop-results&optionId=57532081.
It will be a static model on the layout.
There are options in development to motorize the print from Mark Clark in the UK. https://www.locosnstuff.com/Motor-Bogie-and-Chassis-kits.php
You can also buy a brass kit to build one. I have the kit but have not started it yet. http://www.nigellawton009.com/7mm_20HP_WD_Simplex.html

Pete, I will need to try to get may hands on that book. The ANZAC troops were used in a very similar fashion to the Canadians, near the end of the war they were both used as the tip of the spear to take prime objectives.

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Posted - 12/07/2019 :  10:06:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Larry, you are doing such a wonderful job on recreating this troublesome times from our past.
I love all of the wartime equipment you have collected & built, and also the scenes you are placing them in.
Just keep that helmet on & your head down when working in the trenches there.

Greg Shinnie

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Posted - 12/07/2019 :  10:16:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow Larry,

I haven't seen any of your work since August. My how the time goes by fast. You are doing an amazing job keeping up with your schedule and as always great modeling. Your train cars are looking good.


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