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Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Miniatur Wunderland Visit (Pt1 – USA Scene)

While travelling in Germany for work, I noticed that I would be giving a presentation in a city fairly close to Hamburg. Hamburg is the home of the largest model railway in the world, Miniatur Wunderland, and I have wanted to visit it for years, so this was my chance.

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

I ventured from Bremen to Hamburg on an hour-long train journey on a double decker train. As I watched the arable fields and forests flash by the window I started to get more excited about finally visiting this place that I have watched YouTube videos about for a long time.

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

I stayed in a hostel on Reeperbahn the night before and managed to navigate there on Hamburg’s Metro system (but I did accidently get off the metro at the wrong place a few times). In the morning I got up early and caught the bus over to the docks and located the big dockside warehouses that houses Miniatur Wunderland.

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

I spent some time looking at the various models of the location of the warehouse through different time periods, which was quite fascinating. It was like a merging of my ecology day job and my model interests. Each model had an identical size and aspect and the earliest model dated from the 1300s (I think). It was amazing to look at the years pass by and see how this small area of Hamburg has changed including the building of a fort and the gradual construction of the bridge and the railway line.

I then ventured upstairs to the top floor of Miniatur Wunderland and entered the model next to a model of Germany. At the time the lights had dimmed down to a night time seen and I was faced with the largest model I have ever seen, which was lit up with a range of LEDs. The first thing that caught my attention was the sparkly lights of a funfair on the model and all I could mutter to myself was ‘oh my God’. It was such an amazing sight.

The warehouses are home to large model scenes of Germany, Hamburg (complete with yet another model of the Miniatur Wunderland warehouse), Scandinavia, America, Austria and Switzerland (Switzerland is so big that the mountains begin on the floor below). Italy has opened since I visited (my visit was in 2016).  I’ll discuss these models more in other blogs entries.

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

It is safe to say that I took many photos and videos, but I wasn’t too sure how best to edit everything together, so I have settled on grouping the videos in the specific scenes, so I have started with the USA, and trust me, it only gets better from there!

USA

There is some really cool stuff on the USA scene. The standout being Las Vegas and its illuminations. I also thought the canyon scene was great and the Area 51 styled scene, which shows the good sense of humour the makers of this model. Speaking of a sense of humour, you’ll notice that my video follows the adventures of a train painted like a sandy beach. If you find that difficult to imagine, it might be worth watching the video.

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Miniatur Wunderland USA Scene

Here is a video of the USA scene, I hope you enjoy it. More to come soon (I hope you like my new logo on the video).

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Making a 4mm Radio Control Truck Pt6

The Easter holiday was very productive as I have managed to get my radio control pick-up truck working. Here is a video of its first test run:

There was a few challenges. The first was trying to get the radio controller to communicate with the pick-up truck. The next challenge was a cog slipping in the servo. I also rebuilt the steering pivot as it kept slipping off at full lock.

All the electronics are hidden underneath the blue tarpaulin (which is made of tissue and PVA glue).

The charge seems to last quite some time. It also charges back up in about 15-20 minutes.

I am very pleased with this little pick-up truck and I am looking forward to building another one. Maybe I will build something for the brewery next time around.

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Making a 4mm Radio Control Truck Pt1

This story starts with the O gauge layout ‘The End Of The Line’ and Giles work on developing a 16mm Radio Control Truck (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/18108-radio-controlled-road-vehicle-and-powered-gantry-crane/)

When I first saw this truck I was fascinated. Searching the net indicates that the Germans have managed to make radio control vehicles in HO (1:87), thus it should be possible to create a radio control truck in OO (1:76).


As our UK model market generally lags behind our German and American cousins, I decided that I should have a crack at this.

I have purchased a complete starter conversion kit (which arrived from Germany today) and I now need to start preparing to construct the vehicle.

The first steps will be trying to understand the German instructions (a challenge!!!!), understanding all the components, and finding a suitable OO truck for the conversion.

Watch this space!