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1/35 Ga Long Bien Vietnamese Diorama

Started by shitao, January 27, 2019, 01:29:52 AM

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Ray Dunakin

Wow, I love that trailer and umbrella! It's such a charming addition to the diorama. Nice work soldering the umbrella frame, too!
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Lawton Maner

Don't have Bill go into the corner.  Have him hold on to the umbrella during a thunderstorm.


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David Halfpenny

Thomas, I was very excited to see Ga Long Bien in the British magazine Continental Modeller. It is a masterpiece of unbelievably believable scenics on a simple oval layout.
I showed the magazine to the Committee of the Gauge 1 Model Railway Association, who are keen to encourage more small layouts designed to be shown to the public at Model Railway Exhibitions, just as you are doing. (G1MRA is well known for its very large ovals running expensive Live Steam express trains. But, as you have proved, Gauge 1 modelling does not have to be expensive or complex.)

Modelling trams allows both Simplicity and Economy, especially using the very cheap, yet very detailed, MiniArt kits of classic German and Russian tramcars from Ukraine. (For 1:35 models, our Gauge 1 track is close to Russian Gauge, so it all works out nicely.)

What complicates tram models is the fragile overhead power supply. And even if I build a layout with Overhead, my tram would look foolish on other layouts, without Overhead.
You have solved this problem brilliantly by using a gasoline/diesel generator trailer, just as real trams have at times of emergency.

May I ask the inspiration for your generator trailer, please?
Is it based on a real generator, or is it all from your own imagination?
And have you fitted it (or the tramcar) with Sound, please?

Thanks, David from England


Hallo David
Thanks a lot for your kind words.
The trailer is inspired from the one the Greek narrow gauge railway Diakopto to Kalavrita uses.


Greetings from Switzerland



I have seen in several forums the layout and heard too late you have also brought it to the Netherlands.
I love your way of modelling. A lot.

DSC02509 by d.caso, on Flickr