Sunday 31 October 2021

Prototype Corner - "Drop-in" Structures

The word is out about how George uses a "drop-in" technique for his structure modelling.  This is how the approach was adapted for use in 1:1 scale.  This home on stilts was photographed in the Municipality of Marmora and Lake on August 28, 2021.
By Peter Mumby.

George builds and details a lot of structures.  He then cuts a gator foam base to fit a particular location, and mounts the structure to this base.  A few extra details are added to this base, then it is ready to be dropped into the layout.  Additional identically-sized bases are created for this specific location, and other structures are mounted to these bases.  This allows a variety of structures to be posed in the same location, creating different photo opportunities with a variety of industries or trackside structures, and permitting era-swapping.  With all of this in mind, I thought it might be interesting to view a "drop-in" structure in 1:1 scale.  Mind you, I didn't notice a multiplicity of structures available to be dropped into this particular location, but the concept of a building on stilts might just make for an interesting model.


  1. Tough for the letter carrier to reach the mailbox on that place.


  2. Neat idea George! For further inspiration Google: "raising Chicago buildings" and "raising Galvestoon buildings" The sky's the limit :)

  3. Pre-Covid, I would visit Marmora every summer at the family cottage. Certainly an interesting looking building!

  4. Hi Harrison
    Peter has a cottage up there...George