July 30, 2009

N Scale Supply Depot

About 13 or 14 years ago, John Hill built a union army supply depot diorama in N scale. I contributed many of the figures, the sailboat and the trains for the diorama. Here are some pictures of the project.

While it was a fun diorama to look at due to the intense busy scene, many of the structures and models were built using war game parts, which are designed for robustness and not fine scale. Thus the models do look a bit clunky. This combined with the poor running quality of N scale 4-4-0 locomotives convinced me that modeling a ACW railroad in N scale wouldn't meet my objectives. Thus began my search for a better approach that ended up with the current O Scale project documented on this blog.


  1. Bernie,
    Any idea which war gaming companies the accessories are from? I'm always looking for stuff for my N scale modeling work, and if gaming companies have near 1:160 wares to paruse, I'm interested.

  2. We used N scale (called 10mm in wargaming circles) supplies by GHQ, Old Glory, Musket Miniatures, Johnny reb Gaming company, Battelfield Terrain Concepts and some others I can't recall. They all have web sites so you should check themn out.

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  4. Thanks for the comment. I am glad you are enjoying it.

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