|Night shot on the diorama|
A few weeks ago, Jonathan Goldman, the new curator of the B&O Museum, called me to say that their "First to Fight" WWI exhibit was being redone. They wanted to return the WWI diorama to me. I did not expect to get it back and I don't have any place to store it at my house. So I told them I would stop by the museum and take the diorama apart. I would keep the models, but discard the frame. Here is a brief video showing scenes from the diorama.
|L to R Amanda (museum designer), Alicia, and Ana (museum archivist)|
I don't have any immediate plans for the residual pieces from the WWI diorama. Last year Bachman UK announced the release of a 2-6-2T Baldwin steam engine in OO scale. That would be the correct engine for this era and locale. Perhaps I'll build a new version of the diorama that is more portable and operates using that Bachman engine for motive power.
However, Bachman USA also announced the 2-6-2T in On30. I happen to have a bunch of On30 stuff that could be used in a WWI themed layout including brass kit ion a Dick-Kerr gas electric and some military figures. So maybe an On30 layout will be the next WWI project.
Meanwhile, I am working on existing do-list. I have lots of stuff to get done before tackling a new layout.