As promised last month, this month’s article showcases the 1/24th scale model circus loaned to EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) by Richard and Twyla Schillhahn of Springfield, Ohio. The model is located in the entry to EJ’s fun-house, and is by itself worth the price of admission. As is customary for EJ models, this one is also protected by a Plexiglas barrier to keep the fingers of the curious away. The two tents are cut away to show the superb interior details.
This month we’ll look again at what’s new. As usual the order of the items shown is in the order you’d see them as you progress along the aisle through the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. On the Mezzanine above the theater, there’s newly built mountain structure which is in the process of being covered with poultry wire in preparation for being covered further with paper and then ground foam. Just a bit farther to the right, out of this view, buildings are being installed to give an origin and destination for the trains which will run along the mezzanine’s edge.
One of the fascinating features of the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout is the number of interesting and unusual characters that populate various scenes and locations throughout the layout. Their purpose is to add a bit of light-hearted fun to layout, and maybe generate a smile, as the viewer is reminded of the familiarity of the person or the scene. The following are just a few examples. I’ll leave it to you to guess where in the layout they are, but I won’t leave you hanging. Answers are at the end of this article.
This report hopes to shed some light on some of the techniques used to model large multi-story buildings with interior lighting on the the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. When EnterTRAINment Junction opened in 2008, a majority of the buildings in the Modern city were made of Gatorboard ® with computer printed facades laminated onto the surface. The facades included brickwork, windows, and other details. The windows were solid parts of the wall providing no opportunity to show light from the interior of the building.
This is a special report on a brand new display being added to the EnterTRAINment Junction (EJ) layout. It’s an amusement park, but not just any amusement park. It will replicate the main features of Cincinnati’s own Coney Island. While it will not be an exact replica either in time period modeled nor in the exact locations of its features, it will capture the look and feel of the park and the major rides and attractions with which it has entertained its visitors from the mid 1900s to today, providing a nostalgic look at not only the Coney Island park, but also parks like it found all across the country. Many of the Coney Island rides and attractions...