HO Scale Diorama & Christmas Village

Archive for January, 2012

Pine Street Looking South

I took this a couple of months ago but never posted it.  I like the quiet winter morning view of the shoppers and various activities.


Closed Carriage on Pine Street

This is a very odd couple of drivers, but I hadn’t previously shown this carriage scene at the intersection of Pine and Main Streets.

Saturday Morning Treat

Vehicles – Matchbox vs. HO Scale

In 1903 an automobile would have been  a rare sight in a small town,  with  horses and buggies being the main mode of transportation.   By 1910, you might have seen an equal number of automobiles on the road. 

I have been a little enchanted by the Matchbox “Models of Yesteryear” series, particularly the early 1900’s models.   I read quite a few comments online about using Matchbox cars in an HO Scale train layout, and some felt that if it looked OK, it was up to the “Creator.”  However, I couldn’t find a  photograph comparing similar vehicles in the HO (1/87) and Matchbox (usually 1/64) scales.  

I found a couple of c1911 Matchbox cars (albeit missing the front seats) for the cost of a hamburger and free shipping, so  I ordered them.    I didn’t expect them to work in Oak Valley, but I sure wish they had!    Clearly, I’ll have to tackle the boxed kits that I’ve had for years  to get my true HO scale motor cars.    I’m excited about the prospect but utterly intimidated by the project. Maybe, next Christmas?


Postman On Drexel Street

Christmas may be over, but  dedicated postmen are still braving the winter weather to deliver the mail.   

 If you are visiting Oak Valley for the first time,  I hope you’ll take the time to check out the archived photographs. 

I started this blog in October (2011) to practice with my new camera, and have learned a lot about photographing HO scale .   For me, it’s been more about creating an ambience than  strict documentation of the subject.  I’m a skilled photo editor, but this was a new challenge for me.  I wish I could go back and swap out some of the original photographs, but that would be cheating.   Just consider that it has been, and continues to be,  a work in progress.

From The Roof Tops Jan 3

From The Roof Tops on January 2nd

I love early mornings in Oak Valley, when the sun is rising but the electric lights are on.  On this first work day after Christmas, there’s a lot of traffic on Drexel Street!