Moscow in the 80s

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    Moscow diorama set in the early 80s. Many, many thanks to Alexander Horoshilov and Derek Schin for their help. I couldn't have done it without them.

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    1. Matt Forcum 97 months ago | reply

      awsome!

      Do you have a home layout?

    2. gambort 97 months ago | reply

      This little (96x48) diorama takes about half the available space and most of the available brick... so no ;)

    3. J5N 97 months ago | reply

      Sahweeeeeet!

    4. whateverly 97 months ago | reply

      So, then this is the home layout. Excellent.

    5. gambort 97 months ago | reply

      I think I don't want to call it a layout because it's not designed to be 'played with'. It's all set up so that it can be varied a little but on the whole it's a fairly static display... thus I call it a diorama :)

    6. Lonesy 97 months ago | reply

      I think I just peed a lil.

    7. Matt Forcum 97 months ago | reply

      I'd like to see a close up of the treatment you did to the curved track if possible.

    8. gambort 97 months ago | reply

      I was going to take some shots today but forgot... if the weather holds up I'll shoot it tomorrow. EDIT: The photo didn't really show it so here's a basic CAD sketch instead

    9. Matt Forcum 97 months ago | reply

      Thank you so much!

    10. gambort 97 months ago | reply

      You're welcome. The CAD was what I based the real brick stuff on but it's probably slightly different (although gives the concept well enough).

    11. valkorn 96 months ago | reply

      Such a beautiful diorama!

      Actually I live in Moscow since 1979 (the year I was born, ha) and there are some small inconsistences that I've spotted. Maybe those first-hand observations could be useful.

      The phone booths were painted red until 1987 or 1988, when a new metal model was introduced that didn't require painting (romantiki.ru/wp-content/uploads/users/izbor/kurzaev/021.jpg). Here is a picture of a Soviet-era phone booth from Chernobyl, Ukraine: danila.diggers.ru/lj/chornobyl/09.jpg - this is the same model that was used in Moscow until 1987, and in Moscow those were painted red on the outside.

      The flashing lights on the militia (police) cars were mostly blue and of a "lightbulb in a drinking glass" form-factor. The Western-style red and blue "lightbars" were not used in Soviet Union, the only exception being Finland-produced ambulances. Here's a Soviet-era scale model of a militia van: auction.ua/makethumb.php?pic=uplimg/police.jpg&w=800&...

      The Tatra T3 tram is spot-on, although they were almost always coloured in pale yellow and red instead of white and orange (see here: tram.ruz.net/tramcars/t3/t3_506fr.jpg ).

      The shop sign is almost correct. It should be "ЦВЕТЫ" ("FLOWERS").

      As for the metro train, the line on the carriages should be white, not yellow. Yellow is used in Kiev (Ukraine) subway sуstem, Moscow train s always had the white line, as you can see here: metro.molot.ru/img/81_717.jpg.

      Everything else is correct, and again, thank you for such a beautiful creation!

    12. gambort 96 months ago | reply

      Awesome. Thanks very much for your comments especially for taking the time to tell me what is wrong... was very hard trying to work out what was from Moscow or elsewhere when I can't speak Russian :) The phone box should be easy to change so I'll do that as soon as I can, likewise the police car. Unfortunately I'll have to live with the T3 in orange and white as light yellow and red is beyond my budget even if it is possible (may not be because of the Lego parts). I should be able to fix the sign (and thank you for telling me what it says) and changing the line in the train should be possible too.

    13. valkorn 96 months ago | reply

      Um, and the blue shop sign should probably read "ГАСТРОНОМ" (food shop), guess that's the word you wanted to picture.

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