The Cat explores Märklin HO layout? What other adventures the Turlan’s experience with their hobby you can read in this interview. Lindsay, Xavier & Gabriel Turlan is a family passionate about building Märklin HO model train layouts. But let’s let them have their own say:
“From Grandfather to now Great-Grandson, the passion for Märklin Model trains runs in the family. Like many, the confinement gave us the opportunity to work on a project together, and what a project it has been! Though Xavier was born in France, since we currently live in the US, we are constructing an American layout that resembles Lindsay’s hometown with our 7-year-old son.
It has become a family affair with each member filling a role. Fun Fact: Our beloved Märklin Steam Engine belonged to Xavier’s Grandfather is from the 1950’s. At 70 years young, it still runs, and is our favorite!) Questions and suggestions are always welcome!”
Cat explores Märklin HO layout 🙂 The interview with Lindsay, Xavier and Gabriel
Which last model did you throw out the window because you failed?
The very first house that we wanted to build was a kit that looked exactly like our home. Xavier had painted directly on the plastic house without primer first. When he went to assemble the kit and glue it together, the elements would not stick, everything fell apart. It looked terrible with streaks of paint and glue all over. We learned our lesson.
Your whole family is a MÄRKLIN fan. Everything in HO, right?
Xavier’s Grandfather introduced him to Märklin as a child and we still use an engine and cars on our current layout, so we simply continued to purchase Märklin in HO. We love the durability of the brand; however, Gabe would like more American Freight engines that do not exist with Märklin. We may have to start a new layout with a different brand and perhaps a different scale – we are always looking for suggestions!
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What fascinates you about model railroads?
Gabe is fascinated by driving the train. He loves watching them move around the layout and controlling the noises when possible. Whether it be our layout or one that we visit, he likes the fact that with switches you can create completely different routes for the train so he could watch them for hours.
Lindsay loves the ability to create new elements of scenery and learning new techniques via video. It is fascinating the infinite types of layouts exist with each one being unique.
What part do you enjoyed making and why?
The mountain pass and tunnels would be the area that we enjoyed building the most. It was very complex and kept changing as we went. To keep the lower pass and tunnel on the table we had to create a serpentine path to get the lowest level around the table and to the back with the tracks that we had on hand.
We love it! For some trains, watching them snake through the mountain pass wondering if the train will derail, (none have yet) is fun to watch.
Strangely, it is the one element of the layout that we receive the MOST criticism. Many followers express their dislike for the s turns as it is not authentic to real-life, however, the goal is to have fun so we would not change it!
The attachments on your YouTube channel: Did you build them all yourself?
Xavier oversees our YouTube channel. He creates the thumbnails and intros for our videos when possible. We had tried to have someone else do it, but it did not authentically represent us. If you mean the layout that is featured in most of our videos, we did build everything ourselves over the course of a year with the most occurring during the Confinement this winter.
When a layout is not ours, we mention the location as we love to visit museums and exhibits when ever possible.
How do you research?
We used the Woodland Scenic Subterrain guide, lots of YouTube videos (in particular: Luke Towan, Märklin of Sweden and of course Woodland Scenics tutorials.)
The neighborhood is inspired by the street we live, and the “town” is inspired by the area in Vermont where my wife grew up, so we look at images and choose colors based on these locations. In general, we look to elements in New England and integrate them where they work.
Lindsay does various research about trains, transportation, and model railroad for the blog
Among the model builders there are also people who are very detail-loving. How do you decide which details you want to make on your models?
As mentioned before, we are often inspired by the area around us, Anywhere New England town if you will. This contrasts with the European layout Xavier had growing up, and he likes that he has had two versions.
Believe it or not, remarks on social media have also encouraged us to add certain elements or details when possible. Our most recent detail is a group of hoboes under the bridge by the tracks, this was suggested by one of our followers on Instagram. We really enjoy getting feedback and suggestions.
Which story in model making is there that was totally funny or inspiring for you?
Inspiring – Lindsay wrote a blog post about famous RockStars that have created model railroad layouts for their children. Several of the stories were very inspiring as they adapted their important careers to partake in a hobby for their children.
Funny – The first time we tried to pour a river, we had seen from a video that you could hold the resin in with tape and glue if the river/pond did not have an edge. When we went to pour the murky resin, it slowly started to leak out and we scrambled to put buckets and towels underneath while trying to catch the resin in our hands. It was a disaster. We had a good laugh and then built another riverbank to contain it for the second pour.
What else do you want to tell the members of scalemodel.zone? A tip? A wisdom?
The most important message that we wish to share with YOU and anyone reading is the importance to learn, explore and create with trains! So often we get caught up with screens and video games, it is too easy! You will never regret learning a new skill, creating memoires and experiences, and exploring the technology, science, and art behind the creation of a model scale layout.