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5th Jul 2009, 06:04 PM
I'm thinking that a 'ferris wheel' type structure like the London Eye would look really cool in my modern cityscape....I've been thinking about it for a while and I think these attractions seem to be popping up in other cities around the world recently...apparently one is planned for Dubai.......I need to consider what I'd make the pods from, and how.....any suggestions anyone......I'm going to London at the weekend for 3 nights...so I'll be checking it out.....

5th Jul 2009, 06:40 PM
Greg if you go up on the London Eye take some photos for us! Dang... I'm so jealous.

for those who may not know what the london eye is here's some links to some flickr photos.




I love how they light this thing up at night too..


Greg, I love how some cities have these amazing icons. It seemed for a while that nobody was designing cool things like this anymore. NYC has had it's statue of Liberty, St. Louis has the Arch, Toronto has the CN tower, The Space Needle in Seattle, but nothing modern and outlandish, but I love The Eye they put in London! So cool!

Maybe you could make something cool like this. :D

5th Jul 2009, 06:47 PM
Greg, I always find it funny when I talk to people who live in Europe and they talk about travel. For instance I know people in England and when they travel to another part of the country to another city, it's like a huge trip, or people in Germany going to France it's a huge trip. I guess living in Canada and being such a massive Country those trips would be like staying in British Columbia! hahahaha. If I go to Toronto it's over 3000 miles away but if one of my friends says, hey I'm going to Ottawa for the weekend, it's cool have a good time! No big deal. Or I have so many friends that live in Halifax which is in Nova Scotia. Since two of Canada's major Navy bases are in Victoria and Halifax it's a routine shift change for some people. That's like over 5000 miles apart. So it's I always find it interesting when Europeons talk about these huge travels to various countries to me.

Not knocking your trip to London! I'm actually jealous I've always wanted to go to Europe...plus there's something really sexy about cute English women and there accents. :rolleyes: :smile:

5th Jul 2009, 07:27 PM
Bob....Europe is actually very expensive to travel around now because of the Euro......for instance, to go to the South of France you really would need to budget before you go....my favourite place in Europe is Prague.....BEAUTIFUL architecture and history.......AWESOME place....Paris is nice too....parts of Greece........try SANTORINI...STUNNING.............Nice and Monte Carlo FANTASTIC........but EXPENSIVE...........Italy...Florence...Venice....T uscany....BEAUTIFUL.......London is a great city......going down on the train next Sunday....1st class is 56.00 return....which is a BARGAIN as all your tea/ coffee/ snacks is included......but accomodation is expensive.....oh well....looking forward to taking LOTS of photographs so yes I will be posting.....I have been on the London Eye about 5 yrs ago.....FANTASTIC......but I'd need to light up the pods on mine.....could be tricky....although on e- bay there are some n-scale CARS which light up.....so anything is possible don't you think?..........

5th Jul 2009, 07:30 PM
Oh...and I MUST e-mail you a photo I took of a woman whilst in Nice last July.......it may make you appreciate Canadian women a bit more.......how come a nice guy like you isn;t taken anyway?...or does Jasper get too jealous?.....HAHAHAHA............

5th Jul 2009, 09:57 PM
Now I'm lookin' forward to that photo! Anyways Greg you need not remind me of how nice Canadian girls are.. I work outside and see them all day long! hmmmmm!!! hahahaa.

7th Jul 2009, 09:09 PM
Don't forget to add Doctor Who and Rose running around chasing plastic aliens in your model!

16th Jul 2009, 07:17 PM
london eye

16th Jul 2009, 08:15 PM
Not nearly as nice.....

17th Jul 2009, 03:51 AM
Greg that's an awesomel photo you took of the london eye. Did you use a blue filter?

Tony, when were you in London? I so want to go!

17th Jul 2009, 04:05 AM
no I didn't use any filter, I just increased contrast and saturation and that was it......I can't even say I used Photoshop because although I have it...I can't figure the bloody thing out.....I'm still on jpeg but need to use raw to get the most out of Photoshop, anyway, I'd really like to include a Ferris Wheel in my city but don't know what I could use as the pods.......

BryanC (RIP)
17th Jul 2009, 07:35 AM
Seeing the "eye" both during the night and day is a very good comparison! Thamk you both!

Greg, your image manipulation worked out very well!

17th Jul 2009, 08:34 AM
Contuning with this some what off topic urban modling thread. That has gone from ferris wheels to traviling in Europe, pictures of unusual women.

I believe I’ve heard of the London Eye. Was it the Ferris Wheel built for the olympic games or the Y2k Celebration?

I do know of the Wonder Wheel located in Brooklyn New York’s Coney Island. It is 150 feet tall and was built in the 1920s. It is or was the worlds tallest Ferris wheel. One of it most fun rides were the moving cars. Here’s a link to more information on it;


See ya

17th Jul 2009, 04:06 PM
Great shot.

It may be a little overexposed. Try taking several shots with various exposure times on tricky stuff like this.

BryanC (RIP)
17th Jul 2009, 04:26 PM
Great shot.

It may be a little overexposed. Try taking several shots with various exposure times on tricky stuff like this.Moose. might I be so bold as to ask which image you are referring to?

If it was Greg's then remember he intentionally manipulated the image to achieve that effect. To my eyes (with one recently repaired and now seeing very nicely :smile:) it looks PDG!

If it was Tony's then, to me and with all due respect, it looked more like a point-and-shoot picture and, if anything was a little under exposed.

Just my opinion, of course!

17th Jul 2009, 05:00 PM
The night shot of the London Eye.

17th Jul 2009, 05:10 PM
the exposure is fine.......I think it's a good picture.....

17th Jul 2009, 05:28 PM
So be it...........

17th Jul 2009, 06:54 PM
Scraper: I was in London a couple of times last fall.

BryanC: Bingo! P&S Sony DSC W130, that I bought in Africa when I sat on my other camera. Shot in Auto mode, looks underexposed a stop and not white balanced correctly.

69Z28: Then let's make it on topic: Here are some Urban Trains from right near the London Eye.

17th Jul 2009, 07:42 PM
London Underground transport............

17th Jul 2009, 07:51 PM
I'd be grateful if someone has an idea on how to re-create the pods in an n scale model.....

17th Jul 2009, 08:49 PM
Greg I am sorry to hear about your paint mishap , I painted a car flame job and all let it dry and went to clear coat it and it lifted the hole paint job and it took over 3 weeks to fix such a mess !!!!

For your pods they sell mini easter eggs that hold just one jelly bean that would work perfect for what you are going for . I have seen them with clear and chrome and gold parts . I will look around and see if I can find some from last years easter

17th Jul 2009, 09:12 PM
Good suggestion. I was just thinking that you could buy twice as many eggs as you need and use two simular sides together from two different eggs to create a more semetrical shape. Does this make sense?

I not sure which side would look the best, but you could try each one.


17th Jul 2009, 09:35 PM
Or I had another thought I remember seeing mini silly putty eggs in a vending machine not to long ago !!!! I will try to remember where and I will go and buy one and see the size

18th Jul 2009, 12:12 AM
Thanks for the train shots. But I was commenting on the shift from Ferris wheels to traveling in Europe, and pictures of some unusual women.

But I was also wondering if the London Eye was built for the Olympic games or the Y2K celebration. Since it's also called the Millennium Wheel it most likely was for Y2K.

See ya

18th Jul 2009, 01:27 AM
To post your photos...follow this.

Click full size to see better....


Once you click this icon the it will come up with a new smaller window asking your to put your image address location.

highlight your flickr image location by right clicking with your mouse on that photo. Then when it's highlighted and you right click it...copy the image location.


As you can see once you have copied the image location come back to this smaller window and right click on that window, the option of paste will come up. Click paste.

when you paste, the image location or image URL will come up in this window.


Then when you click ok ... the image will appear in your posting window.


In order to show you how this works I pasted the image location of the small version of this photo. At regular size it's very large in your posting window. Push enter after your image appears to give you a space and you can repeat this process to post a few more photos.

I hope this helps a bit more.

If you really can not find that image icon I printed off my screen in my first photo post here, ask Bryan or Moose and they can help you find it. Until you get that image icon you can't post your photos larger size on here.

Cheers buddy!

Email me again if this isn't anymore helpful.


18th Jul 2009, 02:18 AM

for something like the london eye....

How about using a toy jet fighter's cockpit?

Here's a photo of a toy jet that cost under 5 dollars.


I think you could cut them out and glue some styrene or plastic around it. Could be pretty cool.

Maybe use an H.O. Ferris Wheel.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Faller-Ferris-Wheel-Part-Number-fa-140312_W0QQitemZ220441811746QQcmdZViewItemQQptZAU_ Toys_Hobbies_Model_Railways?hash=item33535b1b22&_trksid=p3286.m20.l1116

there's another one called the JUPITER Ferris wheel also made by Faller.

Here's one on Youtube... so so so cool.. It actually lights up.


This one's not bad either


Just an idea Greg! You maybe able to add some clear sheet styrene for glass and change the internal cabs of the ferris wheel to make a more cab shape like the London Eye.

Cheers, Bob

18th Jul 2009, 03:20 AM
Thanks guys for some great 'pod' ideas....the eggs sound good and do do the cockpits.....I think I might visit 'Toys R Us' at the weekend and look for something similar, also the Ferris wheel that lights up....love it, thats the other thing about mine when it gets done, it will have to be illuminated....not quite so much as the one on youtube, but just some quiet illumination of the pods.......

18th Jul 2009, 03:22 AM
Greg there is N scale ferris wheels to. But for the size of the London Eye, it'd be much closer to the HO ferris wheel. The thing is huge.

IS there an official height of the london eye?

18th Jul 2009, 03:48 AM

you need to go into your user I.P.

I'll go there and see if I can print the screen for you...if I can find it again! hahahahaa.

I know I had to change my options in there as well. I'll check and see brb.

Cheers, Bob

18th Jul 2009, 04:02 AM
Greg go into your user i.p.

this is what you need to click....


go to the very bottom of the option screen... it will look like this...then change what I wrote on the screen for you...


Cheers, Bob

I'll stick around if you can figure it out email me again.

18th Jul 2009, 08:07 AM
I'm trying again.....http://www.flickr.com/photos/35186279@N05/3725007646/ this is whats happening...only the link is coming up......

[Mod note: Greg try copy and paste! Using the link above I select "large", right clicked on the image and selected "Copy", edited this post and pasted using a "Ctrl-v" keypress! Voila! Note: This only works with internet based images. It will not work with images from you PC. - BDC]


BryanC (RIP)
18th Jul 2009, 08:42 AM
Greg, try the technique I used just above!

BryanC (RIP)
18th Jul 2009, 11:41 AM
First the “large size”. On the flickr screen immediately above the image on the left side is a little magnifying glass with a label that says “All sizes”.

Click on this and a new page will open with a horizontal list of Available Sizes. One of which is Large! If large is not already selected by default then click it! Now right-click on the image (no need for mouse dragging) and select Copy. This will place the image and associated information in your clipboard.

Now back to your posting procedure. First, the technique being described does not use the Insert Image tool. Ignore it when using this method. You also say Highlight Copy; don’t just highlight it, make sure you left-click it!

“go to window...paste URL” I’m not sure what you mean here but if you are pasting the URL into your post then I’m not surprised you are just getting the URL and not the image!

You need to paste the image that is in you clipboard into the post you are building! This is done by placing the cursor where you want the image to appear and then do the paste with a Ctrl-v key press (press both keys at the same time). Alternately you can right-click in the input area and select/click Paste.

So to update the procedure you posted:

1. click ' post reply'
2. type in text
3. click on 'insert image' (mountain icon)
4. window switch to Flickr and locate picture and select desired size
5. drag mouse over image, right click on picture
6. highlight click 'copy'
7. switch back to post at n-scale
8. go to window...paste URL go go to post input area, place cursor where picture is to be, right-click in post and click Paste (alternately, use a Ctrl-v key press).
9. submit

You are correct there are several methods you can use to insert an image. The copy and paste method (internet images only) is the easiest!

Edit: The text in red was originally strike-through but the editor removed the strike through so I made it red. Thus, ignore the red text! The blue text is new.

18th Jul 2009, 02:24 PM
Thanks Bryan...I appreciate both yourself and Bob being patient.....but as the saying goes....it's only easy if you know the answer....and this is all new to me......I'm sure if I showed you how to cut hair you wouldn't get it the first few times either...haha.....thanks anyway, I'll try again.....

18th Jul 2009, 02:31 PM
still trying...........http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2633/3724109591_849bc49e46.jpg....thank God........actually I thank Bob and Bryan....I've deleted my desperate posts from this site as they are just hanging around littering the place up.....please leave all yours on here for a couple of days if you don't mind, so I can make notes in case it all goes tits-up again.....thanks Bob, Bryan..............

20th Jul 2009, 01:58 PM
IS there an official height of the london eye?


135 m./433 ft., according to Wikipedia.

20th Jul 2009, 07:15 PM
about 34 1/2 inches in the purest NScale.

However, I'm guessing the none are your buildings are ture NScale,
so you could probably get by with 18 to 20 inches or so, at least on my layout.

However, I understand on of your buildings, Greg, is 6ft in Nscale, so maybe you should stick with the 34 inch eye.


20th Jul 2009, 07:33 PM
Demensions for the HO Scale ferris Wheel...

9" x 7-1/2" x 22-3/8" (22.5 x 18.7 x 56cm)

20th Jul 2009, 08:40 PM
Yes you'd be right that I didn't go with absolute accuracy with my buildings, I think Tim once said that he didn't either, he said 'if it looks right'...and thats how I work too...but I don't think you'd really notice to be honest........its not obvious.....I think each floor in n scale is approx 1 inch, so I loosely based everything around that......

21st Jul 2009, 12:01 AM
So would the HO scale ferris wheel be too small?

Maybe you need an S O or G scale ferris wheel.

21st Jul 2009, 12:13 AM
This has been a fun thread to follow. bringing back memories of childhood ferris wheels.

Oh ME Oh My

This thread is keeps going round and round. It's making me dizzy.
I feel like I do after a few to many :cheers:
Watch out everyone I may be up :scared: chucking like I'm :drunk:

Whe I was a kid in the 50s Brooklyn NY a portable Ferris wheel on a truck would come through the neighborhoods and we would ride it for a nickle a ride. :thumbs-up:

Any old brooklyn boys who remember this?

See ya

21st Jul 2009, 05:23 AM
I took this photo at the fair last year...it's called the Oak Bay tea party.


Also I took some from the top too....



There was an airshow...




21st Jul 2009, 05:26 AM

Canadian Coast Guard


There were trains for the kids... (bringing this back on topic )


My friend Jerri in the salt n pepper shaker


21st Jul 2009, 05:28 AM
lots of good looking girls at the fair too....


I won't post this photo but I have lots on my oakbay tea party 2008 set on flickr.

Anyways back on topic...Greg do you think you are going to build one of these?

21st Jul 2009, 07:24 AM
I'd really like to build one....but I think it needs to be about 20''....certainly no bigger, certainly not 34''....that would make it the height of around 37 storeys...the London Eye looks to be about the equivalent of around 24 storeys....maybe not even that.....the problem being of course is that any 'scale' model...O...HO....whatever...are modelled on standard fairground Ferris wheels, and the London Eye has it's own unique dimensions......it's not really a ferris wheel....as such..........

23rd Jul 2009, 08:57 PM
That's a very nice model. I'll admit it, I don't think I could ever finish one that nice, but I would die trying.


24th Jul 2009, 06:30 AM
''That's a very nice model. I'll admit it, I don't think I could ever finish one that nice, but I would die trying.''

Don....Did you mean the model..as in...the female that Bob photographed?......:D

24th Jul 2009, 07:40 AM
:) Oh Boy!

Brief off topic excursion.>:-}

If we could build this model it would be the end of Model trains, Model building, and Marriage as we know it.;):D

See ya

1st Aug 2009, 02:21 AM

Here is another Ferris Wheel in an Urban setting. This time, Melbourne Australia. This is a working wheel in a park. There is another large wheel here that was built to be like the London Eye. Apparently there were some safety issues with it and it was abandoned after construction. It is a big white wheel with no seats or cages. I will try and get a photo in the coming days.

1st Aug 2009, 01:33 PM
I don't know whats happening but haven't been able to post here all day and now it looks like I can.....

Jimmi (RIP)
1st Aug 2009, 01:58 PM
That was a glitch that Bryan fixed Greg.
Tony found your solution to making the cars for the ferris wheel. Just pretend it's abandoned and stripped down.:eek:

1st Aug 2009, 03:42 PM
I was thinking about the cars (people capsules) on the London Eye. They look a little like medication capsules. Perhaps a pharmacist could get some for you to try. They come in various sizes and colors, including clear.

1st Aug 2009, 06:04 PM
bloody hell I'd hate to swallow one if I could get 12 n gauge figures inside.........

1st Aug 2009, 08:04 PM
Not too bad with only 6 people inside. LOL
Cleaning up the little people the next day can be an ugly chore.

Try a veterinarian, they can get gelcaps big enough to choke a horse.

2nd Aug 2009, 01:37 AM
Here are some photos of the Melbourne wheel sans people capsules.

2nd Aug 2009, 04:37 PM
so what was wrong with it?................

2nd Aug 2009, 05:04 PM
There was some structural flaw, which caused it to fail the inspections....There is a sign that says it is now undergoing redesign/repair and they hope it will be up and running in 2010.