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    At the Great Train Show back at the beginning of the month one spectator commented on my town "Rothenberg ob der Tauber", a medieval walled town in northern Bavaria. She said it was missing Käthe Wohlfahrt's Christmas shop, where it is Christmas 365 days a year. No representation of Rothenberg is complete without....



    So after the show I got to looking at photos of the KW store (and, after a modest start in Rothenberg in the 1960's, she is now world wide), and looking at my stash of built and unbuilt buildings. I finally selected this Kibri model that someone gave me in a box of German N scale trains and houses at the Rocky Mountain Train Show:



    The first step was to remove the appliqued exterior:




    And pop out the windows so I could color and texture the outside of the building. I didn't have any appropriately colored spray paints, so I used texturing powders to get the approximate color. Then I sprayed it with Dull Coat - which darkened the colors considerably, darn it. I cut new doors, applied arches, reinstalled the windows, and gave it a bit of an interior. The nutcracker soldier is from the a photo of the shop's façade, copied and reduced on Publisher.



    Then the window boxes and lighting.



    And finally adding figures. The fellow staggering under a load of boxes is my brother Fred. The short lady in front with the red shopping bag is my Sister-in-law, while my niece Margaret is trying to add one more box to Fred's load. My other niece, Mary, is carrying a Christmas Pyramid. They visited Rothenberg in about 1985, but I felt I had to include them in my 2012-20something layout.



    And now I have something new for people to find at the next show!
    Cheers!
    Gordon
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    @el Gato Gordo

    Fantastischer bau und geschichte Gordon!

    Errr, fantastic build and story Gordon!
    ~ Moose (Co-founder of the Mt. Tahoma & Pacific Railroad, located some where in the Pacific Northwest)

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    Viele Danke, Herr Elch!
    Cheers!
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    As I have said many of times, Gordon's layout in person is fantastic. He does a great job of setting up small vinettes through out his layout with a personal story behind it.

    @elGatoGordo - still would like to know who the lady with the legs in the air in the hotel room represents?

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    Dave, what happens in Oberwesel stays in Oberwesel.
    Cheers!
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