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    Default Finally, a "Bathtub Madonna" in N-scale.

    Miniprints had recently come out with a "Bathtub Madonna" in HO-and larger scales. They posted it on their Facebook page and I replied by requesting it in N-scale. They basically said, hold my beer and a few days later it was available in N-scale. For those of you unfamiliar, this was a homemade religious shrine that appeared in many backyards of many homes, especially those of Eastern European ancestry, such as Polish and Lithuanian. The area I model, Northeastern Pennsylvania had a large immigrant population due to a lot of coal mining going on from the late 1800's to about the 1950's when it reduced significantly. This type shrine was a common sight. There are now commercially made versions but originally they took an old bathtub and buried it on end with about half sticking out. A small statue of the "Virgin Mary" was place inside the tub so that the tub formed a protective shield. The statue was about two to three feet in height. I have seen some that were painted very elaborately, with the inside of the tub painted a sky blue with stars in gold and a religious saying across the top, while others were very plain with only the "Madonna's" cloak in blue. Obviously, if you don't have any residential areas on your layout, you might not need one of these, though I have occasionally seen hillside versions, so you never know. I have ordered several and will post a review when I get them. I had planned on modeling these with a N-scale bathtub and a Z-scale figure but finding a Z-scale figure that was similar in shape was problematic. I don't have teh carving skills to make my own.

    https://www.miniprints.com/product/b...lr7zB9pV8egca8

    They make a lot of interesting items, unfortunately, not all available in N-scale. Of course, you never know, if we request it, they might make it!
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    Miniprints has @Moose23 figures as well:
    https://www.miniprints.com/product/bull-moose/

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    This wasn’t at all what I was expecting to see with a title of Bathtub Madonna

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intarsiabox View Post
    This wasn’t at all what I was expecting to see with a title of Bathtub Madonna
    I see what you did there!
    Cheers!
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    Now if they could make an N scale set of rosary beads made out of bowling balls... I'm not joking.

    There's a lot of Polish ancestry in Central Wisconsin...

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    And you can make gazing balls for people's yards with a bb, a fashioned pedestal and some paint.

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    I have to order one of these. Wisconsin has it's share of "Bathtub Marys" (as we call them here), too. Much more so in the past.

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    Bathtub Mary's here in Iowa too! It's a Catholic thing, speaking as one. And no, I don't have a bathtub Mary in my yard. St. Francis though.....lol
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    Very interesting. I know people put statues in backyard or front yard grottos, but the bathtub thing is new to me!

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    I grew up in Northern New Jersey and they were called "Mary on the Half Shell"

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    I was thinking of some of the other homemade yard ornaments and remembered those made from old tires. I am thinking of tires turned inside out )somehow) and used as planters. I also remember a tire combined with a rim as an elevated planter. Of course, railroad ties were used often. Any others?
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    The gazing balls, and then the homemade spray-painted bowling ball gazing balls, and of course the folk art stuff like fat lady bent over in the flower bed, silhouette guy waving, silhouette bigfoot, various spinny things made out of beer cans, toilets made into planters...

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