There’s actually a little story behind the gent. I have a bunch of Preiser figures, because they’re very well cast and painted. But they do tend to look a bit German. So I ordered some cowboy hats from SS Ltd to westernise them. Sadly, the SS Ltd cowboy hats are a bit of a caricature, more in the style of Verne Niner (who I admire, mind you, just not my style).
Happily I also have some Galileo figures (from Sierra Scale Models), some of which are too 19th C for my setting. One of those fellas lost his head to the gent in the doorway, who now looks sufficiently western. ;)
Jeff, that is one great thing about HO--the diverse selection of figures from Prieser and others. Even if they do have a German flavor.
Those of us in S are limited to Arrtista and Aspen, with a couple of PBL folks: a rather select group, and more so if you model pre-war as I do. Of course those of you at the TOC are stuck in the vise between Victorian and everything else: where are the Edwardians?!? I know that there are some other figures out there, but they seem 'squishy' to my eye--not quite tall enough and too much folding of the clothes.
Figures are hard! If there was one thing I wish I could easily 3d print, it would be figures that had some ability to be customized in pose or perhaps clothing. Where are all the normal people with pants and suits and dresses and coveralls. I can probably add a hat just fine. I just don't have the patience to make the modifications that Lane Stewart has documented in the Gazette, and have too many larger projects to do to modify, detail and hand paint a bunch of figures just now.
Then again, the little guys do seem to be making a lot of progress as they are.
Don't forget to explore Shapeways for existing S scale (1:64) figures. Shops like Printle, Catzpaws, Scale Humans and others have a pretty wide selection of figures. You'll also find some well rendered 1:64 animals, including bulls, cows with nursing calves, dogs, even a load of New Zealand sheep, that might fit in a stock car, certainly in one corner of stock pens.
And if your version of Leadville is to have a "Red Light" district, there's a wide assortment of S scale naked ladies!
Perhaps Printle has added an offering of all their figures in 1:64 since you last browsed. I've found quite a few figures (some are too modern) averaging about $4.00 each. Some could be used as first decade era figures:
When I started to put on the roof, it got too dark inside to see any of my interior details.
While I don't really do night scenes, I decided to light the interior just enough to be able to see in. But first I had to order some LEDs.
While waiting, I decided to baffle the roof edges. My roof fit-lines are pretty good, but nothing ruins a building like light leaking out at the joints. The baffles are spare strip wood, painted black, and spaced back a couple of mm from where the walls will be.
I used a surface mount LED because there's not a lot of roof-space in the depot, and I want the light to spread out as much as possible.
I installed a diffuser to further spread the light. After trying wax paper, typing paper, milk jug plastic and tissue paper, I settled on tissue paper (as in model airplanes, not Kleenex). The diffuser is glued to the roof at the front, and to a stiffener at the back to keep it from sagging into the interior.