I took the kids to see a model train display. This was the neatest one. It was all self-contained in what looked like a large fish tank. I liked this because it seemed like something you could actually have in your house. It would fit in a normal room and not cost thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours to construct. It had little openings on the side so the tracks could be connected to another display, if you wanted. It was under glass, so the kids weren’t able to touch it.
It was a Pittsburgh scene and the man who made it added lots of little things to look at. This is a guy flying on a lawn chair powered by balloons and steered by shotgun. He said this really happened in California, years ago.
There was a billboard in the display that had a little LCD, so it could play video. He had a camera hidden so that it made and played video on the billboard of the people looking at it. It was pretty clever.
He had an angled mirror so you could see all the wiring and moving parts underneath that controlled everything in the display. We spent a long time watching this thing go.