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Stone Age fun

STONE AGE FUN

Well each other has already dreamed of spending the night under the clear sky. On your Märklin layout, the camping site will stay throughout the year.

Of course, tent camping is something for which you normally choose the summer. However, there are many people who erect their tents during the other seasons. Sometimes, they don't have any other choice. Alpinists, for example, need to have their camping equipment with them on their climbs, if they want to be around for more than one day. They climb the mountains in different seasons, and at least at the top of several three- and four-thousanders there is snow all year round.

Those who want to climb even the Himalaya mountains must foresee ice cold temperatures all year round even in low locations – "low" from the natives' point of view. In order to prepare themselves, the mountaineers also like to camp during the winter. Finally, there are so-called permanent campers. Normally, they own a camper or a similarly large vehicle. They have rent their campsite for the whole year. Some permanent campers live on the campsite the whole time. Others have a flat they use during the week. They spend their weekends on the camping site.

If we look back in history, we will find that modern residential construction began with the tent. Initially, man could only dwell in natural housings, above all in caves. The Neanderthal man did not yet know about tents. Then, 40,000 years ago, the Homo sapiens migrated from Africa to Europe – we all are descendants of the Africans. Homo sapiens built the first tents. He used animal furs as weather protection, as well as horse skins. He soon not only knew lightweight tents which he could easily transport, but also tents that were raised on a wood structure. Finally, he had the idea not only of building the structure, but also the walls and the roof from wood. The path of man leads step by step from the wooden hut of the Stone Age to the skyscrapers of today.

LARGE, EMPTY AREAS

To some extent, the tent outlasted the times being a portable house. The Romans recognized its value for their armed forces. It is historically documented that they procured large numbers of tents for their campaigns. Probably, also the Greeks and other ancient peoples have used tents. On one continent, tents have remained the normal housing of the native people. Before the European conquered North America, the Indians most probably used to live exclusively in tents.

Therefore, you can design your Märklin layout as if it was in America setting up tepee after tepee. Märklin has already come up with one or the other American vehicle. In our latitudes camping, which is Stone Age fun, is part of our leisure activities. Therefore, a camping site normally features toilets and showers. Usually, there is also a snack stand where besides food and beverages also other things are sold. However, large and empty areas are very important.

For one thing, there are the tents. Secondly, the camper do not want to spend the whole day under the protective roof. Instead, they want to enjoy campfire barbecues, play badminton on the lawns, set up tables and play skat and much more. In the meantime, the children play by the pond, they hide in the bushes or simply rush across the campsite. Some trees provide pleasant shade especially during the midday heat.

A CAMPING SITE NEXT TO THE BRANCH LINE

The members of Model Railway Team Blaufelden created a camping site near the single-track secondary railway. During the day, one just one train travels in each direction and it is quiet at night. Thus, best conditions for a camping site. In a construction kit by Busch they found the equipment for the camping site, thus, the toilet house, the snack stand and the tents. A fence made from wooden strips separates the camping site from the railway route. They used scatter materials to create meadows and trails. On the edge, a small lake or rather a pond was created. In the Märklin Start up Club magazine we already showed you how to create meadows, trails and water areas.

Working at the camping site is easy. You will create an eye-catcher on your Märklin layout for which other Märklin friends will envy you. Just take a look around at model railway exhibitions. A camping site is only rarely seen on a layout or a diorama.

 

YOU NEED...

… the H0 construction kit 6044 by Busch. Everything else is in your junk box: scatter materials, colours, wood scraps for the fence, polystyrene scarps, plaster and much more. Your Märklin dealer can show you many packages containing model figure for the camping site. Just ask for it.

 

Model building: Modellbahn Team Blaufelden under direction of Marliese and Siegfried Gehringer
Photos: Marliese Gehringer (construction photos), Michael Robert Gauß (scenic photos)
Image processing: Michael Robert Gauß