In late March of this year, I began to replace some of my town's oldest buildings with new, high-detail ones. The majority of the new buildings are modified "Cafe-Corner" series sets.
About this creation
(Note: Most of this overview was copied from my Westwood City 2.0 page.)
On January 9, 2009, I tore down my long-standing 'Legoville Junction' train layout. Over the next six months, I constructed benchwork and accumulated buildings in preparation for a new [far larger] layout. The resulting display, Westwood City, was completed on June 26, 2009. As you have probably seen by now, my MOCpages profile is littered with pictures of this layout.
Over the next year, I began to add more surface detail to the layout. While things progressed nicely, I ultimately concluded that I needed to replace several buildings on the town's South Side. I also became dissatisfied with the unrealistic appearance of Westwood's trees. By August of 2010, it was definitely to give Westwood an overhaul.
On August 4th, 2010, I replaced the Westwood General Hospital and the Westwood Police Station (the two worst looking buildings on the layout, in my opinion) with three custom-built tract homes. On September 26, 2010, I replaced the layout's seven unrealistic trees with twenty-two high-realism ones. During this period, a large number of other details were also added. These changes vastly improved the town's appearance.
A few months later, I began to toy around with the idea of rebuilding the town's downtown. The first in a series of related projects commenced on March 27, 2011. A number of the display's most most iconic buildings, including the Westwood Union Station and 2112 Heatley Plaza, were removed over the next few months. The latter removal was particularly ironic, as the building's namesake, Dany Heatley, was traded from the hometown San Jose Sharks one day after it was scrapped. Five new buildings were added; the few that survived the overhaul were either partially or completely rebuilt. Needless to say, Westwood's current commercial district bears little resemblance to the original.
The results of this overhaul can be found in the gallery below. It is my hope that you enjoy what you see. As always, you are encouraged to leave any compliments, criticisms, or other messages in the comments section below.
Just for kicks, I decided to include a black-and-white version of the cover photograph. I like this version better than the color one.
Here is a fairly-decent view of the town's central section. Note the presence of a modified town hall, fire station, cinema, and Cafe Corner. A number of modified "Creator" houses and a completely scratchbuilt tudor-revival train station can also be seen.
This picture provides a good in-depth view of the town's new downtown residential districts. My heavily modified cinema building can be seen in the upper-righthand corner.
As always, I decided to keep the railroad right-of-way somewhat messy. This picture shows the northern half of BNSF's heavily-used trackage through town.
We now turn our attention to the town's southern half. This half of the layout remains mostly unchanged, save the scratchbuilt apartment building in the upper-right.
None of the pictures that I took of the southern half of Westwood turned out well. Nonetheless, I included two of them. Here's the other.
I always like to include something resembling a view down the town's main street in my albums; this album is no exception. The light-blue building in the upper-left is probably my favorite of all the buildings currently on the display.
Quoting Legostudios 34
I cant believe its been two years since I've used MOCPages. You've always had one of my favorite layouts, Kevin. I hope you'll post some more updates soon.
How are you? I haven't posted anything in nearly as long (my last MOCPages post was in July of 2011), so I know exactly what you mean (though I have logged in, periodically, to check things out since then).
I have some good news and some bad news on the subject of my layout. The bad news? Due to space constraints, I had to scrap nearly everything that wasn't "the town" (in effect, my layout is now nothing more than a town diorama). The good news? The town, while currently undergoing renovation, will be fully rebuilt (and better than ever) in a month or two.
I'll try to post some updates in January or February of 2014. I'd also love to see what you're up to; if you post any new MOCs, let me know and I'll check 'em out.
Hope you're doing well. Take care!
Quoting cyberfrank 2010
what happens with you kev, is the project still alive?
Hi! I haven't posted in ages, have I? The project is still very much alive; I'm probably going to do a new page once my final set of buildings is complete (April 2013 or so). All told, the entire downtown area has been rebuilt. How are you doing?
Very nice town,I'd like to live here!:-).I have a question,can you upload some more videos to your YouTube account.don't get me wrong,I still like MOCpages,it's just that I would like to see Westwood in video form.Bye!:-)
the new buildings are a nice addition kev! will you do road parkings? or widen your sidewalks? it would look gorgeous! also a few new trucks and cars would make it more lively! i ll post a few more of cybercity s soon! good luck kev!
Amazing town, it has so many details, great job! Some time I would like to build a town like this, after I move out and have a job to fund it! The main street view is nice but I think you ment to say the upper right, not upper left, the blue building is on the right.
Quoting Marin Stipkovic
Keeps getting better and better. How do you protect it from dust?
Thanks! To answer your question... I mostly don't. I have tried to use portable fans to blow away some of the dust, but that approach has been only marginally successful. For the most part, the layout has gotten pretty dusty. In the coming months, I hope to find a more effective cleaning method.