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Allen Gaspers

Posted - 2006 April 10 :  3:04:27 PM  Show Profile
I remember seeing one at a train show, it was a working model, but I can't remember who made them.

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Don Gibson

Posted - 2006 April 10 :  3:32:50 PM  Show Profile
They had one working at the Columbia Gorge Model RR Club in Portland.

It was a 5" liquid crystal screen fed by a vidio amp connected to a VCR. The kids loved the cartoons, recognized movies, but asked the universal question "What's a Drive-In? Cars watching a movie was foreign to them.

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Posted - 2006 April 10 :  4:18:24 PM  Show Profile
I believe it was Miller Engineering.

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Russ Daley

Posted - 2006 April 10 :  4:28:51 PM  Show Profile
Sally.....oh yeah!!!!

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Posted - 2006 April 10 :  4:42:22 PM  Show Profile

I do not remember who made the working drive-in, but I recently saw one at the Hobbytown in Kennesaw, GA that they are clearancing out at half off.


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Posted - 2006 April 10 :  5:07:45 PM  Show Profile
if you are considering making a (working) drive in theater...
look into a portable dvd player.
you can probably get the smaller (sceen size), older players pretty inexpensively now.
disguise the player/disc loading part so only the screen is visible.
would be an easy addition to a layout, as well as easy to operate


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Posted - 2006 April 10 :  5:30:50 PM  Show Profile
Allen - Texasbill is correct, it was Miller Engineering that offered this item a few years back...for the tiddy sum of $600-$700 per, as I recall! A little expensive for a layout novelty as far as I'm concerned.


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Posted - 2006 April 10 :  5:49:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit JeffShultz's Homepage
I've seen them with portable DVD players "buried" beneath the parking lot.

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Capt. Mudflap

Posted - 2006 April 13 :  02:54:35 AM  Show Profile
Allen, It was indeed "Miller Engineering", as part of their "Micro Structures" line. The HO scale version listed at: $699.95, with the HO dimension's at: 24" X 30". - N scale at: $429.95, with the N scale dimension's at: 13" X 22". They called it the "Starlite Drive-In." A real working model, with each kit containing a working LCD screen, that would accept a standard video signal from: VCR's, Cable, Camcorder's, DVD's, etc. The kit's included: Chase-lights, custom EL lamps, interior lighting, stainless steel photo-etched parts for all the structures. Laser-cut stencils for parking lot, & street marker's. The last time I recall their drive in advertised, was in the January, 2001 issue of Model Railroader.

I don't think it's offered anymore. You might try calling Miller Engineering New Canaan, CT @ 203-595-0619 (if that's still their current number), or visit them on the web. Hope this helps...


Al Zangenberg

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