Jose, you are right. Building superdetailed stuff is great and I admire such work but rarely do these artists build operating railroads. One of the old Model Railroader authors held to the "good enough" principle and his layout was/is one of the best ever.
Given that this thread was originally about HO nails in walls, for comparison purposes, may I offer 2 photos I got of one of the O scale structures on Rod's Lost Creek layout, when I visited his layout as part of the Layout Tours at the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention at Easter this year
First the view was taken from the aisle of one of his mine structures that was probably about 3' away from where I was standing
(Checking the digital data panel for this photo told me that this photo was equivalent to using a 25mm lens on a 35mm film camera - It probably used very little if any of the zoom capability of my camera)
and a much tighter zoom looking at the office on the landing above the loading gates
(This photo was equivalent to using a 200mm lens on a 35mm camera. My camera was probably showing about 8X zoom in the view panel when I took the photo - any much higher zoom ratios than that and I get blurry hand-held photos)
I hope that this helps compare approaches on O scale structures.
Unanderra in oz
Please don't thank me too much, Lost Creek Rod made the model and added the details, and opened up his layout for visitors. I had the camera set for "mug mode" (full automatic)- I only moved the zoom in and out.
Unanderra in oz
Yes I have been very busy lately.
I am moving and am also changing scales.
Going from HO to G scale with a garden railroad.
Started small but am already planning to expand.
Hope all is well with you and all other forum members.