I have just joined the forum after ordering the Dueling Sheds kit. I am actually a boat modeler and the majority of my models are at a vastly larger scale than HO or O. Most are either 1:24 or 1:16. My old eyes are not too great for working on very small structures. My primary motivation for doing the kit is to learn more about weathering. I have typically built pristine models, but I would really like to try some weathering.
I have built two dioramas in the past. Nothing to compare to what I see here. One was a small boat shop - http://www.modelboatyard.com/boatshop.html
and the other was more of a boat-builder's back yard - http://www.modelboatyard.com/messenger.html
Everything is scratch built on these with the single exception of the anchor chain on the second one. As I say, these are nothing to compare to what I see here but I had no clue what I was doing when I did these. I am truly amazed at the work I see here and hope to learn much more.
I already have a few questions about the techniques presented in the instructions, but I will post those elsewhere.