Goin’ Up the Country: Camper Vic’s Secret Hideaway by Menards
Almost everyone has a spot in mind, where they could hop in the car and head to for a little "getaway" in order to recharge from day-to-day life. The Camper Scene from Menards allows you to bring that little piece of heaven to your O gauge layout! The scene is 12-inches wide, 8-inches deep, and rises 3-½ inches tall. This is perfectly sized to fit right into a forest scene or lakeside setting.
The basics: This is a sculpted scene of a semi-developed campsite complete with details affirming it as a weekend hideaway! The molded accessory is fully assembled and decorated and features a silver trailer with interior lighting and a vintage pickup truck with illuminated headlights.
The Camp scene is designed for use with the Menards 4.5 volt Plug & Play system including the Menards nos. 279-4361, 279-4362, or 279-4050. You may wish to consider the no. 279-4681 9-piece Plug & Play accessory kit to serve multiple structures and vehicles. All are available separately.
Why you need this: This hideaway may remind you of a camping spot in the woods, or a patch near the lake for fishing. The sculpted base has tall grass that seems to be bending with the wind. Blue and white wildflowers are scattered here and there, and two-piece a log fence with a red birdfeeder mounted on one post.
Need more proof this is a regularly visited site? There is a picnic table right next to a flowerbed made of four tires of assorted sizes. There is a well-worn patch to the flowerbed suggesting regular watering! Another dirt path leads to the trailer, passing two pink flamingo lawn ornaments. Certainly someone with a wry sense of humor owns the plot!
Local critters abound with deer, a bunny rabbit, and some Cardinals hoping someone refills the feeder soon! And Jack? Our favorite German shepherd is living the good life and has his very own doghouse to keep watch!
The focal point is the pickup-trailer combo. The trailer salutes the riveted aluminum travel trailers introduced in the 1930s. The trailer has plenty of rivets, windows, and two cast-in vents on the roof. When powered up, the lights illuminate with a pleasing yellow hue.
The pickup truck suggests a late 1950s or early 1960s model with a streamlined design and cab that leans slightly forward. The truck is red with yellow windows and white and silver trim. Headlights pop on whenever the scene is powered up.
There is no end to how you can personalize this scene. You can add spare detail pieces and camping figures to the plot. You may add additional greenery as well. Want to add a bit of forest flash? The base comes with pre-drilled holes on the base to add trees, sold separately. You can order a six-piece pack of fall trees (no. 279-3637) or nine-piece pack of green trees (no. 279-3094) for $14.99 each.
Camper Vic’s Secret Hideaway is another unique addition to your O gauge layout that will spur smile of anyone noticing it, perhaps bringing up memories are the old fishing ole or an annual Summer trek to mountains!
- Highly detailed camper and lighted interior
- Vintage truck with prelit headlights
Predrilled holes to place trees (Menards SKU# 279-3094, 3637 sold separately)
- Additional sculpted elements include landscaping, fence with mailbox, picnic table, tire planter, 2 deer, 2 flamingos, 3 birds, dog house, and Jack the German Shepherd
- Requires 4.5-volt power source (sold separately, Menards SKU# 279-4361, 4362, 4050
Approximate Power Draw: 40 mA
Approximate footprint: 11" x 8"
As you probably know, Menard's accessories have their own lighting, and you need a 4.5 volt power source to plug into the jack. There are also adapters that handle many outlets in one.
This accessory is great with Lionel, Marx, K-Line, MTH, Williams, and even American Flyer S gauge!