Ned Kronberg is the proprietor behind this massive show in HO, & Half Inch. Ned has been modeling circus since about 1960 when he started with some Simmons kits that he found in a hobby store. Ned had been building a model railroad layout and thought it would be interesting to add a circus train. A stroke of bad luck ended Ned's Model railroad layout, his house was built over an old creek bed and after a bad rain storm had taken out most of the basement. This storm ended Ned's model railroad layout for good as he pushed forward into the world of circus.
Other than collecting some circus items and kits his modeling did not peak until after he was promoted and moved to White Bear Lake, Minnesota in 1973. Shortly after he moved he met Roy Payne at a wood carvers show and then a short time later met Warren Drew at a railroad show. This was the nucleus of starting a Circus Model Builders club in the Twin Cities that grew to be more than 35 members.
The Mighty "K" Circus parade begins in 1977 or 78 with 4 street section and now he moves 10 sections. The parade is over 30 feet long and contains thousands of people and many building, stores, trees and even a fire station found in town. I have had the honor of being able to help setup this spectacular display many times and still see things new to look at. The many times that I have helped setup and takedown I don't think we have ever laid out the parade in the same order. Ned has always been very willing to answer my questions and also explain the order of the parade is not that big of a deal other than the Cali! It always is at the end bringing the people to the circus grounds.
This shot is of Ned's parade at Bandana Square St. Paul Minnesota October 2009.
A Mile of Smiles (in HO scale) Thousands of people have viewed this display for over 30 years.
Winter Quarters: White Bear Lake, Minnesota - Contact Ned at email@example.com
Ned has also been building many acts over the past year. This is just one of over 50 he has but together and can switch in and out of his open top display.
Shot's of Ned's cookhouse, once again a beautiful model that will further complete his display.
Above Neds Great Circus Parade Train. Below his dishwasher wagon in HO
Ned has been busy this winter, here is his Egypt wagon.
Ned has been busy again working on his motor pool!
More horse cars for the G scale show.
One of the best shots of Ned with his parade taken for a article in a local paper.