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by alan_r
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: 8x4 roundy round- Lemmington - minor update page 14
Replies: 220
Views: 12915

Re: 8x4 roundy round- scenery update page 11

Looks great! Some really nice shots looking under the bridge :)
Nice that you can build this with your children, rather than have it locked away in 'Dad's private room' :D
by alan_r
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I made some more buildings for the edge background, this time of a simpler construction. Two consist simply of flat card with building prints stuck on, and the middle building is a flat expanded polystyrene tile covered in cardboard and another building print stuck to it. A larger polystyrene block ...
by alan_r
Sat May 18, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Sticking another window printed paper wrap around the end building finishes it off. This too bowed a little, but I can live with it as the walls are shorter and the distortion is less noticable. The building is floating in mid air a bit for now, but this will be covered by a wider low-rise building ...
by alan_r
Sat May 18, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Rather than turn the toothpaste boxes inside out, I kept them whole for strength and simply wrapped them with a cardboard skin to hold them together and to support the print paper. Because the building will be higher than the backscene, the roof straddles the board and holds the top in shape. It als...
by alan_r
Sat May 18, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Following from the previous two buildings, I made a larger office block with a full cereal box cut to the height of my window print and turned inside out again. I also wanted to hide the end of the old scenic background board, so thought of using two toothpaste boxes, one either side of the board to...
by alan_r
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Model railway insurance?
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Model railway insurance?

Do any modellers here have specific insurance for their railway collections? In particular if any collections exceed the normal household limits? How much should a reasonable policy charge, say £ per £1k value per year? What proof/photographs/lists/documentation is required, or is it based on a 'dec...
by alan_r
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The next small building is simply the end of a toothpaste box turned inside-out, a cap around the top painted grey and a window print stuck over the sides. Very quick and to be honest - good enough for what I want in this area, so I think this is the way to go for the line of office blocks here P5_2...
by alan_r
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The flat box sides looked like they needed some texture, so I figured some bands around the walls between each window level would work P5_21.JPG The whole thing was then painted concrete grey. To close the gap at the bottom where the card had warped, I fitted a shallow skirt P5_22.JPG Matchstick and...
by alan_r
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Do the increasing prices of model railways effect how much you spend?
Replies: 32
Views: 1534

Re: Do the increasing prices of model railways effect how much you spend?

There was a time when I would try to get every variant sold for my particular era, but now there are too many for me to still be a 'collector' so I am a lot more selective. I've decided that I will now 'self-fund', ie only buy new from a paypal balance funded by selling some of my unused stuff, with...
by alan_r
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Micro layout in O-16.5
Replies: 33
Views: 1876

Re: Micro layout in O-16.5

Good use of the cans from the 'unopened 7-pack' ! :lol:
by alan_r
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The board had a strip of cardboard fitted to the front face for a safety wall then it was all painted a concrete-grey. P5_16.JPG I found a very well priced plastic building kit on ebay from China which gave a large(ish) tower block with window openings for just over a fiver (and snap-together constr...
by alan_r
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

OK, so I decided to spend what little time I had on closing in the curve behind the backscene. I covered it with a cut down sheet of plywood salvaged from the old storage sidings 'shelf' that was under the front scenery of the original configuration. Unfortunately it seems to have warped ever so sli...
by alan_r
Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Hi Hymirl - yes possibly cutting away a little groove for the flanges could help but I think it would spoil the crossing, so I'll leave it for now. It means for future layouts there must be plenty of loops with no crossing so there will be somewhere where they can run, with a crossing on a minor loo...
by alan_r
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Ah - first problem encountered with the level crossing! I was 'playing trains' and decided to run some of my older Poole-chassis class31 locos, with the big silver 'cookie-cutter' wheels. It appears that the deep flanges are such that they bottom-out on the inner of the crossing, lifting the wheels ...
by alan_r
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 191
Views: 18525

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Thanks for the comments. PinkNosedPenguin - At the moment I don't have the means to make and post a video, but maybe one day. Having spent lots of time browsing other people's train pictures, I decided to join this forum to 'put something back' and contribute, so maybe one day I'll get myself a vide...

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