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by alan_r
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: A Covid 19 Lament
Replies: 13
Views: 423

Re: A Covid 19 Lament

New Covid masks for the railway enthusiast :lol:
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by alan_r
Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 215
Views: 25202

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Having closed the gap by the office blocks, the scene looks a lot more complete P5_96.JPG Now having finished the 'backscene' (!) I decided it was time to populate the layout with some trains for a bit P5_97.JPG The plywood board gives plenty of future options for infill scenes and alternative build...
by alan_r
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 215
Views: 25202

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Now the card cutting is complete and all the elements fit the space, it is time to finally paint all the card a light grey to represent concrete P5_91.JPG It could probably benefit from some weathering, but for now it will do. If this turns into the interior of a station plaza then weathering would ...
by alan_r
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 215
Views: 25202

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The finished edge (unpainted of course) can be seen in this shot looking towards the station. The protruding part next to the station end is to form a foundation for the end office block P5_86.JPG The office block that surrounds the end of the backscene slots nicely into the end foundation and is no...
by alan_r
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Unfinished business.
Replies: 10
Views: 302

Re: Unfinished business.

I know exactly what you mean! It was this thinking that inspired me to try an experimental modular method and remake different interchangeable modules, which I have to say was very successful from that point of view. Once 'finished' I then removed modules and made new ones, then when they were finis...
by alan_r
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Micro layout in O-16.5
Replies: 140
Views: 9170

Re: Micro layout in O-16.5

That water looks really good - nice to see alternatives to expensive water resin. The river bed painting has emphasised the depth as appropriate too. It just goes to show that the right PVA can be just the job at a fraction of the cost. I've found clear varnish also works in a similar way. What was ...
by alan_r
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 215
Views: 25202

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Thanks for the comments :) The next task was to finish the edge of the higher concrete level. To keep it simple, this would comprise just a barrier and a balcony for now, where I could add buildings in the future, such as a station plaza and/or some shops. The card pieces were cut and scored to allo...
by alan_r
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 215
Views: 25202

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

To hide the join at the side of the buffer ballasting I thought a row of bushes would work and it was quick to apply P5_77.JPG The ballasted flat area at the siding entrance also looked like it could benefit from a few overgrowing weeds so this was also applied P5_78.JPG P5_79.JPG Now the two latest...
by alan_r
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Real World Railways
Topic: Preserving 'lost causes'?
Replies: 25
Views: 1260

Re: Preserving 'lost causes'?

Surely there are different levels of restoration that are possible? Not every restored loco needs to be a full runner - it could be given a basic clean and repaint to be a static exhibit for people to look at or even climb over and get right up close without the owner getting worried about it gettin...
by alan_r
Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 215
Views: 25202

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The siding track of the latest module has now been ballasted. This was made easier as a result of the matchstick surround and 2-3mm cardboard edging to contain the ballast before sticking down with 50/50 PVA/water + washing up liquid. P5_73.JPG At the buffer end the ballast also helps to hold the bu...
by alan_r
Sun May 31, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 215
Views: 25202

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Hi PNP Yes, this is the 'same' layout though it is a bit like Trigger's broom! :lol: The original modules still 'in service' here are the two right/rear ones, 1) with the tunnel and bridge over the river(s), and 2) the field scenery directly in front of it. The straight edge behind the 5-track secti...
by alan_r
Sat May 30, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 215
Views: 25202

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I've now moved on to the siding infill module. The end was built up with polystyrene blocks and carved to suit the surrounding hill contours. Filler smoothed over the polystyrene gets rid of the texture to form the continuation of the path of the adjacent module. I also decided to make a 'sleeper-bu...
by alan_r
Mon May 25, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Exeter St Davids OO
Replies: 89
Views: 8244

Re: Exeter St Davids OO

You have captured it well and I can see why you chose it as a location to model - plenty of interest. Good to see a crossover in the flesh in a real railway with the two diverging tracks in the foreground. Having the TMD on the operator side also gives you the chance to get a good look at your loco ...
by alan_r
Mon May 25, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Backscene
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Backscene

If I understand you correctly, these two backscene sheets join to each other, but you want two new smaller ones to extend either side to fit your wider model? As the focus will be the centre of the layout, will you really notice the two sides so much? They are also at 90degrees to your centre sectio...
by alan_r
Mon May 25, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Exeter St Davids OO
Replies: 89
Views: 8244

Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Looking good - considering this is OO-gauge, you have managed to get some very convincing scenery and nice long spaces to view proper formation trains. Normally this would have to be a club layout or at an exhibition at this scale, so you have got something very special here :D I can't wait to see s...

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