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by alan_r
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Next to finish the bushes, with a few over the track by the buffer. Not quite the standard I have seen on some OO models, but ok for now. The scatter within the track rails certainly makes a different look. P3_16.JPG Another long view of the scene. This infill seems to match the adjoining section, s...
by alan_r
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Next to weather the scene to take the shiny model look away. First some dilute black on a damp paper towel dragged along the dirt road P3_12.JPG Then the same over the yard to where the building vehicle door will be P3_13.JPG Placing the building confirms the road marks are about right P3_14.JPG Her...
by alan_r
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Then to ballast the scenic track and paint the road-plate crossing
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ballasted track

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overgrown siding end

Then scatter over the area, leaving the roadway clear. Peco buffer painted yellow fitted too.
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scatter and buffer
by alan_r
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

To give an edge to the front of the back section, I decided to go for a brick retaining wall. I bought some textured brick plastic sheet and spray painted in red. Again it was high gloss and ended up a pillar box red, so I didn't take a picture. Painting over with neat black acrylic and wiping off i...
by alan_r
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Thanks for the compliments Paul/carnehan - I'm not up to your building standard, but I can aspire :) . I may struggle to reach your level of detail as these are N compared to your OO, but I can at least go for a larger overall look. I've now moved on to the background filler section. As before, star...
by alan_r
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

A bit more weathering adjustment then fitting the cardboard roof sections and the peco shed doors
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Finished building

I also added a roller shutter to the vehicle door
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Roller shutter at end

Looking a lot better now. I'm feeling happier about the building and I think I may have saved it afterall! :)
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Finished side view
by alan_r
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Oh - the aerosol paint seems to have reacted with the expanded polystyrene and started to partially dissolve it in places! Another reason not to use it for buildings :o The high gloss finish of the blue looked terrible so I set about weathering it down. Being high gloss though meant a dilute wash of...
by alan_r
Sun Nov 19, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

A view of the underside, showing the expanded polystyrene rear frame. P2_91.JPG P2_92.JPG In hindsight, I won't be doing this again! The PVA glue takes 24hrs to set, keeps moving and runs out of the gaps making a right old mess. For how much material I saved and the effort required I think any next ...
by alan_r
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

With the glue setting very quickly I could then move straight on to fitting the roof. The sprues definitely give good mounting points and allow the structure to hold together well. P2_87.JPG Then the small flat-roof front section. To save on corrugated sheeting and to give a larger, stiffer frame I ...
by alan_r
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I finished the small building by adding the small fire door to the side of the roller door P2_82.JPG Full of confidence i then set about the main shed based on the loco shed parts. I added the half door to the end and cut a large gable to fit around it. To hide the origins of the building sides, I d...
by alan_r
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Thanks for the suggestion End2end - a roller shutter seemed like a simple addition, so I painted a small piece of corrugated sheet (horizontal corrugations) in silver and stuck it in place. P2_81.JPG Since trains will be travelling through the door it made sense to add a yellow line to the bottom sl...
by alan_r
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I then spray painted the building with a few light coats of grey primer (apologies for the poor photo!) P2_76.JPG P2_77.JPG Oops - I forgot about the roof overhang, so painting from above left a gap under the roof! P2_78.JPG I wasn't going to respray just for the gap, so used some diluted black acry...
by alan_r
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 28683

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Before progressing with the shed building, I decided to have a practice and make a small shed to fit the gap between the station and the embankment. Taking one half of the door end of the shed, I then cut some corrugated sheet and made some sides. I'd forgotten how quickly polystyrene cement cures, ...
by alan_r
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)
Replies: 271
Views: 29457

Re: Hawick via Grantham, Inverness and SIAM (00 gauge DC)

A rather fiddly job was preparing the ?“castellated” (not sure of the proper terminology) strips.

I think they are called "quoins"
A quick google images seems to confirm this :)
by alan_r
Tue Oct 24, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Merryfield Heritage Railway
Replies: 14
Views: 1439

Re: Merryfield Heritage Railway

Just remember: this is a better layout than one forever planned yet never built!
Plus it looks like it is versatile enough to be adjusted over time as you want, so fully 'modular'
Enjoy playing trains - you have reached that rare state where you actually can :D

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