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by alan_r
Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30408

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I've cut down four wall plugs to form the pipe openings for the stream to emerge from. P2 19.JPG P2 20.JPG Painting the track bed to hide any ballast gaps and a concrete grey for the retaining wall: P2 21.JPG P2 22.JPG After 'painting' the track with a dilute wash of 50% brown paint and 50% water to...
by alan_r
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30408

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The pockets are now cut into the polystyrene to allow the platform leading edges to ramp down. This has the advantage of leaving nice crisp edges to the top and doesn't need difficult cutting of a shallow angle to the bottom of the blocks. I've also cut some card to form a 'concrete' retaining wall ...
by alan_r
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30408

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Made some more progress today, cutting another length of setrack to finish the other siding link interface. The idea is to have the board joins zigzagging about so there is no long join line that the eye can obviously see. I tested a class158 approaching the side platform and shaved off the platform...
by alan_r
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30408

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The track joins the other board via the fishplates of the track as before. I've cut some setrack to give a good solid end that grips the joiner and track, blending the cut end into the rest of the track. Hopefully this will prove to be durable enough - it is certainly simple. This will then connect ...
by alan_r
Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30408

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

It's been a while but I have a bit of time to spend on the layout again, so I've decided to have a go at building a station. The idea of the layout is that it is modular and can 'quickly' and easily be adapted, so I've removed the left side to try a few things out. Rather than have a large new secti...
by alan_r
Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Waterslide decal paper for laser printers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2795

Re: Waterslide decal paper for laser printers?

Thanks everyone for your contributions to the debate. I'm glad I asked the question now. Great photos of home transfers on models - well done! I noticed the two paper types (inkjet and laser), so perhaps I saw the warning on the inkjet paper for laser use? Not sure I'm quite ready to brave a run in ...
by alan_r
Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Waterslide decal paper for laser printers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2795

Waterslide decal paper for laser printers?

Hi All Has anyone any experience of using waterslide decal paper for laser printers? I've found a few places that supply it, and since I like to think I'm pretty handy with a computer, figured I could create all sorts of new graphics for my railway models, such as loco logos and renumbers, lorry sid...
by alan_r
Sun May 17, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30408

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Version#1 is safely wrapped in plastic in storage. I'm not sure what it's fate will be. I may add a further signal to the other (tunnel) end, use it as a basis of another/extended base, or perhaps sell it to fund a new build. However, it will be a quick and easy background to set back up if I want t...
by alan_r
Sun May 17, 2015 12:23 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30408

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I had a spare couple of days, so I thought I'd see what might fit into the space for a possible future layout version#2. As suggested, some sweeping bends, plus a station might be nice, with both through lines and terminal lines, perhaps with a postal depot as well. Seems to be possible to get a lot...
by alan_r
Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Why no dummy Class 20?
Replies: 23
Views: 2587

Re: Why no dummy Class 20?

I've often wondered this too. I bought myself a few dummy chassis from 'Ian Stoate' which sort the problem for DC. In terms of cost though, Dapol released dummy class 66s for £35 when the powered models were £70+ (N-gauge at least), and currently Hattons are offering Hymek class35s at £85 powered an...
by alan_r
Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30408

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Many thanks for the positive comments. I'm particularly pleased people like some of the ideas enough to try them for themselves. Post a link and let me see how the techniques work on your creations :) As for exhibiting this layout ... I think it might be a bit boring for viewers unless I set up a fu...
by alan_r
Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30408

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I have to admit that the BR blue livery isn't my favourite, yet I do find the recent Farish GUV coaches are superb quality. Strange how such a plain wagon can look so good with the right detailing. So when a well know retailer was offering the Graham Farish newspaper set 370-065 with loco 24077 for ...
by alan_r
Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:04 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Cargo Waggon
Replies: 16
Views: 2447

Re: Cargo Waggon

found a couple of more modern pics, with class 60 and 66:
http://www.hondawanderer.com/60100_Comp ... p_2002.htm
http://www.hondawanderer.com/66001_Abbotswood_2009.htm

I hope that helps :)
by alan_r
Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Cargo Waggon
Replies: 16
Views: 2447

Re: Cargo Waggon

To get back to the original post/question, I've seen these in South Wales in plain silver in a rake of about twelve, in the last 12months heading east through Port Talbot pulled by an EWS loco (Class 60 or 66 - I can't remember which. Both are common down this way, even the half-dozen class 60s stil...
by alan_r
Fri May 17, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Buying Habits - Changed due to Postal Charges?
Replies: 21
Views: 2240

Re: Buying Habits - Changed due to Postal Charges?

I have noticed though some sellers bundle all sorts of 'eclectic' mixes together which you do wonder who would want to buy! :roll: One man's rubbish, is another man's gold. There will always be someone out in "buyer land" who wants what others might think is worthless or of no use. It mak...

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