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by alan_r
Sat May 30, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 216
Views: 26412

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: 116
Views: 9861

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: 348

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: 116
Views: 9861

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...
by alan_r
Mon May 25, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 216
Views: 26412

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The latest effort was to apply the scenery. I used Javis hedgerow to mark the edge boundary of this field from the adjacent ones. The hedging from the packet is very bright green, but randomly wetting it with a wash of very dilute black paint has taken the starkness off and it looks much more natura...
by alan_r
Sat May 23, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Exeter St Davids OO
Replies: 116
Views: 9861

Re: Exeter St Davids OO

Great layout - good to see a more modern image and with the most colourful of liveries (1990s) :) In answer to your question, I would agree with the deviation. Most of your layout is relatively flat, so an area that suddenly gets very steep may look odd. A landscape 'design' that was still relativel...
by alan_r
Thu May 21, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 216
Views: 26412

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The infill module was then base-painted in brown to hide the white of the polystyrene P5_60.JPG View from the other direction - the contours look to fit well, and the lolly-stick retaining wall aligns ok with the front module P5_61.JPG Here is a view of the new infill module separated from the final...
by alan_r
Thu May 21, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 216
Views: 26412

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I set about the spare space to the left of the infill area next to the station, to close the gap and to bulk up the polystyrene. I also joined it to the station with some blending blocks P5_58.JPG The edges were then surrounded with cardboard to form the retaining wall and the ground covered to even...
by alan_r
Tue May 12, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 216
Views: 26412

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The rear infill module provides an extra siding in front of the station and allows trains to service the new scenic area in the middle separately from the station, thereby giving the opportunity for an industrial area. Here the matchstick edging has been painted grey and the track cut and positioned...
by alan_r
Tue May 12, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 216
Views: 26412

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The next stage is to carve the polystyrene blocks to match the surrounding contours to give a continuous surface as best as possible P5_51.JPG Space left for future building P5_52.JPG Then to filler the gaps between the polystyrene and to make concrete retaining walls out of cardboard and lolly stic...
by alan_r
Fri May 08, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 216
Views: 26412

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I managed to spend some time on the layout again. To give me options to have alternative scenes for the central area, I decided a plywood board would allow me to drop in various different models and also build them away from the layout, so I cut a sheet to fit the area. I also set about making a sma...
by alan_r
Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Shrewford, N gauge, BR Sectorisation 1986-88
Replies: 24
Views: 1118

Re: Shrewford, N gauge, BR Sectorisation 1986-88

Oh and the class33 from Cardiff to Manchester picture is almost photo-realistic. Very impressive for N gauge. Well done :)
by alan_r
Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Shrewford, N gauge, BR Sectorisation 1986-88
Replies: 24
Views: 1118

Re: Shrewford, N gauge, BR Sectorisation 1986-88

Great low-level photos at normal head height - it makes for very realistic pictures.
I particularly like the class47 in the distance behind the right-sweeping curves and curved points - very atmospheric! :)
Looking forward to more layout pics
Alan
by alan_r
Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout
Replies: 70
Views: 3715

Re: Green Frog Brewery - A Inglenook Shunting Layout

Brilliant ideas for hiding and extending point levers! A very creative solution. I'd never have thought to use smaller items like your keg pallet or a car, but as you have identified, scenery is allowed to move on the layout rather than being a formal lever all the way to the edge of the board and k...
by alan_r
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 216
Views: 26412

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Thanks for the compliments everyone :D
Endtoend: yes I did think perhaps a spray adhesive could be the solution if it produced a fine enough mist - any suggestions of a brand and where to source something?
Many thanks, Alan

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