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by alan_r
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Ok, now to fill in the horizon with some hanging basket liner, up against the backscene. Although hopelessly overscale for n-gauge, it seems to look nice and rough/random from a distance, so might work and certainly snugly fills the gap between the baseboard and the backboard. Also included is a far...
by alan_r
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

A coat of green follows, to take the edge off of the brown.
a59_GreenRight.jpg
Long view right
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a60_GreenRiverBridge.jpg
Main river bridge concrete support
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a61_GreenRoad.jpg
Stream and road bridge
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by alan_r
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

A long view along the whole scene... a54_PaintedViewLeft.jpg The ripples in the backscene look terrible in these harsh photos! The softer light of normal viewing makes them mush less noticeable, honest! ...and the other way... a55_PaintedViewRight.jpg Tunnel approach and mouth (a marginally better v...
by alan_r
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Latest update, and looking a lot less 'snowy' :) Polystyrene filled with lightweight filler and painted all over in brown paint to hide any trace of white in case any of the scatter later on falls off, or leaves any gaps. Cardboard strips have also been laid down along the trackbed to give a better ...
by alan_r
Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Model vehicles
Replies: 51
Views: 4985

Re: Model vehicles

I think you will probably have to go down the repaint route, but you needn't have to get all of the detail done by painting. I'm not sure how effective a computer printer paper-print would be in OO gauge, but I made some n-gauge ones myself which are quite effective... http://www.newrailwaymodellers...
by alan_r
Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Thanks for the positive comments! :) Yes the tracks are just completely straight. Bear in mind however that I have only made one layout before this, and that comprised only of setrack, so S-curves may prove a bit too much at the moment! This 'layout' has no points, curves or anything complicated, so...
by alan_r
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:37 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Then to round off the riverbed. Here I'm using a slightly watered down mix of filler, to give a smooth bottom to the channel, which when painted should look like a muddy base a48_fillerriver.jpg Full view to the right, with the riverbed (not too great a shot with my point-and-click camera!) a49_long...
by alan_r
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:27 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Next to build up the road crossing and the scenic fields above the storage sidings. These should then mean the trains can be viewed fully within the landscape, with nothing outside of the model to distract the eye a43_road.jpg Then the second, smaller river. This time no bridge (would be too many br...
by alan_r
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:17 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

view up to the rail tunnel, showing the rivers and bridge locations a38_longright.jpg Cutting the embankment first, to ensure it matches a39_river.jpg a40_bridgesides.jpg Then cut the polystyrene away to give perfectly positioned supports a41_bridgecut.jpg Then cut the main river to fit the bridge a...
by alan_r
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:09 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Ok, so with the first layout underway, here are some pictures of progress ... Firstly laying out the cardboard base for the road a33_road.jpg then stick layers of polystyrene and carve to form a hill for the road to disappear into, and the embankment to raise the road to thus form a backdrop for the...
by alan_r
Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:10 pm
Forum: N Gauge Model Railway
Topic: GF class37 Network Rail front lights problem? (#371-468)
Replies: 3
Views: 1453

GF class37 Network Rail front lights problem? (#371-468)

Hi all. I've just taken delivery of the new Graham Farish class37 in Network Rail yellow (part no. #371-468). It is an excellent runner, but the front end not only has the three white lights on constant, but also the two red ones flicker/flash at the same time. This happens when running in either di...
by alan_r
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Hi Steve Thanks for the questions. :) The cardboard grips are about 3mm high so taller than the sleepers. They are also quite tight to the track and once they were painted do grip it quite well. So far I've not had any issues with misalignment, and to pull the track out does require a little force. ...
by alan_r
Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

So now the base is complete, I can drop in some 50mm polystyrene sheets, and get ready for the fun part :D a29 left track.JPG a30 right track.JPG Low angle view, showing the loop and the gradient down to the storage area at the front... a31 left loop.JPG Then some supports to hold the scenery above ...
by alan_r
Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Next to stick the backscene to the back board, and finish placing the track...

a24 track back.jpg
backscene and loop track
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a25 centre back.jpg
storage yard
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Full view...
a26 whole back.JPG
The layout from afar
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Side views...
a27 left back.JPG
side view
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a28 right back.JPG
side view
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by alan_r
Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27981

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Next, check the opening in the backboard doesn't foul with the largest wagon I have (a loaded car transporter)

a18 wagon guide.jpg
checking for clearance
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Then put the track in place ...

a19 loop left.jpg
Placing the track
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a21 fiddle back.jpg
Long view
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a22 backboard.jpg
The whole layout
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