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by alan_r
Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30492

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

OK - a bit more progress to show :) Finally getting some track down. I first painted a 50:50 dilute wash of brown watery paint along the track to take away the standard black plastic look of the sleepers. The wash is thin enough to be applied quickly and easily (can't be doing with painting individu...
by alan_r
Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Shawbury Foregate (BR 1987-92ish inspired by Shrewsbury)
Replies: 176
Views: 32532

Re: Shawbury Foregate (BR 1987-92ish inspired by Shrewsbury)

Fantastic use of space and some great detailing - nice job!
Some very innovative use of materials too. Very effective - just what modelling is all about :D
by alan_r
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30492

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Long view showing the two river beds and the cliffs a66_BothRiversLeft.jpg Long view along the track. Here you can see the long join between the storage yard cover and the track. Bushes and trees should hide this later on... a67_LongViewRight.jpg A few bush tufts stuck along the river sides to look ...
by alan_r
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30492

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: 226
Views: 30492

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: 226
Views: 30492

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: 226
Views: 30492

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: 5374

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: 226
Views: 30492

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: 226
Views: 30492

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: 226
Views: 30492

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: 226
Views: 30492

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: 226
Views: 30492

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: 1500

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: 226
Views: 30492

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. ...

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