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by alan_r
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Micro layout in O-16.5
Replies: 140
Views: 10022

Re: Micro layout in O-16.5

A good choice with the Llanberis backscene - the steepness and roundness of the mountain sides in the picture perfectly matches the slopes of your scenery. Such rapid changes in elevation for such a small space was going to be tricky to pull off, but the background is definitely going to make it wor...
by alan_r
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: New layout
Replies: 109
Views: 12211

Re: New layout

It is a nice touch that you have posted photographs of the real railway upon which your model is based for us to compare with ... oh, wait a minute ... these ARE of the model!! :shock: :lol:
by alan_r
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:45 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

Viewing the building from the main 'viewing point' and its position is indeed in front of where the road meets the gap in the backscene, so it hides the road meeting a flat wall! P5_43.JPG By adding a second tier to the building it should help to hide this point when viewed from a higher point of vi...
by alan_r
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:36 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 managed to get some more train time and decided to tackle the gap in the town centre backscene where the road meets the layout edge. The gap could be reduced in width with another 2D building, so I got some thick card and stuck another building print over the top. P5_39.JPG This then went along...
by alan_r
Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Micro layout in O-16.5
Replies: 140
Views: 10022

Re: Micro layout in O-16.5

Looking good :)
What glue are you using to assemble your card building?
I've found PVA to cause mine to warp as the card swells and shrinks due to the wetness of PVA - your building lines look pretty straight so I'm assuming you are using some other type?
Cheers, Alan
by alan_r
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: 8x4 roundy round- Lemmington - minor update page 14
Replies: 229
Views: 19734

Re: 8x4 roundy round- scenery update page 11

Looks great! Some really nice shots looking under the bridge :)
Nice that you can build this with your children, rather than have it locked away in 'Dad's private room' :D
by alan_r
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:16 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 made some more buildings for the edge background, this time of a simpler construction. Two consist simply of flat card with building prints stuck on, and the middle building is a flat expanded polystyrene tile covered in cardboard and another building print stuck to it. A larger polystyrene block ...
by alan_r
Sat May 18, 2019 8:11 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

Sticking another window printed paper wrap around the end building finishes it off. This too bowed a little, but I can live with it as the walls are shorter and the distortion is less noticable. The building is floating in mid air a bit for now, but this will be covered by a wider low-rise building ...
by alan_r
Sat May 18, 2019 7:58 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

Rather than turn the toothpaste boxes inside out, I kept them whole for strength and simply wrapped them with a cardboard skin to hold them together and to support the print paper. Because the building will be higher than the backscene, the roof straddles the board and holds the top in shape. It als...
by alan_r
Sat May 18, 2019 7:47 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

Following from the previous two buildings, I made a larger office block with a full cereal box cut to the height of my window print and turned inside out again. I also wanted to hide the end of the old scenic background board, so thought of using two toothpaste boxes, one either side of the board to...
by alan_r
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Model railway insurance?
Replies: 6
Views: 709

Model railway insurance?

Do any modellers here have specific insurance for their railway collections? In particular if any collections exceed the normal household limits? How much should a reasonable policy charge, say £ per £1k value per year? What proof/photographs/lists/documentation is required, or is it based on a 'dec...
by alan_r
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:43 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 small building is simply the end of a toothpaste box turned inside-out, a cap around the top painted grey and a window print stuck over the sides. Very quick and to be honest - good enough for what I want in this area, so I think this is the way to go for the line of office blocks here P5_2...
by alan_r
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:59 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 flat box sides looked like they needed some texture, so I figured some bands around the walls between each window level would work P5_21.JPG The whole thing was then painted concrete grey. To close the gap at the bottom where the card had warped, I fitted a shallow skirt P5_22.JPG Matchstick and...
by alan_r
Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Do the increasing prices of model railways effect how much you spend?
Replies: 31
Views: 2517

Re: Do the increasing prices of model railways effect how much you spend?

There was a time when I would try to get every variant sold for my particular era, but now there are too many for me to still be a 'collector' so I am a lot more selective. I've decided that I will now 'self-fund', ie only buy new from a paypal balance funded by selling some of my unused stuff, with...

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