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by alan_r
Wed May 16, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I've now fitted the tops to the road and railway bridges P4_33.JPG Track laid to connect to the 180deg curve at the board join. The join will be hidden under the tunnel P4_34.JPG Track laid in the module, with several variations. I've gone for medium points in the siding, but also a long curved poin...
by alan_r
Mon May 07, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The tunnel cover section was made up with polystyrene blocks, fillered and had the tunnel mouth fitted. Matchsticks either side of the track will align the tunnel correctly P4_30.JPG With the tunnel in position the walls and sides close the gap. These will be hidden with bushes once finished P4_31.J...
by alan_r
Mon May 07, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Time to base-paint the scenery of the new module, with a dark bottom to the river and grey for the concrete channel sides. The end of the tunnel is also painted matt black to hide the fact it doesn't go right through P4_26.JPG A long view shows the piped small stream from the left and the main river...
by alan_r
Sat May 05, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout
Replies: 599
Views: 78638

Re: Galgorm Hall 00 Gauge Loft Layout

Great job painting that brickwork! This is the reason for scratch-building rather than buying off the shelf. Superb :D
by alan_r
Tue May 01, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The Peco tunnel openings are pretty ubiquitous but at the moment I'm not bothered about making my own. To try to make them look a little less 'from-the-packet' I also painted these in a totally different colour scheme resembling the rock faces around the layout (the local stone that would have been ...
by alan_r
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The tunnel approach embankments were then built up with layers of polystyrene
P4_22.JPG
Building up the tunnel approach

Gaps then filled with lightweight filler and left to dry
P4_23.JPG
Smoothing the polystyrene with filler
by alan_r
Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I've now made a start on the scenery of the new front module. Here I've cut the polystyrene for the river which will run in a channel from under the railway and under the small road crossing. There is also a ditch to separate the road from the rail lines P4_17.JPG I then cut some brick sheet to make...
by alan_r
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

For info, here is my intended layout plan. It allows two trains to alternate between the blue lines, whilst the other is parked up at the station. There is also a passing loop on the red line, again to allow two trains to run this line. The orange sidings can allow two trains to shuttle between the ...
by alan_r
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The 180degree curves will allow trains to emerge from another tunnel back into the visible area. Here the through-lines will also have a passing line and two sidings. Being on the inner track, I can shuttle trains between the station sidings of the existing rear part of the layout for operational va...
by alan_r
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

I've replaced the big end loops with simple 180degree curves. The principle of gripping the track with small cardboard pads is still the same, meaning the track is fully recoverable yet very well held. I used 2nd, 3rd and 4th radius setrack to position the grips to give a uniform curve at the ends, ...
by alan_r
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Once complete, the new polystyrene base sheets sit on top. This gives me a lot more space for new scenery. P4_04.JPG P4_05.JPG P4_06.JPG P4_07.JPG Admittedly it will be a bit more 'train-set'-like, being a visible oval, but it may be a more fun layout to watch trains on. Overall width is now a shade...
by alan_r
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

There were a few fundamental issues I had with my previous layout. 1) Some of the trains had trouble with the gradients, and to have enough speed to get up the inclines, they ran too fast in the scenic area (I like slow trains gliding by). 2) The scenic area was only about 25% of the track length, s...
by alan_r
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The ridge of the roof is a single bead of the corrugated sheet P3_67.JPG Once assembled, it then needed painting. First primed in grey I then set about trying out my newly learned painting skills, copying the colour scheme of the original P3_68.JPG P3_69.JPG P3_70.JPG I have to say I'm feeling prett...
by alan_r
Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Following the relative success of the station bridge, I decided to set myself a challenge of another building. The Graham Farish 'Lyddle end' range of buildings are quite well detailed but stupidly expensive (even more so now!) and seem to have very high asking prices on ebay. I managed to pick up a...
by alan_r
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 223
Views: 27802

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Hi Dave
I kept the 'thankyou' slip in the box and this lists the seller's name as 'Everydaygoodz' if that helps?
They came already painted and look fine even when closely scrutinised - and for a penny each!
Alan

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