“Hey Al . . .
For what it’s worth, here’s a small layout (narrow gauge) I built some years ago to show:
(a) You don’t have to have much space
(b) you don’t have to spent heaps on the hobby to have fun
(c) you don’t have to have a huge skill(s) base
to get something that works – and to enjoy yourself as a modeller.
Another thing most modellers – or those contemplating modelling a working layout – shd think about is building a small diorama to test their skills and ideas.
And, if nothing else, such a diorama can act as a photo ‘stage’ for models. This one is a little over 300mm (1ft) long.
This is a small one I built several years ago . . . I wanted to see how Woodland Scenics rock moulds wd work if I used plaster (very heavy results I would not attempt again on a portable layout!).
I also wanted to see how:
(a) realistic Micro Engineering N scale track could be made to look
(b) local (to my area) ballast could be made to look in such a small scale
(c) teased green carpet fibres could be used to model realistic railside undergrowth (I mixed this with the usual Woodland Scenics materials
(d) my models stacked up under the glare of close-up camera work (some are fully finished, and I was also testing some simple air-brushed weathering techniques).
Some of these models are Micro Trains, some are NSW rolling stock kits, some – like the tank cars – are scrap-box hand-me-downs I bought for a pence at second-hand stalls), and many are fitted with Intermountain trucks. The tank cars are designed to be extra fuel carriers for the locos.
Hope these help.
What a fantastic little project! Thanks to Peter for sending it in.
Just goes to show that you don’t need a lot of space to enjoy making a layout.
Keep ’em coming folks.