“Hi all modellers.
Welcome to my rather unusual contribution today. Normally we see people starting their layouts and giving progress reports as they go.
However this time the video is a striptease of my N gauge layout ‘The Smeedle Valley Railway’.
This took quite a while for me to construct but I think you will see why as I strip away the scenery to reveal my tracks below and how I build in accessibility as I go.
A layout is all very well but if you can’t get to the tracks below the scenery you will have problems, guaranteed.
You will also see my hands and twisted fingers that make building a layout a challenge and are one of the reasons I keep starting new layouts, to keep them working.
A lot of my present layout is made up of plaster panels that have been made to be removed as well as the boarded areas like the town and lake areas that lift away.
One funny bit occurs in the third section of the video when I try to remove a board that I had put a screw through and not realised it was there. The boards used are Sundeala compressed newspaper.
I hope this helps give an insight into what goes into construction and how I construct the plaster panels to be removable as seen in the four pictures below.
I make the panels as shown then paint with poster paint followed by adding various blends of grass, joins can be easily disguised with foliage, bushes and lichen.
Note already one panel in place. Cover the area with cling film and mesh to mould the plaster cloth to. But you can use other ways to pad out the spot.
Here you see i have laid plaster cloth over the area. Note the cling film stops the mess from going everywhere. The cloth is a cheap open mesh, this fine for the first layers
Now when dry i then use a plaster rich cloth like Noch or Gaugemaster produce, this gives a much smoother finish ready for painting. Note i have blended this to the existing plaster cast. Once dry this is a full removeable panel and the way most of my panels are made.
Hopefully this will give people a few ideas and get them started on their own layouts.
Hope you enjoy.
Latest ebay cheat sheet here. Still updated every morning.
Whatever scale you model in, there is some wonderful advice in Eric’s video – just like in the Beginner’s Guide.
A huge thanks to Eric.
Please do leave your thoughts below if you have a tip or you’d just like to commment.
That’s all this time, folks. Please do keep ’em coming.