I really appreciate your emails. I am an ex scale aeromodeller and just starting in model railroading and loving the learning curve. Please keep them coming as the tips are a great help.
I only have a small “L” shaped area for my layout. Approx. 3.5 mtrs X 2.4 mtrs and around 750mm deep. It will be a coal mining theme with around two to three elevated tracks. The scale is O (on30) so if you have any track plans for something like that I would really appreciate it if you could email them to me.
Attached is roughly of an area which gives you an idea of the theme.
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“Gday from Aus! Have recently worked with a carpet & vinyl floor layer- lots of ideas!!
The thick large cardboard tubes in carpet & vinyl rolls would make excellent tunnels.
Off-cuts of sheet vinyl would make excellent underlay for track- nearly 3mm thick,sound proofing,cut easily with a stanley knife to any shape required, & come in grey & black “slate” patterns.
Vinyl tiles would make excellent pavers,/ platforms. The “blotchy” grey ones would only need white paint edges, & pavers drawn onto them with thin black pen/ink/texta. Again ,they score & snap easily.
But what caught my attention is the “feather finish” grout they smear over timber/concrete floors before tiling. It is a dark grey colour, so I thought of rock faces, or block walling.(scribe before dry) >tunnel mouths,retaining walls,concrete etc Bit of trial & error on scrap ,card, mdf,>steel finish, spounge, sanded,gouged etc . No prep, just add water!!
One more. Fibro sheeting is made up of layers. Snapped between fingers, it gives a pretty convincing sedimentary/shale rock effect,as the layers break in staggered random arrays. Chisel or knife would expose more or less to suit.
All of these items can be found in scrap/skip bins on site or in industrial areas.
Happy scavenging, deano (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure)
I have been working on the layout and making good progress. It is disappointing to me, but I do not have trains running yet. In this video, I have built the raised platform for the tracks and station on Shell Hill. I have also laid in the 2% inclines, cut the track to fit and I am ready to glue down and plaster the inclines.
I am hopeful that this expansion will improve greatly the performance of the trains. It was difficult bringing my self to rip out the old scenery. I paused for a few days until I was used to the idea and ready to do it. I had spent considerable time creating it once upon a time. I hope your readers enjoy this video.
All the best,
And lastly, I’ve found out there were gremlins about the other week. You may have missed this post here.