Pauls urban layout

Who remembers this one from Barry?


Being new I’m not sure if this has been mentioned or not ….. more of a tool tip than a modeling tip.
Revlon makes a pair of tweezers that have a built in LED, very handing when working in small dark spaces.
I picked one up today and have already used it a number of times.
Revlon 15119, attached is a picture of one.

Unfortunately, all they had at Wal-Mart today were pink. LOL.”


Well guess what? You can get ’em on ebay.

“Hi Alistair.

I have enjoyed your posts for a few months now and learnt a lot from your contributors.

I’d like to offer a video of my latest layout featuring a modern Japanese urban scene. It is one half of a double sided N Scale layout. It’s a bit different to what most folk here in Australia model and probably VERY different to favoured subjects in other parts of the world.

The second half of the layout is a small town in Montana,USA. I’ll send a link on to that if people are interested.


Brisbane, Australia”

Ebay cheat sheet packed with stuff at the mo: it’s here.

Please keep ’em coming.



54 Responses to Pauls urban layout

  1. kenny says:

    very well done I wish I had the space and the skill to do as good a job as you have done and I would certainly like to see more if poss

  2. Stephen Middlehurst says:

    Well done Paul, I really like you Bullet train layout, one of the best I think. The Japanese announcment sound really good as well.

  3. MadDogBurger says:

    Love it – Great Detail

  4. John Gibson says:

    Very enjoyable. So totally different from most layouts. The announcements at the station made the whole gave a more realistic feeling to it.

  5. Peter BOSTON says:

    Very different from “the norm” but fascinating. I would like to see the other half please.

  6. D.B. Lewis says:

    Man, way a neat urban layout. Unique. Slick. Gives me some idea … I also realty appreciated the tweezers tool tip.

  7. Pete Evangel says:

    Nice detail. I would like to know about the “TV” or video in the tower next to the station. How did you do that, what did you use? Would love to see the Montana portion in a future post also. I just love the detail work. Havent seen to many folks working in N:scale.

  8. Jim Donovan says:

    Very well done. I like the high tech video and audio, a very modern layout.

  9. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Very nice,would be nice to see the bullet train at speed…….. maybe and open country layout? In the future?
    Regards ,Chuck

  10. Ian Pickersgill says:

    It never fails to amaze me just what people do make with their layout. Pauls Japanese layout is certainly new to me as I have never seen another layout like it. All the effects really make it come to life. Please let us have more. Well done Paul.

  11. Paul says:

    Congratulations, you did a beautiful job. The TV/ video was a super touch. I also intend to do a Kato Japanese commuter train layout but on a 4′ x 8′ platform. Some searching on the web and you can come up with some great track plans using Kato N scale unitrack, even for small spaces or that can be removed.

  12. D.B. LEWIS says:

    I just now watched it again. It’s got a TV in a tower! … Now I want to see what he did with the other side of this layout.

  13. Lawrence Phipps says:

    Superb layout, love the detail

  14. Roland Burch says:

    That was a wonderful video.

    Great idea on the tweezers; use them paint people and work on engines.
    Cheaper than tools for modeling.

  15. Dave says:

    Very well done. I would enjoy seeing the “Montana side” of the layout. I live in Billings, Mont USA . Did you base it on a actual town, or is it made up?

  16. Jim says:

    Very original and extremely well done!

  17. Al Plant says:

    Wow, I’m starting a layout and was thinking open central US. Now I think a local city steel mill might have more action. Thanks for the idea,

  18. Tom says:

    great video and station sounds … detailed town … backdrop blends so well … Paul my hat off to you for a hobby well done. Would love to see Montana in video, please!

    Thanks Paul and Al.



  19. Jim says:

    Very nice but where is Godzilla

  20. Cameron says:

    What a fantastic urban layout. Ever since going to Japan I have always wanted to model the Shink in n scale. Very inspirational stuff.

  21. Ross Johnston says:

    Great work Paul! An excellent job for a “Banana Bender!” Your buidings and sound effects were great. Thanks for sharing. Cheers Rossco Adelaide SA

  22. Dennis L. House says:

    Since I live in Helena, Montana, I’d like to see the Montana layout! Thanks in advance Paul.

  23. builder Kim says:

    That was great.The sounds were cool.but have to do something about the camera motion.sort of worps and blurs .but would love to see more for sure.would really be interesting with a camera in one of those trains but run slower if you do.thanks for the video was super.

  24. kenn says:

    Those buildings had to take forever and a year to build. You must have an excessive amount of patience. This would be a great one to show my son as he lived in Sendai for two years. I am sure it would bring back memories to him.

  25. Mike Wilson says:

    Superb layout you have there Paul and very different to the norm here in Oz. I would also like to know how the tower TV works?
    Would also like to see the other side of the urban set.
    Keep up the fantastic work!!!

  26. Eppi Santiago says:

    Very enjoyable, nice audio, well done.

  27. phil mccallum says:

    Great lay out ,would like to see it in real life,do you show it anywhere in brissy area ,
    Me slacks creek

  28. Duncan Galbraith says:

    Most impressed, such accurate detail I rode on this train a few times many years ago. Fantastic buildin models and such a good idea. Let’ see Montana, please! D/

  29. Well done Paul , so much details and very 21st century

  30. J T Lunsford says:

    Very nice detail on trains and traffic. Also very nice job on layout and grounds,trees,and signs. WELL DONE!!

  31. Paul, Brisbane. Australia. says:

    Thanks for all the positive comments. I’ll try to pick up on the questions.. The link to the Montana side has been sent to Al. I’d love to take credit for the buildings, but most are ready-built from Kato. The TV advertising screen is a small pocket TV/video we bought years ago, inserted in a small tower building, fed from a normal DVD player. We have visited Japan a few times and the station sounds are live recordings from Tokyo Stations. G’day to the guy from Helena, MO. LOVE Montana!

  32. THOMAS says:


  33. Jim says:

    A unique concept for this great hobby. And why not. A very realistic looking layout with authentic sound. Great work.

    Jim AZ

  34. Gregory Schaefer says:

    That is a pretty neat railroad. Coming from Chicago, I always appreciate an urban setting.

  35. Terry Miller says:

    Nice layout…I was surprised to see the TV tower which was cool. I did a similar thing years ago and designed it as a drive in theater. Had a small handheld tv that I hooked up to my cable tv line and used whatever was on to entertain the people at the drive-in. .

  36. ANDREW SCHYHOL says:

    WOW! So neat to see something really different. I’m ready for your interpretation of Montana. “Banana Bender”?
    ANDY Florida USA

  37. David Hannan says:

    Surprised it is N Scale – looks much bigger! Excellent!

  38. Absolutely love it. Fantastic layout. Well done. Thank you Paul for sharing this.

  39. Robert Brady says:

    Nice love the layout AL it was a repeat,I’m following you! LOL!

  40. James Pettengill says:

    I lived and worked in Japan for a very long time. I can speak Japanese. Your layout took me back in time to that period in my life. An excellent job in every way. I wish I had a layout like that… I guess I have to confess; I’m envious!!!

  41. steve joyce says:

    Pretty darn neat.

  42. Alan spence says:

    Super layout Paul I model Kato trains and trams in the uk
    The screen is amazing are you dc or dcc not that it matters is it just a oblong track plan what is the layout dimensions I love to see Japanese layouts all we seem to have in uk is steam and uk stuff that’s fine but nice to see some continental stuff

  43. Lou says:


  44. brilliant!

    The tweezers are a great tip… As to the color?
    Many years ago my tools kept going for unsupervised walks…
    I painted the handles of them a fluorescent pink…
    After that they behaved themselves and stayed in my toolbox…
    It seemed that no one wanted to “borrow” my bright pink tools.
    Yes… I did get teased a lot… No, it did not bother me…

  45. Marklin ed says:

    My first Japanese model railroad, you always remember your first. Great wonderful. Loved the station noise.

  46. Colin Edinburgh says:

    Nice layout. Must have been a bit of a headache setting up the curves with the bullet train coaches being coupled so close together. Well done a nice change. Would like to see your track plan if possible and the other side of your layout.

    Message for THOMAS You do not have to be an expert to enjoy your model railway. You have no doubt seen many layouts on this forum. Some are outstanding and with great attention to detail and scale. Many a nice layout is build with enthusiasm of their creators and that is the most important thing about building a layout is the fun and excitement you get from doing so. Simple ovals can be as much fun to create and run trains on as the largest layouts we see from time to time on the forum. Simple layouts do not need acres of scenery or miles of wires to run and control them. Please enjoy your hobby and take pleasure in creating something, all layouts have merit.

  47. Unique, and well done! I especially liked the vocalizations!

  48. Paul
    I fore one would love to see your reveres village on the other side of the one with the bullet trains , and I bet it’s just great as the first side !
    Be well and stay safe sir !

  49. Mark T. Pianka says:

    Very nice layout

  50. Will in NM says:

    Barry, Great suggestion about the lighted tweezers for old geezers like me. I went right out and ordered a pair from Amazon where they were a little cheaper than on ebay.

    Paul, your Japanese bullet train layout is superb! Loved the background announcements and the wideo on the side of the building. It reminded me of the GInza when I was in Tokyo in 1974. I can’t wait to see the Montana side of your layout.

  51. Very different from the norm! Very good and fascinating!
    But a bit concerned for the passengers!
    When do the trains stop at the stations??

  52. Anton Pieris says:

    Extremely well done. It reminds me of my travel in Shinkansen some 45 years ago. The announcements make me feel nostalgic.

    Anton Pieris
    from Sri Lanka

  53. I went to Japan for a military exercise and your layout nailed it with extensive detail and the audio is perfectly woven into the video. Superb job in modelling in N scale and the detail of the layout. Excellent job!

  54. Andrew Aves says:

    Fantastic layout Paul
    Andrew in Oz (Noosa Hinterland)

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