I can't remember when I last had a clear workbench. There always seems to be loads of things to do which end up superceding the previous (unfinished) 'must do' project!
I intend to use these pages to show you the current projects I am working. I will also show pictures of how I built some of the previous pieces (as and when I find the photographs!).
|THE GN-15 PROJECT
It was a couple of years ago that I first heard of GN-15. Basically, it's G Scale running on '00' gauge track, representing a prototype gauge of 15", thus allowing large (ish) rolling stock in a fairly small space. I'm not sure whether that makes sense but for more details, visit the Gn15 info site here and I am sure all your questions will be answered.
Anyway, on with the project...
As with all my previous layouts (0:16.5 narrow gauge), I wanted to keep the dimensions small whilst at the same time making the layout as realistic as possible. I have found that restrictions in size force you to be clever at the designing stage and although the layout is only 4'x2', it still took months of 'doodling' to come up with a design I was happy with.
I like modelling industrial scenes, particularly mines, and this layout was to be no exception, although this time I was going across the pond because it was to be set in the wilderness of America. Vague, I know, but more specifics will follow in due course.
|These shots are taken at the base of the (yet to build) lake. The contours of the layout are made from good old polystyrene. Messy but effective. The rock faces are cast using dental plaster poured into various rubber moulds. The track bed actually travels up a modest gradient and will eventually cross the lake via a bridge onto the other side. All this area will be lush with trees etc (that's another story!)
|The first shot shows the opposite side, where all the action will take place. The point to the left will lead the track down a slope and into the mine. It will then curve round (unseen) and make its way round to join the other side, via a small traverser. As you can see, a very simple design but with clever use of trees and a bit of forced perspective, the layout should prove interesting to watch. The shot on the right is a close up of the cast rocks. The wagon has a scratchbuilt chassis with a resin body by Steve Bennet of Pepper 7 (Black Dog Mine).
|TO PART 2