Thursday, 29 April 2010

'N' Gauge Project progressing well

The farmhouse and shed are in place and the bridge and retaining walls all fitted and gaps filled.

My little N gauge layout is taking shape rapidly. Spending just an hour or so every other day has seen much progress since last week. I'm certainly learning a few lessons about working scenically in a smaller scale, not least with ballasting and creating landforms that, in OO would be acceptable but, in N, is like creating huge mounds of earth that no human could possibly traverse!
I thought I'd have a go with 2mm scale as a way of learning new skills, but also to assess how attractive a change of gauge would be, not least as space is becoming a real issue at the moment. And, with another house move looking likely, I may soon have to downsize in drastic fashion! With this in mind, work on my OO S&C layout has been called off, pending the outcome of this 'Guage Trial' and the likely next location of my railway room.
This Graham Farish/Scenecraft halt is just the job for this tiny layout

The Peco tunnel mouth looks great with a decent paint job and the inside is fully lined with Slaters embossed Plastikard.

The next stage is to finish assembling the twin fiddle yards at each end, connect the wiring and test everything before the scenery is completed. I've a small pile of buildings, figures and animals to paint away from the layout, too. Along with some splendid tractors and farm implements from the Langley Models range.
The backscene also needs assembling. This will also be new ground for me, as I'm experimenting with a curved backdrop to eliminate any dark shadows, etc. It's all good fun!
Only 2ft (and a bit) long, this is my first real foray into 2mm scale

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