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Offline Greenbridge

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Very small Layout
« on: June 05, 2017, 06:09:40 pm »
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This is my very first N gauge layout. First thing first, a few rules:
1) Rule #1 applies,
2) I just want to have fun.
3) I like roundy roundy layouts as I like watching trains go past,
4) I absolutely don't like ballasting. So I choose Kato track,
5) I'm not going for realism and I'm not a rivet counter,
And now, it's time to start my layout !
Stage one: the baseboard. I used 15 and 18mm chipboard (found in my personal pile of junk).





I also tried to add a little bit of scenery:



Yes it's a real rock !
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« Last Edit: June 05, 2017, 06:11:27 pm by Pontvert »
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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2017, 06:31:06 pm »
Hi Christian.

What diameter is your baseboard ?

If you are looking for inspiration for a small roundy roundy I suggest you do a google search for a layout called Littleton Curve by a guy called Brant Hickman.

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Joe de Paris

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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2017, 06:42:22 pm »
Last year I made a micro circular layout with a Christmas theme. Quite good fun, and a real chance to try out techniques, like snow and ice, I'd not used before.

I can't remember who the modeller was, but there was a very nice layout that was half colour, half black and white, the black and white half being modelled to look like wartime England during a blackout. It was extremely cleverly done.

So while there's a lot to be said about keeping things simple for the first layout, the fact you're using Kato track minimises the potential problems. You could really have fun with the scenics. Treacle mines and Middle Earth layouts are two things you sometimes see, but if that's a bit too whimsical, then certainly you could create something dramatic with your centrepiece rock -- there are N-gauge rock climbers from Noch (I think) if that floats your boat!

Cheers, NeMo

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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2017, 06:51:21 pm »
I think you should include at least one turn out/point/aiguillage.

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Joe

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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2017, 10:09:52 am »
If you are looking for inspiration for a small roundy roundy I suggest you do a google search for a layout called Littleton Curve by a guy called Brant Hickman.

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Got it:
Small-Model-Rail-UK

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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2017, 10:42:45 am »
The diameter of the baseboard is 18" . My layout is too small for points. And I don't like them !
I ordered two packs of Kato 20-172 R183-45 curved track (very tight radius!) and one Kato 24-818 Terminal Uni-Joiner.
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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 12:38:29 pm »

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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 01:00:35 pm »
I rather want to build something like this one:



It's not N gauge but the I like the idea.
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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2017, 03:07:22 pm »
Got my track today. Thanks Train Trax. Excellent service. :thumbsup:




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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2017, 03:13:12 pm »
Now it's time to order a few wagons and a loco. I'm working hard on it. See you soon.
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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2017, 07:18:47 pm »


Would a Swiss mountain top café fit on rock ?

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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2017, 07:34:00 pm »
Now it's time to order a few wagons and a loco. I'm working hard on it. See you soon.

The Farish 03 and 04 are excellent diesels for very tight circles. There are green, blue and even NCB yellow ones, and if you don't mind repainting them, there's the option of an industrial livery of your choice. The Dapol 'Terrier' is almost as good, and available in some nice liveries too, particularly the LB&SCR livery.

Cheers, NeMo

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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2017, 07:53:22 pm »
I think a Bo Bo diesel like class 25 could manage
the curves,

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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2017, 08:15:59 pm »
I think a Bo Bo diesel like class 25 could manage
the curves,

That Kato track has a radius of 18.3 cm -- quite a bit tighter than the ~23 cm "first radius" from the likes of Peco. You'd want to test that Class 25 before putting down any hard-earned cash. But the little 03s and 04s will certainly run: the radius on my Christmas layout is less than 15 cm at its tightest.

Cheers, NeMo

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Re: Very small Layout
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2017, 12:06:31 pm »
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread. Some wonderful little layouts here and inspiring to see what can be done in a small space.

 

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