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Author Topic: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.  (Read 81776 times)

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Offline cornish yorkie

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #240 on: January 17, 2015, 12:05:50 AM »
First saw Japanese N Gauge a few years ago and love the detail and how good the long trains look. Purchased allsorts of N and just need a layout now to do them justice.
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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #241 on: February 21, 2015, 09:51:38 AM »
First had n gauge as a little boy which my parents got me. Over the last 25 years though I've built up such a large collection it's become rather pointless selling it and starting again fully in a new gauge. That said I love the detail and quality available in N now and although I've dabbled in OO and even O over the years I always fall back into N.

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #242 on: February 23, 2015, 07:30:18 AM »
Partly because my wife would not let me have a G gauge layout round the garden and partly because N gauge allows you to spend more money per square area of layout than any other scale (except for Z scale).

All seriousness aside, N scale has always seemed to me the natural modelling scale during my adult life. Having said this, I also run a G gauge circuit with a 4-6-0 steamer to satisfy my craving for looking at valve gear motion as well as an OO/HO circuit on which I run some old Trix trains from my youth as well as a sound-equipped Flying Scotsman and a passenger train, the Canadian by Rapido (also sound), which is gorgeous. All scales are great, but N provides the best opportunities for scenery, long trains etc.

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #243 on: March 02, 2015, 03:00:16 PM »
I have oo gauge but after moving space limited I moved to N gauge.. Actually Im loving it..
Andy :)

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #244 on: March 02, 2015, 04:09:16 PM »
Initially due to a reduction in available space but having made the change I can't see that I would ever return to OO. N gauge requires less baseboard construction...my current layout is built on a Wickes flush door supported by 2 Wickes Trestles. If I ever have more space available then I will stick with N gauge so that I can run longer trains. Having decided to change scale I joined the NGS which was a very good decision & one that I would recommend to others if not already a Member.
In an ideal world I believe that the best modelling scale would be 1:100 but I know that this will never happen for all the obvious reasons.
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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #245 on: March 02, 2015, 04:18:14 PM »

In an ideal world I believe that the best modelling scale would be 1:100 but I know that this will never happen for all the obvious reasons.
David

British 3mm scale (aka TT) is 1:101.6 so its within a gnats crotchet of 1:100 - only issue is very little RTR support...
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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #246 on: March 02, 2015, 04:59:25 PM »
Talisman

Re: 'British 3mm scale (aka TT) is 1:101.6 so its within a gnats crotchet of 1:100 - only issue is very little RTR support...'

Agreed, but in New Zealand, it is used to portray the local national (NG) railway (3ft 6 in gauge) and although technically it is TTn31/2 is known locally as NZ120.  It has quite a (growing) following, to the extent that it is now an officially recognised scale , and has increasing support from local cottage industries.  It's a very viable 'alternative' for those who want to model 'local' but have neither the space or ability to work in the other two predominant scales (9 mm: 1 ft, and Sn 31/2).

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #247 on: March 11, 2015, 01:05:03 PM »
Having downsized from our 4 bed house to a 2 bed bungalow and sold all my OO models in preparation, I'd realised how much N Gauge availability of locos and rolling stock had come on from the 70s, when I'd last looked at it seriously.

The Farish B1 and 3MT were deciding factors - I still miss my Bachmann Thompson carriages - I had 2 rakes of them - but otherwise I'm delighted with what I've been able to get (especially a D20 and J26s from Union Mills).

So space (both for layout - flowing track for a "trainspotter's view" - and storage of stock and materials, etc) and available range were the key deciders.

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #248 on: March 15, 2015, 08:49:14 AM »
back in the 60s i passed a model shop which had a what i know to be an n gauge  small layout in the window . this set me thinking as i had just built 2 coffee tables and thought the next one i build i will build it with a plate glass top with a board underneath and put a small layout of scenery and a train going round  . this never happend as a house move meant more important things to do.  the whole idea got forgotten.   then about 5 years ago whilst having an occasional drink with an old work mate he told me  that he had gone with someone to a toy and train fair and bought some n gauge track an rolling stock and was quite enjoying experimenting with it.this now rekindled my old idea. so knowing nothing at all about the real railways nor model railways as when i grew up in the 40s and 50s all i had was a clockwork set  so i purchased a few magazines and went to the nearest advertised shop  my original coffee table idea . his immediate answer was it would be far too small and had little scope so think bigger about 5 by 3 foot.this i took in and left about 500 pounds poorer , and now a few thousand pounds poor ,but enjoying every minute .i am now near to completion of my first layout of modern uk diesel also planning the next one which will be prewar uk steam. so now you know.   yours carpy

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #249 on: May 15, 2015, 02:41:41 PM »
I didn't choose N Gauge. N Gauge chose me...

Or more accurately, my dad has been a member of the 2mm scale association since before I can remember, so N is simply the scale I grew up with. It just makes more sense, it gives you more room and longer trains to play with than the larger scales.

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #250 on: May 18, 2015, 05:53:32 PM »
I also find that I get more in the space available. Also I think OO can look toy trainy unless a lot of detail is added to rolling stock and scenics.
Mind you I'm sure N gauge was bigger when I was 17  :confused2: I sometimes think it would all be easier in the larger scale.
Not sure its supposed to do that

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #251 on: May 19, 2015, 10:47:31 AM »
As a child I had a OO layout and still have all the bits in my loft, in his retirement my Grandfather purchased a Fleischmann N gauge set in the early 1980s, his n gauge bits were passed on to me.  Fast forward to 2012 and a small circle of track was placed on the dining room table, given the limited space I have in my fairly modern house, N gauge is ideal as it's amazing what can modeled in such a small space. 

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #252 on: May 20, 2015, 07:27:06 PM »
When OOO Lone Star first came out ! Push along on metal tracks, then electrics rubber bands ! Then the Arnold models came along, then the wonderful Peco loco, which I still have running today ! never really looked back and the choisees now are enormous, compaired with today than what we had back in the early 60s ! I still enjoy the gauge evern today.

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #253 on: May 24, 2015, 08:20:58 AM »
Originally, after seeing an N gauge model of Exeter station in Railway Modeller magazine, I wanted to run longer trains on sweeping curves but back in the 1980's I had no idea about split cogs and replacing them and just how badly damp would affect baseboards in a shed :( so my dream ground to a halt. My interest was re-kindled when I learnt about replacing split cogs and started experimenting with shelf layouts!

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Re: Why Did You Choose to Model N Gauge?.
« Reply #254 on: May 24, 2015, 09:55:12 AM »
Hi Zimonski, and welcome to the forum :wave:
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