A layout at long last

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A layout at long last

Postby johna » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:20 am

It's taken years but after a few false starts I have at last started to build a GNine layout. Following lots of advice from group members I decided to keep things very simple and looked at various layouts. I have always liked " Badgers Bottom" by Simon Andrews so with his permission I have started to construct a very similar layout. Like most folks I have collected a various amount of model railway items so the layout has been very cheap to build. I had to buy one sheet of foamboard @ £3.00!!!!!!'

Now for a couple of questions that have been asked many time before but .....

1. Roof tiles ...What size should each tile be and best method to make them.
2. Bricks..... Do I use the printables or try and find suitable board that can be scribed( I have looked around my local craft shops but nothing suitable.) Does anyone have a link to download a brick/stone template?
3. Grass... I know a lot of people have had success using hanging basket liner but is there anything better.
4. Animals ..... Looking for hens, chickens , ducks etc in the correct scale

Photos will follow once I dig out my old laptop again as I use a tablet these days.

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Postby Artizen » Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:57 am

Here are some ideas - you don't have to use any of the links of course, but the results are worth it!

1. Roof tiles - http://www.redutex.com/murosfm1.php
2. Bricks - http://paperbrick.co.uk/index.php?action=selectbrick
(Or make your own with casting plaster, cement oxides and a simple resin mould.)
3. Grass - http://www.finescalerr.com/smf/index.php?topic=1999.0
4. Animals - in the correct scale appear hard to find unless made by a reputable brand like Preiser. Too many are simply close enough (but not good enough). I recently purchased a (supposedly) 1:24 cat from a UK farm toy animal site and the scale has to be closer to 1:10 than 1:24. Talk about huge!

Hope these links help.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Jun 09, 2013 3:12 pm

Moved thread here John as you said it was GNine.
Worth searching Modelling Matters for your ?s.
E.G. Search Bricks loads of results - goto oldest on Page 3 where you'll find many helpful threads.
So little time, so many ideas!!!!! GerryB.
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Postby johna » Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:41 pm

Gerry Bullock wrote:Moved thread here John as you said it was GNine.
Worth searching Modelling Matters for your ?s.
E.G. Search Bricks loads of results - goto oldest on Page 3 where you'll find many helpful threads.


Thanks Ian and Gerry for the tips. Just had a quick look at the bricks? Some good ideas there. I suppose the easiest will be to print some out.

John

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:48 pm

Hi John,
IMHO Printed bricks look OK in the smaller scales, however carving bricks into DAS (or similar) isn't too difficult and the effect at 1/24 is far superior. :wink:
I do have a set of walls (ex USA) that are cast in plaster 7mm scale - master beautifully carved incorporating damaged bricks as well - PASS :!:
So little time, so many ideas!!!!! GerryB.

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Postby johna » Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:40 pm

I am sure scribed bricks in Das or depron foam sheet is the way for me to go but as I want to finish this layout with the minimum of expense I will be using the free printable from the net.

John

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Postby demaine22 » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:48 am

Hi John, sorry this post failed when I tried several times over the weekend...darn phone!

When I started out in G, I wanted to carve stone in pizza bases like Simon Andrews, so to get an idea of the scale, I printed a sheet of brick and a sheet of stone off and took 'rough' measurements from those to give me an idea of the general size to work with. Pretty theraputic it was too scribing out my little shed :) Even want to make another one!

The tiles were watercolour paper cut into strips with 1mm gaps between tiles and about 3mm at the top to layer the other tiles over, the idea is explained in more detail in this excellently useful thread: http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t=944

Hanging basket liner has produced some disastrous results for me, but then I could have been doing it wrong, instead I used static grass fibres from a puffer bottle:
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All that cost something in the region of £15 to set myself up, and I have enough left over to do an entire 'proper; sized layout...it's worth looking at http://www.internationalmodels.net/ for other scenic bits...just don't get carried away ;)

Animals...Gerry has answered your question really, unless you're a skilled modeller with milliput 8)
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Postby Simon Andrews » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:09 am

Glad you have made a start John. I will that the measurements etc that you sked for this week and PM you.

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