Monthly Archives: November 2013

Layout design – different voices – the missing conversation

I have recently discovered a series of digital (PDF) books that have provided new inspiration in modelling.  Mike Cougill models in P:48 (American O gauge 1:48, but with prototype gauge and standards).  He writes on the O Scale Trains magazine … Continue reading

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ESNG meeting – 28 November 2013

We unloaded the fiddle yard and corners and other bits and pieces from the van on Monday night, Duncan having returned from Stuttgart.  Wednesday night we got it all out again to put up a (small) N-club circuit. We were … Continue reading

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“Looks like the junior/senior members have been operating again….”

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Hints & tips – Use templates for drawing turnouts

Most overly optimistic track plan sketches result from underestimating the length and overestimating the angles of turnouts. Templates preclude cheating and subsequent disappointment. They can be homemade or commercial. CAD software ensures precision and produces high-quality printouts. There are several … Continue reading

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Pigeons, Sir??

3-D printing is quite the up and coming thing at the moment – although smooth surfaces are still a bit of a problem.  But you can buy some potentially useless items for your layout.  How about N-gauge pigeons?  They come … Continue reading

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Back from Stuttgart….

I went for two of the four days. The show finishes Sunday afternoon. Impressions below, and photos to follow….. The show was up to the usual standard.  The N-gauge modular layout had its usual mix of very good, and perhaps … Continue reading

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Hey ho, hey ho, it’s off to Stuttgart we go

On a plane later to a very cold and possibly snowy Stuttgart. I haven’t got the technology to ‘live-blog’ it, so I’m signing off till Saturday!  Remember, no ESNG meeting tonight, but one on the 27 November. But here’s a … Continue reading

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