For my last post of 2018, a few final comments on layout design.
As a member of ESNG, a modular club, where do parts 1-3 of the series leave me? It sounds very much as if I have abandoned the modular concepts!
But that’s not entirely fair. Despite my realisation that I do rather like small layouts, our club nights do offer a chance to:
- run my longer trains, and test stock, that I can’t do at home. (At least, when I can find a spare track); and
- just sit and enjoy watching the trains go by.
And I have very much enjoyed making my N-Club scenic modules – perhaps just because they have been simple and without points or electrics to go seriously wrong.
So I remain committed to modular layouts. I don’t see that I will be making any 4′ x 2′ complete layouts as a module – this doesn’t thrill me – but that’s not a criticism of the concept if you are building one at the moment. But I hope to continue to make simple modules for exhibition use.
Always assuming that I find the time along with all the other projects that are ‘in hand’ at home! I spend a happy few hours this week repainting a coach Lehigh Valley red. But then found out that the carefully selected Halfords rattle can is just too deep a red. So back to square one, and possibly a written off coach. But it’s been FUN.
[PS, a little later. Please to say that Halfords’ red and plastic primer totally removed in 15 minutes by Superstrip liquid. Coach rescued!]
And that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?