For enthusiasts who have no space

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by kettlestack, Apr 4, 2004.

  1. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

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    I haven't said much in posts but I've long admired Shamus's On30 modelling together with those others who scratch build just about everything. There's a charm about backwoods industries which use narrowgauge rails in their operations.

    Well, here's a treat to get the braincells of those of us who think we don't have space for any sort of railroad. The following links will take you to a site which has about 24 'micro' layouts ranging in size from a circular biscuit tin in diameter to shelf layouts 9" x 4'.

    There are also a lot of sketches of proposed 'micro' layouts and all-in-all is well worth spending time to feed your imaginations leading to you getting out of the chair and start building.

    Inglenook layout 1’ x 6’ (for screw squirrel's benefit :eek: :D :-
    http://carendt.com/scrapbook/page4/index.html

    Index to the photos of 24 sets of micro layouts :-
    http://carendt.com/scrapbook/linkindex/index.html

    Most are so small I think I'll take up making dioramas based on some of the designs. (I'm in the doldrums about my existing N layout).

    I sure hope you they inspire you.
    Errol
  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Hello Errol,, how are you doing matey,, ??
    Glad you posted the links, just the sort of modeling to inspire us:D I love "shelf" layouts.:thumb:
  3. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Good links Errol, but what, no civil war stuff? FRED;)
  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

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    Errol good to hear from you! How IS the n-scale layout coming along? :)
  5. shamus

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    Hi Errol,
    Thats a great collection of small dioramas, I simply love um all.

    By the way, are you going to enter the diorama comp which starts in May.?

    Cheers
    Shamus
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    Thanks for the great links Errol!!!! I love looking at pictures of layouts and dioramas and that second site has tons of them.

    As for inspiration, have you thought about a small 2x4 NTRAK module?? (Hey, where's the smiley for evil grin?)

    :D Val
  7. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    Thanks Errol, I plan to use one or two of the switching layouts into my M.A.T. 'cause they will be fun to switch local industries
  8. kettlestack

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    My first thought when I saw those 'micro' layouts was of a G-gauge oval (scenicked) in Caboose Hobbies in Denver with a pair of gandydancers on a hand cart trundling round! Quite charming.

    Tyson, I haven't done anytything on my N layout in the last four months. :cry:

    Shamus, I'm going to make an effort to enter something in the May 'Diorama' contest. Big question ... what of? :) :D

    Val, I already have a 2ft x 5ft 6inch N layout. It needs about one square foot of scenery to be made then.... detailing the whole layout! The prospect is deterring me from starting. :eek:

    Robin, I built the original 'Timesaver' switching layout years ago, it has given me hours of fun. I'd recommend it to all.

    In general, I always considered small is beautiful so I'll probably go for an HOn3 'Timesaver' slightly modified to take scenery.
    Gosh, if only vanilla were the choice! :confused: :confused:

    Good luck to those 'who have no space' :)
    Errol