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Exhibition Layout

Building an exhibition  model railway from start to finish. From baseboards, track planning and laying to the electrics, model making and scenery creation.

Adding animals, update 10

oo scale dog
As a break from building construction for the layout, I painted a few more animals that will be live around the railway. [...]

Modelling a smithy, exhibition layout update 9

Photo of OO gauge blacksmiths
With the goods shed almost complete, I've moved onto to the smithy. [...]

Finishing touches

scale model pigeon
I've recently finished another building for my exhibition layout. Well, it'll do for now. [...]

Layout wiring, update 8

Model railway layout wiring
For a change I decided not to break anything on my exhibition layout. [...]

I didn’t mean to do that

spilt fluid
How working on the model river lead to flooding one of my points with masking fluid! [...]

making a river, exhibition layout update 7

Starting on the scenery. [...]

A moving waterwheel, update 6

MILL HOUSE
My exhibition layout will feature a mill with turning waterwheel. This article explains the simple electrics behind this. [...]

How to create convincing corners with Plasticard

how to make plasticard corners
Plasticard, aka Styrene sheet, is a great material for making buildings but just gluing sheets together can leave you with ugly corners. This article looks at [...]

Building an OO scale mill house, update 5

wills kits ct22 kit
Building a mill house. [...]

Revision, exhibition layout update 4

With the baseboard construction and track laid down, I've had a chance to plan some of the detail of the layout and typically this highlighted a problem. [...]

Track laying – exhibition layout update 3

laying model railway track
Now for the fun part. [...]

Backscene Selection

Tamar valley
For me, the backscenes of layouts are critical. [...]

Track planning on modular base boards, update 2

Track plan
My exhibition layout has been designed with a track plan finalised but track plans for modular baseboards are slightly different to normal layouts. [...]

Making my first exhibition layout, part 1

modular baseboard
It was just another email. [...]
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