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Saturday, 14 November 2015

New Layout!


Having pondered for long enough, a Forest of Dean inspired layout will be my next project. Time now will be devoted to research and book buying mostly. I find that aspect vital for capturing the right feel. This new book from Black Dwarf Lightmoor makes a great starting point http://lightmoor.co.uk/view_book.php?ref=L9983
The size of the scenic diorama type set up here is 6' 6" x 12" (2m x 30cm)

For the first time ever, I'm trying out some laser cut baseboard kits from  www.timhorn.co.uk


A scene that could pass for somewhere in the Forest of Dean in the mid-1960's. It's a scene from my 'Ironstone' project, I may well physically extract this cameo and incorporate it in to the new bigger project with a little brute force and recolouring! Quarrying was quite a feature of the Forest of Dean area.

As part of the process I'll make mock ups of possible scenarios using any old buildings kicking about in the parts/spares/reject bin to try to get an idea.

2 comments:

  1. Nice to see another inspirational layout build from you Chris.
    But, at 6ft long it's absolutely HUGE compared to your usual 00 micros.
    Still, looking forward to seeing progress.

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  2. Ooh, very interesting! I look forward to seeing more, as ever, Chris.
    Do you have any plans to hide those pelmet supports behind the backscene - it would be a shame to have them to spoil the illusion when you've finished the layout and suddenly make you realise it is indeed a model railway and not real life!

    I'm not familiar with the Forest of Dean railways, I'll have to do a quick "Google" to get an idea of what you might be going for.

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