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Looking at making a small inglenook type layout to go in my lounge thinking of using a reptile vivarium has anyone done this or tried as looking in to the viability in using one?

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Hi Stuart have you asked the Dragon?

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I can't see why you can't do it. As long as you can still get inside for cleaning of rails and for rerailing stock it should be ok.

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Maybe make the layout on a removable base to make it easier to work on... Or is that stating the bleedin' obvious!

I can just imagine trying to scenic around the edges is going to be a right pain if the glass is in the way.

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Was thinking of this sort of one with sliding glass

http://www.reptiles.swelluk.com/reptile-supplies/vivariums-416/compact-vivariums--1310/vivexotic-repti-home-maxi-vivarium-xl-beech-414239.html?gclid=CN3p9OXe_sYCFdTLtAod3_gCIA

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Why not build your own case out of clear perspex ?  You can have any size or design you like and, as it glues easily with the proper glue, you don't need any corner framing.

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Ah, still could be tricky working inside the restricted space, especially around the edges, I did something similar with a module but had access from above and all of the front.
I made the module out of 3mm or 5mm MDF, I can't remember which, probably 5mm. Cheap as chips, light weight and surprisingly strong.

It ended up like this....



Just a thought.
I've got more photos of construction if they are of any help.

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Thanks for the suggestions I've got to have something that matches the rest of the furniture or I'm not allowed a railway in the lounge as you can get matching stands with cupboard to go under to hide tools and mags and stuff in to keep her happy

Plus with all in closed in was thinking the dust would be kept at bay and tiny hand at bay and cats lol

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:mutley :thumbs Best of luck with the negotiations. I'm sure you'll work it out. Where there is a will there is a way.


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Have you thought about putting the Boss in the tank then you can use the whole room for the layout ...............:roll::roll::roll:

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Don't think she will fit as we are expecting very soon so that's a no go'er lol

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Petermac you are a bad man :mutley

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Hmmmm re Petermac's suggestion...you can get some quite BIG aquariums you know ...wife , kids , cat. Probably even soundproof  it

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What is the smallest area a inglenook in 00 gauge needs to work for stunting puzzles?
Would be handy to know to what size of area as to what size of vivarium to get
And if I can get any bigger would be a bonus as more track can be fitted

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Hi Stuart

Not sure if anyone has already mentioned this site, lots of ideas.

http://www.carendt.com/micro-layout-design-gallery/



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A vivarium approach would be restrictive in my opinion. Marty's one is good in that the front and top are still open.
I like that having it enclosed will mean it will not accumulate dust/fluff so quickly! Like keeping hi-fi, books, DVDs etc in a cabinet with glass doors rather than an open shelf unit. So, I think there is for and against with the idea.

Even with my hoisted layout it'll have panels around that can be removed so it does not seem so enclosed when using it, at least on the front edge the side will be removeable.

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Bought myself a little something for my lounge railway in n gauge and getting a custom made vivarium that 4 foot by 18 inch by 2 foot tall with glass sliding front that's lift out and will have a cut in Glass panel on top for veiwing

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Ah ha, you've gone N gauge for the Lounge layout Stuart, that'll make a difference :thumbs


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Nice loco, you'll have a lot of fun with that I reckon.
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Ed wrote: Ah ha, you've gone N gauge for the Lounge layout Stuart, that'll make a difference :thumbs


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Yeah was trying for 00 but it would have been limited from an interest side of things as would not had much track for shunting about plus I've got (negotiated) for an extra foot of length with the vivarium so n gauge would make most of the extra space

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Marty wrote: Nice loco, you'll have a lot of fun with that I reckon.
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Itching to use it haha 
Wanted a little 08 but they are not dcc ready and my skills are not honed in just yet so didn't want to attempt it just yet in retro fitting a chip to oneThe class 25 I've got is weathered out of the box and looks great 
Will be pestering you about n gauge stuff now lol

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Been using some plaster repair stuff today and was thinking it looks a lot like concrete when set Sorry for poor pics hard to get close ups with phone






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Looks good to me... won't even have to paint it from those pictures if the concrete look is what you are after!
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Must agree, the finished result looks great,:thumbs.

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Hmm, difficult to see without any reference to scale tbh, but it may well serve, but will need weathering. Concrete simply doesn't stay pristine for very long and will also have plenty of formwork (mould) lines, in accordance with the construction sequence (may not matter so much in 'N') and some subtle colour variation between batches. I've often mixed talcum powder with paint to replicate concrete in OO gauge.

It's also good to see that you're forging ahead now Stuart and the move to N gauge will certainly give you the extra space you need, as well as some modelling challenges.

Good luck with your plans and keep us posted.

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Well order has been placed for a custom vivarium with additional glass panel in the top for viewing as well as the front sliding pair
Hopefully it will be here in 3 weeks but could take 6


                 

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