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 Posted: Sun Jul 15th, 2018 09:05 am
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The scratch building group that I started at our club was given a challenge to use their new found skills to build a modular layout to be exhibited at railway shows. In order to make the start a little easier I designed a module and built one to show the group using lightweight aluminium tubing. The concept was simple each module is owned by the member who builds it and would be a standard 1200 x 450mm size so that it can be easily carried in a small vehicle. The other criteria was:
* The layout would be based on the Rocky Mountaineer in N scale and incorporate the scenery found on this line.
* Each member would find a photo of this line and build their module to replicate the scene.
* The track work would be simple and would follow the lines of T Track and other modular style layouts.
* We aim to provide both DC and DCC options.
* Every module incorporates a side profile that is the same o ensure that any module can join any other.
* We use polystyrene as a base to help keep the weight down and give opportunity for spectacular scenery.
* The group fund the end modules and the fiddleyard modules so they remain the property of the group.

To say everyone was keen would be an understatement as we progressed a little quicker than I expected. I ran a mini training course the following week to show the group how easy this would be using my concept module. The following week I arrived at the club with all the tools and the aluminium and within a very short time the guys had made their module frames.









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The next stage was to start developing the scenery on each of the modules. It was amazing when each member showed the scenery they had chosen, the excitement was electric as we started to put life into the modules. The base for the scenery was made using two sheets of expanded polystyrene glued to the frame using construction adhesive. The top layer had some basic shape cut into it where rivers etc would be using a hot wire. Each module then had the end panels fitted.



These photos will give a better idea of how this came together on each frame.



The photo above shows the jig on the left and right hand side that is used to get all the track in the same place.





The next stage was adding detail to the scenery using plaster bandage and my "special mix"

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Following along Robyn, I like the concept. Keep it coming.



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Over recent weeks the group has been involved in club matters, revamping the club layout in readiness for an exhibition and fundraising etc. and the modules had been neglected...or so I thought. The guys had all been working on their modules and keeping the momentum going at home. We had a meeting in order to regroup and get work back on track and this resulted in me making the two end modules so we could see if the concept design did actually work. I have to admit that I was a little concerned that this may not go together at all well when I arrived at the club with the two end units. There was a mad rush as everyone grabbed their module and within a few minutes we had clipped them all together and to my relief it worked. I will be at the club today to guide the next stage and will get some photos of the method used to hold everything together but here are some shots of the layout when we started to hook them together. These photos highlight the difference in each makers module and how using the end caps and building scenery from there how each module actually works with the one next to it. These were put together at random.








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Today was the ultimate test for the layout as we clipped all the modules together. We still have a bit of work to do to clean up some little issues but generally everything connects together quite well. This photo shows the channel used to clip the modules together. we have yet to drill the holes and fit the bolts.




This photo shows the back of the layout and the framing which is all aluminium. The back of the scenery will be hidden when the backscene and pelmets are fitted.




These shots highlight the end panels and the effectiveness of this concept to make the scenery flow from one module to the next.






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Hi Robyn,

Best modular approach I've seen in a long time - ends that match! That will come as an eye opener to many module groups. Especially the fremo folks. Are you specifying a scenery match as well?

What are you doing 're connectors?


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BCDR wrote: Hi Robyn,

Best modular approach I've seen in a long time - ends that match! That will comes as an eye opener to many module groups. Especially the fremo folks. Are you specifying a scenery match as well?

What are you doing 're connectors?

Hi Nigel, Now that we have fitted them all together we will start to blend the scenery aiming for a better colour match between them. I have seen many modular layouts that do not get the joins to match up and it is quite confusing to the eye. The idea seems to have worked so I am pretty happy with the results so far. I will go into the electrical part of the layout as we progress so I guess it is a "watch this space" situation.

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Hi Robyn,

I shadowed the transcontinental a few years ago from Banff up past Lake Louise to the spirals, great subject for a modular group. No photos though, every good vantage point I found seemed to be a black bearcub and mother playground.

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