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 Posted: Sat Apr 14th, 2012 09:19 am
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Hello all. I am a headteacher at a secondary school in Canterbury, Kent and "played" trains as a child and although I haven't been involved much since, I never lost the love of  modelling. Time to pick it up again now that children have grown and I have some free space in the loft. Have decided on building a semi fictitious run from a small market town to the coast - loosely based on faversham to Margate. Set in the late fifties to early sixties so I can run both steam and early diesel. My father was a blacksmith, working at the coachworks at Ashford but he left when diesel started to arrive and the coachworks started to decline and he has a thousand stories to tell about those days which I may try to capture in some way!

I have a number of ideas in my head about how I may approach the project, but I want to get a good balance between layout operation and scenics as it is the modelling side of thing which attracts my more creative side (although that doesn't mean I have any talent for it - yet!)

Looking forward to sharing things with you all.

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 Posted: Sat Apr 14th, 2012 09:27 am
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A warm welcome from Mackay Michael.

You will find plenty of help on here.

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Welcome, Michael, were you by any chance a Boy-Scout?

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No, never a boy scout - it is a family nickname! My nephew had trouble with Michael and it came out "woggle" and it sort of stuck!!

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 Posted: Sat Apr 14th, 2012 05:58 pm
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Hello Michael and welcome to the forum!

You are not alone when it comes to having a liking to the modeling side of this hobby. Scratch building to me is what it's all about. The running side of the layout is fun, but I really get into building a model.

I joke around saying it will take me 20 years to finish the layout. It actually make take that long though.

When I came to this forum, I knew nothing about modeling or even trains for that matter, but this forum has been a hugh, not only help, but inspiration for me.

What type of modeling do you think you will pursue and what gauge are you into?

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hi New here myself just starting to enjoy modelling again after 30 year break



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You are very welcome Jim and I'm sure we are all interested in your modelling progress. I bet you can see a great many changes after a 30 year break.



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Hello Michael. I'm a southerner and teacher but not quite as you are!! I came from the south of England (even went to school in Kent at one time, a little further west than you) but I now live in Melbourne (it doesn't get much more south than that!) and I'm not teaching at the moment, doing IT support in Camberwell High School here in the Melbourne suburb of Canterbury, which should *sort of* make you feel more at home.

 :mutley

The next suburb over from school, on the opposite side from Camberwell, is Chatham.

Welcome.  :cool:



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Many thanks for all the welcomes - really appreciated.

SRMan - Canterbury, Camberwell, Chatham? Sounds like a home from home! Although I imagine your Chatham is a little different!

Wayne - I am still in two minds about gauge. I like OO as I think I will enjoy the modelling more, but N would give me more scope. I just think it will be too small and fiddly. What gauge do you model in?

I have decided on the run from Canterbury to Margate - set in era 4/5 so I get to use a good number of different types of train and Margate was in its heyday. This way I will get to do some country and coastal scenes and may even get to model the famous "Dreamland" fun park with the oldest wooden rollercoaster in Europe!

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Michael

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Michael,
I too had the same thoughts you are going through. I wish I could tell you I had the ultimate solution, but alas, that's not to be.

I decided on HO. Am I happy with it, YES! Do I think about N, YES. Do I ever wish I had gone N, Sometimes.

I will say this, which is probably obvious, HO or OO will give you much more ability to provide detail than N will. So if detail is what you like, I would stick with OO.

N gauge does give you more modeling within your layout. As I have gotten a bit older since I started modeling, I am more times than not, happy with my decision to go with HO. Eye sight, fingers not doing what I want them to do, that kind of thing, seems to get in the way even in HO gauge.

One thing you could think about. If your layout is fairly large, Model in OO gauge in the front, then as you go deeper into the layout reduce your gauge say from, 1/87 to 1/100 then even deeper to 1/120 and so on. You can pick whatever scales you think your layout could handle. It would give a great sense of depth to your layout, plus as you go smaller you can get in more modeling in any given area.

Tough decision, I wish you well in making it.

Wayne



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Many thanks for the advice Wayne. As I believe it is all in the detail, I will stick with OO - especially as eyes and fingers are not what they were, and I dont see them getting any better with age!!  Will have to trim down my ideas somwhat, but I think it will be worth it in the long run.

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Michael

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Hi Michael and a warm welcome from Sweden...:thumbs:thumbs:thumbs



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Hi Michael.
From the scenic modelling point of view I would definitely suggest 00 upwards.
Details in 'N' are possible to accomplish but impossible for the viewer to appreciate.
(Just think of signs and notices for example).
Good luck - I understand the interest in scenic work. The railway can bring it to life.



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I think N is better for looking at the overall picture, with the impression of trains running through the scenery at a great distance away.

OO is improving all the time (as is N) but I think it represents the best value for money scale. Locos and stock are often cheaper than the N scale equivalents.

O is coming into its own again with newer ready to run models to a high quality but, even with the excellent value of the likes of Heljan, it is still expensive overall. There is a much enhanced sense of the weight and mass of the trains in this scale but you need a lot of room to achieve a model of anything other than a light branch line.

That's my twopence-worth!  :cool:



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Thanks for the advice - OO it is then. Now to the track plan!

Michael

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Hello Woggle and all YMR members - I'm newly returned to the hobby too after many years. Right now I'm digging out items which have been stored away for a long, long time and I'm also finding out about advances in electronics - DCC particularly lights my fire but I don't have much of a clue about it yet, and can my old locos be fitted, etc?
I've made a start by building some Airfix kits which have been unearthed (almost literally) and I'm becoming a regular at Buffers near Axminster - great shop, great service.
So, if I do come back with some fairly naive questions I hope you'll be patient and help me out!
Best regards to all,
Roy

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