PAGE 116 – July 2014
Finally a new Scrapbook Update after almost a year. The development of the new website took a lot of time, so I postponed new Scrapbook updates. I did keep all the submissions I got though. If I get enough layout submissions, I will continue publishing at least once a month. There are so many great projects around, so I think that won’t be a problem at all!
I hope you will enjoy this new update. If you want to submit your layout, please use the submit form! 🙂
Have Fun and Be Inspired!!
Rob Strachans Micro Layout from Hampshire, UK
“Inspired by many of the layouts of this website, it is 4ft x 1ft and completely self contained. This is also my first attempt at American HO. It follows the Santa Fe in the mid ‘90’s and is a small service and refuelling yard. Operation is by pulling a card at random with the loco number, and then another card at random with it’s action and wagons (if required). For example: Card 1: Locomotive X. Card 2: Refuel. I have to say I am now a NA railroad and micro convert!”
East Dunnet/Rosie Cider Farm by Andrew L. Smith
“The layout has been completely rebuilt since you last showed an update on it in February. The old layout was not up to my usual standard of building a solid baseboard as a good foundation for a layout. In its old guise the last exhibition for it was in April. I had until August to rebuild it as I wanted to use as many of the buildings as I could. The new size would be about 2mts X 1mts. This allowed me to have a nice run-around layout and also an extra addition of a small scene on the right hand side (from the public side) of the layout. All these pictures are from its first show in this format. I have also just decided to call it East Dunnet. So from the left, we have the small village of East Dunnet over the drainage river we have the Rosie Cider Farm and then on the right hand end we now have Dunnet Wood Yard. The run-around to the back of the layout is between the Cider Farm and the Wood Yard.”
Pott Row by Martyn Mullender
This layout has been featured before, and Martyn sent me an update on the layout last year. The scenic area is just under four feet by one and has a fiddle yard attached. There is also a developing MPD scene including a working turntable. This is no sleepy backwater so expresses do arrive although represented by just a loco and two coaches.
“The layout is currently being built as two separate scenes with fiddle yard at each end. The layout lives in my garage which does have a car put in it each night so the left hand fiddle yard has to be removed and stored. Each section is removable although it was never intended for exhibition. All buildings are lit and the layout features SMP track as well as DCC control. I enclose a couple of recent shots of the most developed board giving you some idea of the context of the layout.”
More information about this great layout can be found on his own thread on rmweb.co.uk.
The Gynthrolith Mine by Günther Kiltz
A mining layout in 09 (scale ratio 1:45), with excellent details!
“Some time ago I grabbed together some bits and pieces and built a little freelance industrial Diesel and a tipper. Of course they needed a playground. For I did not want to run simply back and forth or around in a circle I created a tiny mining layout with the opportunity of really transporting something.
The whole thing consists of a little mountain with a bunker at the top from where the ore is loaded into the train. It is assumed that the mine is inside the hill, the bunker is all you can see. The track then runs down three quarters around and over a tournout with change of direction to the upper side of a wall where the load is tipped into a truck below. Now the procedure can start again. That’s the whole action. I confess, not very thrilling but it’s simply fun.
The layout has a diameter of about 60 cm (24 in), a height of about 40 cm (15 in) and was built nearly complete from Styrofoam. For fine modelling I used cardboard from empty egg boxes diluted in water and mixed with white glue. That produces a rigid but light surface. The rocks are cork, the vegetation is the usual stuff of grass fibres and foliage materials from the model shop. Trees are selfmade from wire and foliage.
Track is handlayed with rails from old N gauge flexitrack. The bunker has a core of plasticard covered with wooden strips. All operations (opening the shutter of the bunker, switching the tournout, unloading the tipper) are carried out by hand via mechanical linkage. The handles which move bunker shutter and tournout are disguised as logs, the one for unloading as a little rock.
The mined mineral is called Gynthrolith, a fantasy name. In fact it is industrial hemp seed which I found very suitable for the purpose.”