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This rambling blog is about building a simple layout in HO, the available space is rather small but the prototype was not built on the grand scale, most rural stations were merely a curved loop and a siding, which is easy to replicate.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Lineside industry

A rail connected kalkwerke is a useful excuse for rail traffic, there are several along the line through Velden, just north-east of Nurnberg and this is Rupprechtstegen.

Better known as Vollmer 5725

 And this was the loader at Ludwigsstadt, Oberfranken

But this was Stromberg, Hunsrück.



Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Grafenwalde - YouTube

A previous version of Grafenwalde, although this layout no longer exists many of the buildings and details have been recycled on Pottendorf.

Grafenwalde appeared at Intermodellbau Dortmund, the NEC Birmingham, Easter show York, RAMMA Sedan and Rail Leiden. The builder was awarded the 'Most Realistic Layout' at the East Midlands show in Nottingham.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Small goods shed - 1

The kit originated over forty years ago with Pola, it was kept in the Faller starter range as 190698 Gueterschuppen and is based on the shed at Krimml, Osterreich.

It has been used it in one form or another on previous layouts, now another is being built but it will incorporate a few changes. In both versions, the side extension has been cut off and the extension door will be reduced in height.

The building is made by gluing one corner at a time and it really needs to be held whilst the glue sets.

The blue line helps to keep the walls square to each other and the glue bottle stops the structure from warping. 

Both sheds were finished with DecoArt craft and Humbrol #78 cockpit green acrylics, finally dusted with a mix of white/black poster paint powder.

The advertising posters can be found elsewhere on this blog, just click Posters