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Today, in between general weekend jobs, and painting the girls bedroom ! I have been putting the backs on the layouts, I have been contemplating these for the last week.

What height?

What to do at the ends?

What to do with the bit that hides the sector plate?

 

In the end I decided to just go for it and stop thinking about it !

 

The other thing that had stopped me doing the job, was having a period of time that was daylight and dry as the two halves needed to be together to make sure the backs lined up.

 

So here they are, prior to putting the false back in front of the sector plate.

 

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Note that there are holes in both the ends that are train sized ! There are 2 reasons for this.

 

1) I realized putting a end panel on seriously reduced photo potential !

2) You just never know when you want to add another section :)

 

Back indoors the above photo potentials !

 

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I had gone over and over what to do at the end of the line on the scenic board, adding buffers would use important line length, so I have gone for a factory with large doors that will generally be closed but can be open to take photos through.

 

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At the other end a couple of things came up !

 

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There is another exit on the rear track, this wont be seen as the front track is having an engine shed. The other noticeable thing is highlighted by the red circle. I have shortened the sector plate by about 4 inches and the circle shows the two extra 4" track sections. After some trials I didn't need such a long sector plate. The clearance in front of the dividing back scene would have also been tight, if it had been longer to hide the original length plate. It also gives a bit more track to be in view if you look into the fiddle area.

 

John

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so I have gone for a factory with large doors that will generally be closed but can be open to take photos through.

That is an excellent solution as it will also add some visual depth to the viewing side. The other option would be some sort of bridge, but I don't see that working in this scale - the viewer will just expect to see into the tunnel/bridge.

This way you could even have a door nearest the viewer partially open/ajar adding even more depth but without letting the viewer "see" through the side panel.

 

What height did you settle on in the end? it does look a bit on the low side - but then if it was too big it would make the whole layout look out of proportion - I understand the dilemma.

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In the end I have gone for 11" Mainly because I had some 24" plywood that I cut in half by the time I had fixed to to the baseboards I ended up with 11" above. I am also limited to height for storage space. I do like heigh backs but as you pointed out it could have very easily looked out of proportion to the length.

 

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This is excellent, this and your outdoor project, has really sparked my imagination. Have already got the ok from the wife, for a outside layout. Now to decide weather in will be one like yours or go OO gauge. Proper O or G scale is a bit out of my price range . Many thanks for sharing this.

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Now to decide weather in will be one like yours or go OO gauge. Proper O or G scale is a bit out of my price range . Many thanks for sharing this.

 

My first layout on returning to the hobby about 4 years ago was On30 in the garden, then in 2007 I converted to OO and ran them in the garden for a while before moving into the shed. It is do-able in smaller scales.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMeSKt0EFKo

 

Its the cost of proper G that led me to playmobil

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