ON BUILDINGS & STRUCTURES.
Spent some good hours last night re-reading John H. Ahern's fabulous and very informative 1950s Book - 'Miniature Building Construction'. At this stage of pre-planning for my OO Hornby Layout I have thought of four choices when it comes to obtaining the Buildings that I will eventually need.
Firstly, I could Scratch Model everything from raw materials such as cardboard and timber etc and save myself a good deal of funds and provide myself with hours upon hours of great activity.
Secondly, I could choose to obtain the excellent Card Model Kits by 'SUPERQUICK' and/or 'METCALF'....decisions, decisions - these kits go together well and are indeed very affordable.
Thirdly, I could pay a handsome sum for Ready-Made HORNBY Buildings - such as those belonging to the 'Skaledale' Range....nothing wrong with this- however these types of models do come at rather high prices.
Fourthly, I could choose a combination of Scratch Built, Card Model Kits and Ready Made.
In the past I have done a fair bit of Scratch Modelled Buildings - and re-reading John H. Ahern's book has indeed inspired me that I should give the time honored methods a go and see what I can come up with in the way of usable Buildings for my Layout.
ABOUT TRACK ARRANGEMENT PLANNING.
Last night I managed to spend some pleasurable and entertaining hours going through my old copies of RAILWAY MODELLER- which I might add: I treat like GOLD!
An article in the July 1967 edition by Dave Howsam- all about his Exhibition layout - PORTHLEVEN certainly stuck a chord with me about how to successfully go about building a 'Branch' type layout. A most impressive GWR model - which was chosen as Railway Modeller 'Railway of the month'. Porthleven is certainly worth referring too as I go about planning my own layout.
I also purchased a Wiring Booklet - which will help me with the Basics for the layout.
At this stage ( three days into my Project) ...I am thinking about a Layout which will be ANALOG ... all PECO Code 100 Setrack, with all PECO Insulfog Points and some Sectional gaps.....a little undecided on building either a Branch Line or a Through Station as the main theme of the layout. Though I'd certainly like to include a Continuous Run. I should spend a good deal of time planning out the Layout entirely - several times - with several alternatives to help finalize a Design.