For those puzzled by the sudden turn of events, it turns out that 1:45 was not the answer, it may work for some folk but my perception of a model railway is a landscape with a railway within. There simply was not enough space to allow a workable scenery to track ratio, instead, spare time has been devoted to the creation of a small cameo layout - Lübars, based upon a line to a village on the outskirts of Berlin during the 1910's.
The tiny cameo layout featured below can be built within a year and will provide a great deal of personal satisfaction for those baby-boomers who grew up with plastic kits and still want to do something with their hands and mind.
The inspiration for the trackplan is similar version of a layout that I built in 2006 - Grafenwalde.
Peco code 75 and integrated DCC loco with turnout control are at the core of the layout, whilst the familiar Kibri kits will be making a welcome re-appearance. Just a couple of small locos are needed for motive power with no more than a handful of small wagons and a few coaches.
Hopefully everything will fit in a compact hatchback, especially as the boards are only 1200mm long, making them easier and lighter to handle. The backscenes will form a protective 'box' for the scenic boards whilst separate cool LED-strip lighting will be independent illumination.
A tad more has been achieved - the track and electrickery is in place.
Not at all complicated, a nice easy shelf layout purely built for shows. However the larger layout has not been forgotten, work will restart as soon as the little 'un has been completed.
Some stock for the larger layout has been acquired whilst they are still available, Europe also suffers from limited runs and the need to grab it while you can. These two beauties will be part of my Koeln-Muenchen sleeper.
Now for some questions; anyone know of an easy way to create painted signs on walls?
Not advertising, just the name of the station on a white background.