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.