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QUOTE (NIK B @ 21 Nov 2013, 12:31) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>As per the title, I've been snooping around here for a couple of years now, & finally plucked up the courage to make my first post. I have managed to build my first permanent track using Scaley Sport Track. It resides in our conservatory which measures 17' x 10' & pretty much fills it. I have to say that most of it would not have been possible without all the helpful info harvested from the craftsmen & women that frequent the forum, & whose ideas I have shamelessly "copied". The layout is mostly sceniced, although it's not finished yet (If a track is ever finished?) I'll try & post a couple of pictures to give an idea of what I'm trying to create as & when I can work out how to.

The main reason for posting is to convey my gratitude for the inspiration you guys have given me.

Thank you all !

Nik B

I was honest it about MJE.


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Some of the images that are now sadly missing, were dimensional 2D line drawings, that gave all the sizes he had used. I altered the 1st floor sizes so mine wasn't quite as high. I didn't want any one structure to dominate the scene, so there was more emphasis on the track itself. All of my structures are slightly under scale, the idea being to make the track look marginally bigger than it actually is. Be careful with that though, as you can end up with subjects that appear dis-proportionately small.

Enjoy the project MJE, it's a cool subject.

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Yep, that's the beauty of scratch building, it's done with one purpose in mind...............what suits you! All our individual tracks are different, with individual requirements and restrictions. It's up to you, the "modeller" to decide whether or not the mass marketed products suit your needs. If it doesn't, then there's no other option than to build your own.

Hats off to everybody here, who, not only build their desired buildings, and everything else they want to see, but openly share that information for all to take advantage of, if they so desire. That's what makes this forum what it is.

I've spent a long time time typing, deleting & re-typing this post, it started as a proper rant, so I've had to tone it down. I realise that the mass manufacturers can only cater for a small minority, whilst the specialist manufacturers demand a hefty price tag for giving people the option of something more bespoke, albeit still something that doesn't fit the bill entirely.

The long & the short of it for me is, if you can't buy, or can't afford to buy, what you really want, build it. It's really not that difficult. All the info is here somewhere, & if you can't find it, just ask. There's always somebody who's more than happy to help.

Mini rant over
I'm going for a lie down now!

NIK B.
 
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