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(or how you too can have a lightweight storable layout and enjoy Model Railways!)

Melton Model Railway Club members, Aaron, Rob, Trevor, John and Adam, started a HO scale layout on Saturday June 19, 2010 using two pieces of foam 4 x 3 ft size to make a 6 x 4. The boards were previously painted over about 30 minutes literally “mopping up” sample pots of paint which were in earthy tones and unbelieveably “stretched” as we were running out of paint very quickly. This base colouring will be replaced by a more even earth tone.

On the night of June 22nd 2010, Aaron, Rob and Trevor started about 7:15 or so and this is a record as such of our activities and apporximate times … there will be more to come!

7:20pm - We laid our boards on a single table with no other means of support. In hindsight, this was a mistake and we COULD have put two tables underneath the layout.

Central to this layout style is the use of sectional track for the bridging pieces. This is so that there is a set length between gaps and should a bridging piece be lost, it can be easliy replaced. We had a number of offcuts of flex track and a few older points, which we used in the construction of this layout.

7:30pm - We put together our sectional track curves, 1 oval each of Radius 2 and 3 Hornby sectional track, into 4 half circles, 2 of each radius. We then located these at the ends and placed points and track bits approximately where we thought they would best go.

7:45pm - The track is approximately in place. It does not quite fit and there will be some alignment needed. The chip from the edge of the foam could have been filled in and we will either experiment with some below track level scenery such as a lake edge or make it the control area for wiring etc.

A little time was spent getting the track in position here and envisaging what it would look like...

8:00pm - Notice the “slewing” of the track. A slight curve was placed in with the flex track to give it a more flowing rather than a geometric appearance.

The Glue gun is heating up and at the ready to fasten the track to the foam. You could use long pins to hold the track temporarily to the foam while you are using the hot melt glue...

8:15pm - … but as we did not have such pins, it was down to holding down with hands ( not directly on the glue) or using Coke Cans. Here you see Rob and Aaron ready to attack and “tack” the track wth the glue gun.

This will double check the alignment as we go along and because the glue is relatively easily picked off, we can ( and did actually have to) have another go if the alignment is not quite right!