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    John Oxlade's Bavarian layout - the 2nd year's events

    Author: John Oxlade, Salfords, Surrey, UK (EMail: )

    (this layout is now dismanlted)


    1996

    31st May
    The railwayís first birthday. One year ago today I started construction on the layout.

     

    1st June
    I surfaced the road and platform tops with some fine sand - looks quite good.

     

    2nd June
    What a transformation - I added some of the bushes and trees I made last weekend. The area around Pfarrhofen station now looks more natural and less open. Before (with just the grass) it looked a little too sparse, now itís starting to look quite realistic.
    I really need to take some more Ďas of todayí photographs.

     

    8th June
    Added loads more trees around Pfarrhofen station. Iíve just about used up all of the trees I had, and it still doesnít look over done - there are about 55-60 trees, and numerous smaller shrubs and bushes in a space 2 x 0.75m (about 7í x 28").
    Itís beginning to look pretty good now..!
    As soon as I get Pfarrhofen Ďfinishedí (not that itíll ever be finished), Iím going to concentrate on the village at Illerbergen and then work the scenery back to the bridge between Illerbergen and Pfarrhofen, which is more or less where it stops now. Unfortunately, Iím probably going to need several hundred trees to get the effect Iím looking for between these 2 towns.

     

    9th June
    Took some Ďas of todayí photographs - well overdue.
    An overall view of Pfarrhofen station.
    A Fleischmann GtL4/4 on a train of Roco and Trix Bavarian 4-wheel coaches ready to leave Pfarrhofen station.

    A Fleischmann GtL4/4 on the passenger train leaving Pfarrhofen station and heading off into the country.
    A Christian Fuchs DVII (doesn't show up too well) and some wagons in front of the BayWa goods shed.
    An 'arty-crafty' shot of a Fleischmann GtL4/4 at Pfarrhofen station.
    A Christian Fuchs DVII at Pfarrhofen station.

     

    July to December
    Iíve spent the last six months taking a breather from construction, and just enjoyed running the layout. I overdosed a little earlier on in the year anyway, so itís probably not a bad thing.

     

    30th December
    Spent the last few days constructing houses etc. "en masse" for the village. Iíll get the shells of the buildings ready for painting, then use them to plan out the town that will go in to the centre of the helix. This involves fitting all of the walls etc., but I leave the windows out until after painting. I usually leave the windows in the colour they were in the kit to avoid painting them - I donít want to make them any thicker than I have to, and they donít show too much if the rest of the building is painted.
    I built the church some time ago, and in the last three days Iíve completed eight houses, and started on a post office.
    Once I have constructed the hardboard formers for the contours of the town, with the roads and foundations for the buildings, I'll finish them all off. At least un-painted I can handle them as much as I like.

     

    1997

    12th January
    I got some sheets of hardboard out and started Ďplayingí with some ideas for the town plan for Illerbergen. Having marked out where everything should go, Iíve got a reasonable idea of how things will fit together.

    Sorry the image isn't completely sharp.

     

    19th January
    I cut out the roadways that I marked out last week, and a lot of hardboard for the formers for the profile of the village. Using a hot-glue-gun, I formed the framework for the village, and fitted individual platforms for each building. I prefer this method as it puts each building on a different level.

    [ last updated 31st Dec 2003 ]