My 'Zm' layout's progress.

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Billard
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My 'Zm' layout's progress.

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Here are a few pictures of my 'Zm' layout's progress so far, it is 2ft 6ins long and 1ft wide.
The idea is based on some of the French minor railways which provided many small outlying villages with vital transport to larger towns during the 1950s into the early 60s.
Around this time steam had almost given way to diesel traction and various quaint railcars, (Autorails), could be seen appearing on the scene, some of which can still be seen in preservation today.
The Autorails I have running on this layout are all excellent 3D printed products designed by Ivanf and available through his shop on Shapeways website.
The power chassis are all modified 'T' gauge units, which, with the Eishindo hand held controller perform very well.
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I hope to exhibit this layout at a later stage when complete.
If you have any comments or queries please get in touch.
Thanks for looking, Noel Dollimore.

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Looking good.
Where did you get the decidedly French looking road vehicles?
Mike
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Hi Mike.
Found a supplier of French road vehicles on ebay.
It's a Hungarian shop which does a very wide range of 'Z' and 'N' hand painted metal vehicles from many countries, below is the link to the shop.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271875230119? ... EBIDX%3AIT
Hope it's useful.
All the best, Noel.
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Thanks Noel, there is some good stuff there.
Mike
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Looks great to me Noel!!!

I had thought that blocking in the windows on the A80D was a compromise forced on me by shapeways validation being erratic but I think yours looks just as good if not better than the A150D.

Shall stop grousing now and see about resising some of my other Nm stuff downwards... :)

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Hi Ivan.
Thank you for your comments on the layout.
Glad you like the way the A80D has turned out, I painted the windows black then varnished them to give them some depth.
I'm really pleased that you are going to start rescaling your Nm models down to Zm, especially the buildings, as, now that I think I've got the 'T' gauge mechs modified to give a more reliable and controllable performance, I would like to build a larger scenic layout, and your buildings hold the key at present, being the only GOOD true French style ones available in this scale, and some more autorail bodies would be very welcome, giving me a challenge trying to motorise them :shock:
Hope you're not going to be too long getting them under way ;) I've nearly finished this layout !!!!
(And I'm not busy building buses at the moment). :lol:
Hoping to post a short video of the layout running very soon.
Great to hear from you again.
Best regards, Noel.
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Noel if you want to try card buildings, I have been given a link to a French site, they will need resizing as they are currently N scale.
Have not tried them yet. They are all pdf files and will need reducing to 72% to print out correctly.
http://reseau-st-michel.tumblr.com/telechargements
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The work you guys are doing in this scale, those fab buildings and my love of all things narrow gauge are making me want to have a go at Zm! Maybe a layout is on the cards....

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Nutter wrote:Noel if you want to try card buildings, I have been given a link to a French site, they will need resizing as they are currently N scale.
Have not tried them yet. They are all pdf files and will need reducing to 72% to print out correctly.
http://reseau-st-michel.tumblr.com/telechargements
Hi Mike.
Many thanks for the link, they look great, just what I've been looking for, I'll try them out soon and post the results all being well.
I love working with card, It's a great modelling medium, I've been using it for years.
In case you're interested, just getting away from trains for a bit, here are some pics of a couple of my card models.
They are to a scale of 1/14th and the double decker is 16ins long X 7ins wide X 13ins High and are both fully radio controlled, the only parts not card are the chassis.
The Night shot has not been 'photoshopped' at all, that's just what it looks like in the dark.
Hope you like them.
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Going back to when you were building this. How did you build up the level of the scenery to the track base round the points.
The reason being my proper layout will be built with the set track pieces because I am planning on using Alan's passing loop cable set with isolating sections .
Mike
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Hi Mike.
I set them into the baseboard, (which is 10mm Foamboard), so it was easy to cut out accurate recesses with a scalpel, to sink them in to the right depth.
Simples eh?. ;)
Cheers, Noel.

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Cheers Noel - had not thought of foamboard for the base.
My board is 3mm MDF
Mike
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Yes, been using it for years, even built baseboards for 00 scale layouts from it.
It's not particularly cheap, especially the 10mm thickness, but makes for very easy construction,
and very strong if braced properly, (only need a sharp knife, measure, straight edge, and tube of 'No Nails' or similar glue).
Even the 5mm thickness is adequate for most baseboards but will need good bracing to stop any warping.
Cheers, Noel.
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Raising 'T' gauge's profile even higher, my Zm layout's first public appearance.
It was very well received by the exhibitors and public alike, they all expressed surprise at the performance and controlability of such small units and every time I said the autorails were powered by 'T' gauge mechanisms I got one basic reply ' I never knew 'T' gauge could run like that, you mostly see it going flat out round and round, Never seen 'T' gauge end to end before'.
I hope I've shown that 'T' gauge can be a serious model railway system, if taken seriously.
It ran very well all day apart from needing a clean at lunch time as due to the very high temperature and humidity levels the wheels picked up a lot more 'crud' than they had done at home during previous extensive testing.
The layout has now got four preliminary invitations to shows next year as well as a confirmed invitation to 'Zedex' at Didcot in October this year.
I think Alan's website at T Gauge.com should get quite a few extra hits shortly as a lot of the public didn't know anything much about 'T' but seemed quite interested, as they were about Ivan's 3D prints.
Now to start thinking about my next layout, 'T' Southern electric slam door stock maybe, or maybe something completely different, I've got a few ideas.

Noel.

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Brilliant well done.
Glad you got positive responses from the public.
Mike
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