Build a cus­tom plat­form

How to make a cus­tom plat­form, for when off-the-shelf ones just won’t do.

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The sta­tion will usu­ally form the cen­tre­piece of a lay­out, but one of the most prob­lem­atic ar­eas is the plat­form. Most kits or plas­tic and resin sec­tions are mod­u­lar, which can force you to make com­pro­mises on your lay­out. If you need your lay­out to be a cer­tain way, then you’ll need a cus­tom plat­form to suit. Thank­fully, mak­ing your own plat­form is re­ally sim­ple. Tra­di­tion­ally, you might have used card and em­bossed plas­tic sheet. But Re­du­tex self-ad­he­sive tex­tured sheets make the job even eas­ier! The heart of a cus­tom plat­form is Daler Rowney Mu­seum Mount­board, which is 2.2mm thick, comes in a range of colours and is avail­able from many high street arts and crafts stores, such as Hob­by­craft. Mak­ing a cus­tom plat­form is a straight­for­ward and hugely sat­is­fy­ing process. I built mine for a ‘OO’ gauge lay­out, but the beauty of the tech­nique is that it can be trans­ferred into any scale.

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