LAY­OUT: Sheepcroft

STU­ART DAVIES rose to the chal­lenge of build­ing a lay­out in ‘EM’ gauge, and what bet­ter way to start build­ing some­thing new than with a good rum­mage in a skip?

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Stu­art Davies rose to the chal­lenge of build­ing a lay­out in ‘EM’ gauge by rum­mag­ing around in a skip.

I’ll show you!’ It’s a mind­set we’ve surely all been in at some point, so when long-term ‘OO’ mod­eller Stu­art Davies was chal­lenged at an ex­hi­bi­tion to try his hand at build­ing ‘EM’ track, he stepped up to the 18mm gauge foot­plate with de­ter­mi­na­tion. “I must ad­mit,” ex­plains Stu­art: “I’ve had some com­ments re­gard­ing my pre­vi­ous lay­out ‘Drewry Lane’, such as ‘It’s a nice lay­out, but the Code 100 track could be im­proved.’” Stu­art wasted lit­tle time in get­ting to work and ac­quired the base­board from an un­likely source. “A few years ago, I found a skip full of MDF of­f­cuts at a place where I was work­ing. It was des­tined for land­fill, so I made some enquiries and was told I could take what­ever I wanted.” The search for a ready-made base­board was in­ten­tional: “My wood­work­ing skills are best de­scribed as… poor.” Stu­art chuck­les, “and that’s be­ing kind - my friends are far less com­pli­men­tary.”

TRUE BLUE

The lay­out is lo­cated some­where in the South West, but is in­ten­tion­ally non­spe­cific. The era is set be­tween the late 1960s and early ’70s, when Stu­art was grow­ing up. “I was in my teens then, dis­cov­er­ing girls, mo­tor­bikes and beer,” he laughs. “My dad was a train driver, based in Wey­mouth, so I was brought up in a rail­way fam­ily. I’d go out spot­ting blue diesels and, as ev­ery­one

Em­bank­ments are card­board for­m­ers cov­ered in pa­pier-mâché, fol­lowed by a cov­er­ing of Wood­land Scen­ics scat­ters and static grass.

Shrubs and bushes are sea moss cov­ered in scat­ter. Some pieces have been air­brushed to pro­vide tonal vari­a­tion.

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