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