An excavation sensation
Modelling in a larger scale doesn’t mean you need an impractically large layout, as John Campbell demonstrates with this 16mm:1ft quarry setting.
Before John had built ‘Campbell’s Quarry’ he’d been offered a full-size Ruston Bucyrus 10RB dragline excavator, but after being emphatically told by his wife that it wasn’t allowed in the garden as it would leave no space for her greenhouse, he set about building a 16mm:1ft scale model instead. “I finished the model but then I had nowhere to use it. A lot of people collect locomotives and rolling stock before building a layout to suit, but I’ve never met anyone who has based their layout around an excavator! The layout measures only 5ft 6in by 2ft 6in, which was dictated by the workshop space available that was previously occupied by a lathe. “Having built the dragline excavator I wanted to use it, so the layout formed around that. It made sense to have the sand transported to another area and then brought back, and very quickly the plan formed in my mind.”