Dapol O gauge Terrier

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  1. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Ed It’s not just UK that you have the issue of house size restriction on the layout space
    Down under in this really big land I’m struggling to find a suitable space.
    Currently do my modelling on an enclosed back veranda and whilst I have a bit of spare ground in the back yard it’s not suitable for a shed/out building.
    We have been looking at a move, so we have more space but having a real problem trying to find something that suits in our local area that won’t break the bank, (all be it I’m after the ultimate dream train Room), but in the local area the land size is so small now that you can’t fit a house that has a suitable room within it, and by the time you squeeze a house on the blocks of land there is no spare land to build a dedicated train out building.
     
  2. ed

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    Maybe it's world wide then Chris, with a growing population I suppose houses everywhere are getting smaller.

    No wonder the Japanese invented T Scale.


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  3. Matt

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    Thanks for all the comments!

    Ok, here's another hypothetical question for you all: let's say I was interested in investigating O gauge a bit more, and wanted a wagon...let's hypothetically say a 16t mineral, whose would you recommend for price vs accuracy vs value?

    I know Dapol do them RTR, and Parkside do a kit, both of which are similar in price, but is there anyone else (if kit, I'd prefer plastic) I should consider? If not, what's the better option of the two mentioned above?

    This is all hypothetical I hope you understand? ;)

    Matt
     
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  4. jakesdad13

    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Hypothetically, Dapols is an excellent model that could be detailed, and Parkside is an easy to build kit that has great detail. Slaters also make some very good plastic wagon kits and Peco make a 16 ton kit in their Wonderful Wagons range. You are already a good kit builder so any of these should pose no problem if you "chose" to go down the O gauge route.

    Pete.
     
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  5. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    You're quite right there Ed, the big housebuilding companies in the UK seem to have made a speciality of cramming as many houses as possible on any given plot of land, going to 3 stories high with tiny garden space and a garage that if you drove a small car into it, you'd be hard pressed to open the door enough to get out! That, together with the tendency for builders to go for the prefabricated stressed rafters means that even if you have a loft, it's not easy to actually use it due to the number of struts you have to climb over! I consider myself lucky that I have a sizeable 2 bedroomed bungalow built in the 1920's, with oversized floor and roof timbers and have created a useable, fully insulated and plasterboard lined loft area, allowing me a layout of 16ft 6in x 12ft 6in overall, with a 30inch depth of layout surrounding the central control space. That plus central heating, dehumidifier, Velux window and plenty of sockets (well, I am an Electrician by trade!) means I can use my 'Train Room' at any time of the year. I have a 32ft x 15ft garage with lighting and power too, but no intention of freezing to death in that during winter or roasting in summer, I'll keep that for the cars.
    Keith.
     
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  6. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Space is a big thing for most O gaugers Matt, ok I've got a small diorama about 14 feet long which I can play with and test my builds on, it also doubles as a photo backdrop for my model builds ... I think that is where most people end up make compromises in balancing layout size restrictions against just making models as part of the enjoyment of 7mm. Joining an O Gauge club could be worthwhile, becoming part of a team allows for running your locos / trains and also inputting into a club layout build abate not necessarily what you might do for yourself. Another route for some is the garden layout if space and ground conditions prevail, a suitable wooden fence making a backdrop can incorporate a rain / dust leaf protection cover plus with the layout raise off the ground via either brackets or stilts means the garden can still be enjoyed by the family.
     
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  7. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Happily making models Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    Hi Matt,

    Peco also do a 16 ton mineral that has a good reputation - I haven't built one as they are too late for my modelling interests but they seem to get good reviews.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to rule the Peco wagons out for now simply as they're the most expensive.

    Slater's don't do a 16 tonner that I can see, however I quite like the look of their range.

    I'm obviously familiar with Parkside - anyone got any +'s or -'s regarding the two ranges for me to consider?

    Thanks for all the information so far chaps!

    Matt

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