NB: Warning this is an intensive critique!
What went wrong…
- Modules not named very well
- Leg marking on adjustable legs not consistent enough to level layout
- Simple nut & bolt to join layout not good enough
- 6mm top board not thick enough
- Not enough bracing
- Cork taken to all joins rather than incompressible wood/material
- Some modules needed handholds to safely put layout in trailer
- Electrical joins too rigid
- A lot of electrical should have been conducted if it didn’t concern a module it passes through
- The use of the older style Shinohara points, requiring in-situ mods.
- Control panels and back scenes interfere with each other when setting up
- Electrical connections p;lugs keep loosing wires.
- Plaster on layout could be a little thinner over the foam
- No end profile boards for better scenery matching.
- Not enough staging
What we should strive for…
- When joining the modules this should align the modules and level them at the same time.
- Lightest module possible, yet no compromise on structural strength.
- Represent the area as accurately as we can – a first for our club selecting a prototype to model
- DCC & DC operation
- Keeping some shunting to do
- Allowing a wide variety of trains to operate on the line
- Ensure we have PLENTY of staging !
- Easy to set up modules
- Easy to put in trailer transport
- Ensure the layout cannot be placed against another, to prevent viewing of the areas we want them to see