'Sheepcroft' - MR235

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

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

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?

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...”

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

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