'Molinnis' - MR237

 The resin houses in the housing estate are all Peedie Models’ 1970s detached houses (PMM85006). CHRIS NEVARD

The resin houses in the housing estate are all Peedie Models’ 1970s detached houses (PMM85006). CHRIS NEVARD

NICK DIBBEN resisted the urge to add too much detail. The result is a contemporary Cornish layout that appears much bigger than the modest space it occupies.

Refrain from jumping ahead to the track plan for a moment, and estimate just how big you think ‘Molinnis’ really is.

Before you do so, bear in mind that Nick Dibben’s contemporary Cornish layout contains the following: the outskirts of a town, a large factory, a section of main line, part of a housing estate, clumps of forest, a seemingly vast expanse of countryside (including a river) and a branch line flanked by a disused china clay dries.

That’s a lot of stuff to fit on a large layout, but at 8ft by 3ft (including fiddleyard) ‘Molinnis’ isn’t particularly big, even if it’s built in 1:148 scale. But Nick’s modelling genius doesn’t stop there. Not only has he managed to cram a lot on to his baseboard, he’s managed to create a real sense of space too...

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 The river was created by painting the surface of the baseboard accordingly, before coating it with multiple layers of varnish. CHRIS NEVARD

The river was created by painting the surface of the baseboard accordingly, before coating it with multiple layers of varnish. CHRIS NEVARD