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Hi James. Good to see the progress you're making.

As regards the building it would probably be clad with profiled aliminium sheeting. How about using some narrow strips of thin card glued onto the flat surface at regular intervals to create the 'profiled' look ?? I'm afraid it will mean a repaint of the building but, as dwb says, it does look unrealistically smooth at the moment.

One other small criticism I would make, if I may be so bold, is the size of track ballast you're using which appears quite over-scale in some of the photos, though this may be just a trick of the light. Scaled up, some of the pieces would appear to be more like 12" boulders rather than 4" crushed stone. Have a look at either the Noch N Scale ballast or the new Faller Premium N Scale ballast (Cat. No. FA171697).

Keep up the good work,

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QUOTE (N Gauge James @ 25 Aug 2008, 01:23) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>something like this perhaps?

Profiled Aluminum

Yes that's the stuff. If you don't fancy cutting all those lengths of card to exactly the same width you could also use Slaters Plasicard Microstrips.

QUOTE Regarding the ballast - darn it, someone noticed. It's Woodland Scenics, as far as I know as small as they go. I bought it on the advice of a model shop, and regretted it as it was going down. Trouble is I didn't want to risk damage to the track and the like with taking it up again and can't ballast half the layout in one size and the rest in another, as that'll draw attention to it. Next layout of course - it'll be a different story!

Depending on how heavily it is glued together you might find that a going over with a hard tooth brush will remove enough to allow you to get a very thin layer of finer ballast on top. At the very least it would fill in some of the gaps between the existing ballast particles to give an overall finer look.

As regards your 4 - 5 pieces per gap have a look at this picture which seems to show more like double that.

Wood Brick Building material Brickwork Bedrock


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