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Hi from Far North of NZ

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My previous hobby of RC planes has folded (as the nearest airfield is now 3 hours drive) so I need a new method of squandering time and money
. Model rail appeals as it is suitable for wet and/or Winter days, but I am not a 'modeller' so will be buying in most of the rolling stock etc. Rather than leaping in with both feet I am researching what I can first, but expert advice is helpful (again the nearest Club is 3 hours + away). A couple of questions (may be wrong sub forum):

- My baseboard space will be 10' x 3' - accessible from long side and one end. I could go a little wider but my arm length doesn't reach 4'. Is this width going to be a major constraint in OO/HO given I was hoping for a double oval +. The alternative is N gauge but would prefer not to.

- My initial idea is to go with a British period setup (to have more fun with the scenery
. I will go straight to DCC if possible to save money later. Should I standardise on Hornby or Bachmann - thinking cost, quality, DCC system....? I will be mainly buying from Amazon (Hornby from UK or Bachmann from US). In terms of shipping the US is probably easier. Appreciate this is a personal preference (which I don't have yet).

Any other advice appreciated - I am a blank slate

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Hello, late to the party.

I have; and am trying to reinstate a temporary layout on an old table-tennis table (approx. 130cm x 230cm). I say "old" because it as actually almost cabinet-made from real, solid wood framing and I suspect it's from the late 60's or early 70's. It folds in half and has foldable legs. Obviously it can't take permanent fixtures, but that isn't important to me right now. I have covered it in felt to minimise damage from derailments.

Another option that we southern hemisphere folk don't see anything of is FREMO. Here's the Fremo Europe website
Even though I am using marklin's three-rail system, I am seriously considering this as a layout option.

One benefit I can see is that the modules can combine the idea of a 'shelf layout' in a practical setting. For me, it would create the opportunity to build achievable modelling without the pressure of having to complete one huge layout over time - and maybe never completing it. Manageable chunks.

Just food for thought. Good luck with your projects!
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