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Old 20-04-2018, 07:02 PM   #11
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A long while ago there was an article in Railway Modeller about a very old layout that had been built 50 years ago. The conclusion reached was that after 50 years cardkits fared better than plastic which had become brittle and had disintegrated. For a permanent exhibition layout, for example in a museum, things that would be acceptable in plastic normally such as signals, station fittings and so on have to be built with metal, soldered rather than glued, I think plastic and card kits are meant for layouts where the fun is in building more than permanent exhibition.
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Old 20-04-2018, 07:16 PM   #12
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Have you ever been to Pendon Cudworth. Without doubt one of the best permanent exhibition layouts in the country. All the buildings are made of card.
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Old 21-04-2018, 05:04 PM   #13
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I like card. It sort of has a nice feel to it.
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Old 21-04-2018, 05:14 PM   #14
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More card: If a building stands on a hill say 8 inches tall, the buidings foundation are 8 inches tall and stand on the baseboard. They say their building are in the ground not on it.
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Old 04-05-2018, 10:47 PM   #15
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It's probably a stupid question, but are the thatched roofs in the photos made of papermache? They, and the whole two scenes, look incredible.
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The thatch is human hair. Well it was the last time I visited.

The buildings are exact replicas of real building.

One cottage was shown to a lady who used to live in it. She remarked that the dressing table even had a knob missing from the drawer as had the real thing.
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Yes. I heard they used human hair. Amazing detail.
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Yes there is a story about the creator of the layout (don't recall his name) using human hair. Am I right in thinking he used his wife and daughters hair? Can't see mine agreeing to that and couldn't use mine I don't have much
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Cardboard is okay but I use where possible boxing methods to create sealed structures where possible and use up most the off cuts to make braces inside and if narrow enough strips of wood also
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A long while ago there was an article in Railway Modeller about a very old layout that had been built 50 years ago. The conclusion reached was that after 50 years cardkits fared better than plastic which had become brittle and had disintegrated. For a permanent exhibition layout, for example in a museum, things that would be acceptable in plastic normally such as signals, station fittings and so on have to be built with metal, soldered rather than glued, I think plastic and card kits are meant for layouts where the fun is in building more than permanent exhibition.
Yes agree what you say Cudworth but in fairness. If you had the same lay out over a long lifetime period like that I would have thought one would be renewing things and updating things as materials and and better kits etc:
Maybe modern plastic kits may be better than those of 50 years ago.
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