A centerpiece of the new Blea Moor layout is a T gauge model of Ribblehead viaduct. This is a 3D printed model, 0.9m in length, designed in pieces using OpenSCAD. While not totally accurate, it does capture most of the prototype's distinctive features.
After a few more experiments, it turns out to be very easy to convert this free data to a 3d printable terrain model, as well as to cutout diagrams for foam sheets representing selected contours for scenery construction.
One challenge With a layout like Blea Moor is getting the very well-known terrain just right. Contour maps are the obvious source of data, but there is a UK government website with free-to-download 1m and 2m resolution aerial LIDAR (laser-radar) data covering much of the UK.
The picture shows the north end of the Ribblehead viaduct approaching Blea Moor, plotted in Excel.
This has potential, so more to come!
The baseboards for Blea Moor have now been built, as an arc of 4 boards following the 1-mile radius curve of the track in this area. Viewing is from the outside of the curve, with an outside length of 6.5m or 21.5 feet.
I have been planning to start building a new exhibition layout for over a year now, but have found it very hard to decide what to model.
I eventually settled on the Blea Moor to Ribblehead section of the famous Settle and Carlisle line, done to about 90% of true scale.
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