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Published on Oct 7, 2011
This is a 2.5 x 5 layout consisting of two loops connected with a double crossover, and 3 sidings for storage. Due to space constraints, a variety of design decisions were made to fully utilize the layout--using the smallest radius curves available and using compressed Bandai shorty train cars.
Curve radii - The inner spur uses 216mm curves. The inner loop uses 249mm curves. And the viaduct loop uses 249mm curves. To add visual interest, the viaduct crosses the ground tracks at 4 locations.
Landscape - All Woodland Scenic foliage/brush products on a ReadyGrass mat with several formed hills.
Trains - The compressed Bandai Shorty trains allowed me to preserve realism in the tight layout. In the first segment, it's a 500 series Nozomi Shinkansen. In the second segment, that's a Kato ES44 hauling a combination of Kato and Tomix rolling stock. Was pleasantly surprised that the ES44 ran fine on the 216mm curves.
Buildings - These are all Tomytec structures. The weathered paint detailing added a lot to the overall realism. Most other brands look too clean and plasticky.