by Friedhelm Weidelich

The rustic original for a bridge diorama or module in 1:32 scale still needs to be supplemented with suitable rolling stock. Here are 49 year old photos and some new ones for inspiration. They show an amazing range of locomotives, railcars and passenger cars.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

There are settings that you can't invent. Eventually you will find a believable accumulation of details that inspire a modeler to a diorama. Here comes a bridge scene for gauge 1 that has it all and could be realized on a compact footprint for epochs I to VI.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

At the end of 2019, spur1info reported about a Gauge 1 meeting in Hong Kong. Now there is news.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

From Norway I received snapshots of a harmonious, imaginative and realistically designed module layout.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Not a grass mat next to the gravel, but a varied vegetation makes the locomotive shed diorama for gauge 1 worth seeing. Grass and plants have "grown" quite fast. But before that I had another idea.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

In the fifth part of the building report the plumbing work on the roof of the small locomotive shed will be completed. In addition, two realistic-looking puddles are created with the simplest of means.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

For gauge 1, narrow-gauge railways are still a niche product. In search of inspiration we visited the NuSSA - the zero and narrow gauge exhibition in Stadtoldendorf, Germany. It was worth it, because high quality model making was exhibited there.

We start with a field railway in 1:32. 46 photos of a compact, versatile layout.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Even an engine shed covered with tar paper in 1:32 scale should have gutters. Another challenge for the occasional handyman...

by Friedhelm Weidelich

A diesel locomotive needs fuel from time to time. So a small filling station is integrated into the gauge 1 diorama. This also increases the play value.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

After the positioning test and three glued-on walls, literally basic work is carried out in the engine shed. Parts of the interior fittings are also made. Inspired by imagination, a useful workshop utensil is created, which I have never seen in any model before.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

A small chipboard, a started and a finished kit and a piece of track. This gave rise to the idea of developing a diorama that provides plenty of activity and fun even during the building stage. While doing handicrafts, it quickly became clear that once you started, the ideas develop by themselves. Perhaps also with you, dear readers.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

Gauge 1 usually suffers from too long vehicles and too short tracks. But you can, strictly following the example of the DB Regio, extend the journey time with a trick. German TV satirical program Extra3 showed the method again yesterday.

by Friedhelm Weidelich

At the third Sauerland gauge 0 and gauge 1 meeting, three gauge 1 layouts and dioramas were shown, which demonstrated craftmanship at the highest level. My colleague Stefan Karzaunikat from Spur-Null-Magazin provided us with photos which offer many suggestions for a realistic design of layouts and dioramas in 1:32 scale.

Op de derde Sauerländer Spur 0 und Spur 1 Großbahntreffen wurden drie systemen en diorama's getoond, die de modelbouw op het hoogste niveau demonstreerden. Mijn collega Stefan Karzaunikat van Spur-Null-Magazin heeft ons foto's geleverd die ons veel suggesties bieden voor een realistisch ontwerp van faciliteiten en diorama's in schaal 1:32.