This post -- and its subject -- are actually a foreshadow of the next.
Regardless of whether a person's layout is super-realistic or toy-like in appearance, a large G-gauge outdoor garden layout or a tiny Z-gauge layout stored in an attache case, one thing remains true -- it's never completely finished.
And that's turned out to be the case for the Straco Express layout. Purely by chance I ran across an amazing selection of six new old stock Nomura vehicles. I happened to win the bid, and suddenly, I had too many cars for the already overcrowded streets of the layout.
So I spent some time outlining various options with painter's tape and arrived at the solution you see in the photos. A new side street feeding into the main road. It should provide enough space for the increased traffic.
I used the same technique as before (see: Part 10 - Paving the Pegboard Paradise), and am pretty happy with the results.
When my purchase arrives, we'll see if I provided enough space, or if I need to add even more roads. A situation that strangely mirrors the challenge of many state transportation departments!
- Pegboard: $4.95
- Flathead Screws: $0.40
- Molding: $2.49
- SilClear: borrowed from a friend
- Green Paint: left over from another project
- Wood Screws: $3.60
- Felt Pads: $1.99
Small Houses: $3.00
Testor's Gray Paint for road: $1.29
Bandai Areo Station: $8.99
2 tinplate signs: $1.00
4 tinplate signs (with train) $5.99
- Two Japanese toy cars: $2.00
- A.W. Livestock truck: $4.99
- Taxi: $2.99
- Ambulance: $2.99
- Two Japanese patriotic cars: $6.99
- Haji three-wheel sedan $3.00
- 1950's sedan $2.99
- Line Mar Pepco Truck $8.50
- Line Mar Bond Bread Van $8.00
- Line Mar Fire Engine $4.95
- Line Mar Dump Truck $12.99
- Line Mar GE Courier Car $10.98
- Nomura red Sedan $5.00
- Nomura police Car $2.52
- Nomura lumber truck $3.48
- 6 Namura vehicles $16.99
- Orange sedan $10.99
- King sedan $9.95