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Designing and Building Model Railway Baseboards

By Ron Pybus

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ISBN: 9781847978691
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 02/01/2015
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 377 colour photographs

Model railway baseboards are like the foundations of a house, and failure to build a rigid baseboard that has no movement will inevitably lead to problems. Accordingly, this invaluable, well-illustrated book is essential reading for all those who wish to be guided through the potential pitfalls of making a baseboard and who require practical information about the different kinds of boards and how to construct them properly.


  • Describes in detail how to build several different types of baseboard from the simple box frame, through the monocoque flat board, the drop board and insulation board, to multi-level boards and the helix
  • Considers the vital importance of design, as well as size constraints and the required tools
  • Demonstrates how boards can be linked together
  • Discusses viewing heights and support systems
  • Examines sanding, finishing, lighting and background boards
  • Covers commercially made baseboards and buying second-hand boards
  • With the less adept modeller in mind, the author explains how to make a baseboard with only a drill, a screwdriver and glue

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Latest Reviews
" This is a useful book for those who are starting out in the hobby and want to get an overview of the many facets that make up the construction of baseboards and their ancillaries. "
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Reviewed By: Rail Express Modeller

" All in all a first class book on a very important aspect of our hobby, very well presented. If you get it wrong after reading this book then try modelling ships! "
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Reviewed By: Model Railway Club Bulletin

" The book is a welcome addition to the canon of model railway books and is particularly helpful for N gauge modellers. "
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Reviewed By: N Gauge Society Journal

" There have been books before on building baseboards, but this is by far the most thorough and extensive coverage of the subject we have seen so far. "
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Reviewed By: Model Trains International

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