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on 19 September 2017
Well worth a read if you're contemplating making a layout or even if you just like a bit of armchair modelling. I always enjoy Iain Rice's books and this is no exception. This book provides a range of approaches and sizes of layout - there's something for everyone, as well as the usual practical advice
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on 12 November 2010
I have read many of this auther's books and have enjoyed them all.Iain Rice has something like a personal theology on this subject.The novice or the experianced modeller will learn something from this book.It is well illustrated,including drawings by himself. He adds a measure of "human interest",i.e. writes about the work of other modelers as well as his own.Glad to see Haynes are moving from car manuals to supporting this hobby.
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on 6 April 2011
This man deserves his reputation as a doyen of the railway modelling world. Not only has he extensive experience to share but he does it in a clear, concise and informative way. His command of the English language is excellent which enables him to easily communicate with the reader (unlike some authors) so one never has to sit and ponder what a sentence really means. All of this helps to make this book not only a source of great knowledge and easily understood information but also an enjoyable read. I found it difficult to put it down once started. An absolute must for anyone contemplating the start of a layout or wishing to improve on an existing one.
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on 30 August 2012
The author describes his thorough method of designing model railways, looking at all aspects not just the track plan. An important book if you are designing a layout with realistic design and scenery rather than one where the trains are the vital factor. This is not a book of trackplans- it is a far deeper design manual for model railways.
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on 22 March 2011
Author is a very experienced modeller. Comprehensive description of his method of selecting a prototype, making the necessary compromises and then building baseboard and scenery to create a model which will recreate the original in the eye of the observer. I expected more track plans, but was very happy indeed with my purchase.
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on 2 November 2010
As an addition to the reference books for the newcomer to building a model railway, a great purchase. It sits well with 'The professional approach to model railways', answers a lot of questions and provides a source of real encouragement.
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on 23 February 2015
If you have read any of the other books by Iain Rice and would like to learn more about his ideas on layout design this is the book for you. In this book he has the opportunity to cover more topics and to go into more detail than most of his other books on the subject. The topics covered are the same as his other books (modelling preliminaries, philosophy, location, baseboards, prototype, planning logistics, operational design, visual design, creation of a plan and some examples) so there are no new subjects, but there is a lot more text and good quality colour photographs than in his other publications. The only problem with this book is that it is out of print and for some reason the second hand prices are quite high. Nevertheless, if you find a reasonably priced copy and enjoy Iain's writing,on the subject of layout design then this is a book for you..
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on 24 March 2016
I wished I had brought this book much earlier, while Iain Rice has said a lot of this before in other publications this book tided up a few of these ideas from the past.

While building a new model railway will always have a few problems ( I don't appear to get rid of them every time) this book highlights a few of the basic problems which you can come across.

This book is aimed at the British model railway market more than say the American market, but it does give a good cross reference to both schools of though about how you can go railway (railroad) modelling, very few books have done that in the past and it is good to get a feel of how our brothers across the pond have over come the same problems as we have in the UK.

Would recommend this book to anyone who is wondering about buying it.
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on 30 November 2013
This is not like many other books on layout design which show lots of example plans. This is a very thorough and well written book on every conceivable aspect of designing a top quality layout including real consideration of the part played by everything from lighting to background scenery to shape and height etc etc. Not only is this extremely detailed and helpful but it is an interesting read in itself. I'd recommend it to anyone - except if you're just looking for a load of layout plans and pictures to flick through!
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on 9 March 2013
This book is exceptional for two main reasons. One; the writer obviously is an accomplished Railway Modeler. Two and far more important in reading such an informative book is that Iain Rice is an Author with an excellent writing style. This makes the ability to understand some of well argued suggestions all the more enjoyable and thought provoking. As a modeling novice tis has been the most helpful reading so far, and I have read a lot!
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