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【Zen Garden】Japanese Dry Landscape Garden Style Layout Baseboard by Narrow Gauge Shop

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The layout baseboard presented in this article is based on the motif of a Japanese dry landscape garden. Of the many garden styles available, this miniature model represents a garden style called "Zen garden".

We have made and sold over 300 layout baseboards. Some of them are available on Youtube and Pinterest, so please check them out!!

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What is Zen garden?

"Zen garden" is a garden style that expresses natural scenery and the universe with stones and sand, without using water. It spread in Japan from the 13th century onwards with the spirituality of "Wabi-Sabi".

"Wabi-Sabi" refers to the aesthetic sense and sensibility unique to Japanese culture. This Japanese aesthetic can be described as a sense of tranquillity, simplicity and, above all, a love of imperfection.

These concepts originally came from China. They have been adapted in a Japanese style and passed down to the present day.

About the framework

We have made several "Zen Garden" style layout bases. We try to make them in small sizes so that they don't get in the way when placed on your desk.

Let's start with the specifications of the micro layout baseboard!!

Size

  • Left:222mm x 160mm (approx. A5)
  • Right:270mm x 194mm (approx. B5)

There are two main sizes of framework. Both base frame materials are cypress wood panelling used for house renovation.

PSU(power supply unit)

There are also two types of power supply units.

The PSU (top image), which uses eight AA batteries, and our original PSU (bottom image), which combines 9V batteries and a PWM controller.

Tracks and Sleepers

  • Micro Engineering Code 55 Non-Weathered Rail
  • Micro Engineering Code 70 Non-Weathered Rail
  • FastTracks HOn30 Unfinished Wood Crossties
  • FastTracks HOn30 PC Board Pre-Gapped Crossties - 1/16"
  • PECO OO-9/HOe Narrow Gauge Track (SL-400) Code 80

Radius of track

There are two track radii, approx. 40 mm and 55 mm.

They were carefully finished by repeated fine-tuning using a track bender to ensure that the inside and outside are exactly aligned. As no adhesive is used, warping of the track over time can be corrected.

Due to the extremely small radius, it is designed for single unit running, but can also be used for coupled running by extending the couplers.

Points to note

Some of our previous work is presented below, but there is no right way to use it. You can place pebbles, plant greenery and trees. I want you to finish the diorama freely as your senses dictate.

If there is a right answer, it will be when your mind is calm and peaceful.

Zen Garden Style Layout baseboard with Tea room①

  • Scale & Gauge:1/80・9mm
  • Size :222mm x 160mm
  • Tracks :Micro Engineering Code 70 Non-Weathered Rail
  • Ties : FastTracks HOn30 Unfinished Wood Crossties / PC Board Pre-Gapped Crossties - 1/16"
  • Radius :approx. 40mm
  • Power Supply:12V(1.5Vx8) dry cell battery
  • Structure : 67mm x 54mm x 57mm

Examples of work①

Zen Garden Style Layout Baseboard with Tea room②

  • Scale & Gauge:1/80・9mm
  • Size :222mm x 160mm
  • Tracks :Micro Engineering Code 55 Non-Weathered Rail
  • Ties : FastTracks HOn30 Unfinished Wood Crossties
  • Radius :approx. 40mm
  • Power Supply:12V(1.5Vx8) dry cell battery
  • Structure : 68mm x 50mm x 45mm

Examples of work②

Zen Garden Style Layout Baseboard with Tea room③

  • Scale & Gauge:1/80・9mm
  • Size :270mm x 194mm
  • Tracks : PECO OO-9/HOe Narrow Gauge Track (SL-400) Code 80
  • Radius :approx. 55mm
  • Power Supply:PWM + 9V dry cell battery
  • Structure : 75mm x 52mm x 48mm

Examples of work③

Zen Garden Style Layout Baseboard with "Arbour"

  • Scale & Gauge:1/80・9mm
  • Size :222mm x 160mm
  • Tracks :Micro Engineering Code 55 Non-Weathered Rail
  • Ties : FastTracks HOn30 Unfinished Wood Crossties
  • Radius :approx. 40mm
  • Power Supply:12V(1.5Vx8) dry cell battery
  • Structure : 40mm x 40mm x 45mm

Examples of work④

Zen Garden Style Layout Baseboard with "Arched bridge"

  • Scale & Gauge:1/80・9mm
  • Size :222mm x 160mm
  • Tracks :Micro Engineering Code 55 Non-Weathered Rail
  • Ties : FastTracks HOn30 Unfinished Wood Crossties
  • Radius :approx. 40mm
  • Power Supply:12V(1.5Vx8) dry cell battery
  • Structure : 48mm x 23mm x 23mm

Examples of work⑤

 

You can place pebbles, plant greenery and trees. I want you to finish the diorama freely as your senses dictate.

If there is a right answer, it will be when your mind is calm and peaceful.

Contact us

Please feel free to send us your requests and work requests via our contact form.!!

Narrow Gauge Shop
Satoru Mimura
1-15-27,Negishi,Machida,
Tokyo,JAPAN 194-0038
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