Size of layouts

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Size of layouts

Postby Grum » Sun May 14, 2017 9:55 pm

I am looking forward to seeing Mark Goodwin's "The Much Knattering & Far Twaddle Light Railway" develop, but I noticed Mark Goodwin's comment in that he thought it was "big for these pages". I am modelling a layout of a similar size, and although I have only been a member for a year, I know of no rules or guidelines as to a maximum size of layout that can be featured or discussed on The GnATTERbox. Can anybody enlighten me?

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Re: Size of layouts

Postby PeterH » Mon May 15, 2017 4:20 am

Hi Grum,

That was my comment that it was big for these pages. It was admiration rather than to imply that it was too big for gnatterbox. My layouts have been tiny, and I respect modellers that build larger layouts. I look forward to reading about your layout here.
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Re: Size of layouts

Postby John New » Mon May 15, 2017 8:12 am

Size is about what you have the space and time to model. The commonality here seems to be for smaller layouts but I have never seen any guidelines on that. I'm guessing that minimum gauge (indoors) appeals for the ability to have tight curves when you only have a small space available. Many NG modellers go for big layouts but place them outdoors as garden layouts.
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Re: Size of layouts

Postby Grum » Mon May 15, 2017 9:43 am

Aha..... Peter H, I got my names muddled up, my apologies. I had been exhibiting all day, and drove 200 miles so was a bit tired and brain dead!
Thank you for your further comments about large layouts.
As I changed straight from 009 scale exhibition layouts to Gn15, my layout designs and the stock I wanted to run necessitated a larger layout, so that's how it came about.
Thanks.

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Re: Size of layouts

Postby chris stockdale » Thu May 18, 2017 5:54 am

There's definitely no limit, guideline or rule about the size of layout that can appear in the Gnatterbox.

It's an interesting thought that, very often we build smallish layouts, considering G (in what ever flavour pleases you) is a relatively large modelling scale. Pondering it I wondered if it was at all because to look 'right' it demands more detailing of models, which in turn requires more time for a given chunk of space?

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Re: Size of layouts

Postby DCRFAN 3 » Fri May 19, 2017 7:11 am

Perhaps we realise our tiny steam and internal combustion locos would not have the capacity to travel long distances due to limited bunker/fuel tank size :D

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Re: Size of layouts

Postby southpier » Sat May 20, 2017 10:59 am

to quote a popular cigarette ad of days gone by: "it's not how long you make it, but how you make it long"

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Re: Size of layouts

Postby lesmond » Sat May 20, 2017 5:41 pm

I tend to go by what will fit the scheme I have in mind, what timber I have available, and what will fit into my car / van if it needs to go anywhere.

Smallest so far is 13 1/2" x 23 1/2", biggest (about to be started) is 8' 4" x 22" in three sections.

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