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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:59 am

Oztrainz wrote:
Gavin Sowry wrote:P.P.S. :roll: You Aussie fellas like that tsunami we sent your way this morning :?:


I had the surfboard waxed and waiting with a couple of Eveready Dolphin torches gaffer-taped to the front of it :wink:
Yeah Right :!:


:? Crikey, you Aussies want everything. Your place is 5-10 miles from the coast, is it not ? We don't send waves that far. :!:
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Postby Adrian » Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:19 am

G'day all
Just a few thoughts on exhibition presentation:-
( with nearly thirty years experience )

Back drops....required to stop the viewer seeing the back of the other layouts if in an isle location or the operators themselves if operated from the back.
Only need a sheet of blue card/ply to do this.

Lighting.....As each hall will have different ambient conditions lighting will help the paying public see and appreciate your work.
It can also help to set the mood of the layout (as per prof's latest)

Operation from front....If a small layout it means that you have some sort of control over the crowd and you can interact with them over the noise of the rest of the exhibition.

Disabled visitors.... I try to build all my layouts so that they can be viewed and appreciated by wheelchair viitors. I have also been thinking of building some periscopes for those who are vertically challenged.
Regarding closed circuit televisions I think if installed most of the crowd would tend to look at the TVs rather than the layout. (ain't peoples strange)

Look for list.....A good way of opening conversations with non-railway orreintated visitors

Barriers......Are good for little boys and girls to try and circumnavigate.
Also good to mount push buttons to operate 'things' on the layout, which tends to keep the little darlings occupied and off the layout.

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:02 am

Masterton Show, 2009.

You be the judge. 4 layouts from Gn15.info tastefully presented. 8)


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Postby Glen A » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:18 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:
You be the judge.


9 out of 10.

You would have got the full 10 points if you had a Gn15 sign on the front :lol: :lol:

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Postby DCRfan » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:01 am

We decided on clear sterile minimalist approach as we had 4 members of the newly titled 'NZ Micro Group' representing six different scales.

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Postby Imagineering » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:22 am

DCRfan wrote:We decided on clear sterile minimalist approach as we had 4 members of the newly titled 'NZ Micro Group' representing six different scales. :D


4 Members, 12 Layouts, 5 Scales.

Gn15;
Haywards Estate (Gavin Sowry)
Pizza & Beer (Gavin Sowry)
New Foreign Layout (Paul Napier)
Pizza Layout (Paul Napier)

Z Scale;
Eigelfeld (sp) (Will Vale)
Loop around the Guitar Case (Will Vale)

On30;
Sylvester Chocolate Factory (Murray McKenzie)
Porter Potty (Murray McKenzie)

N Scale;
Model Trains on DVD (Murray McKenzie)
Divertimento in the Scale of 'N' (Murray McKenzie)
Lake Sylvia (Murray McKenzie)

HO Scale;
Inglenook in Spring (Murray McKenzie)


I think we need to change that name a bit . . . sound too much like computers.

'NZ Micro Layouts Group' perhaps ??
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Postby jimread » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:53 am

Gavin,

Seeing those desk lights, I thought what a great idea and bought one on eBay UK.

There are 4 left, a snip at this price;
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... SA:GB:1123

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Postby foswaldy13 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:34 pm

Gavin Sowry wrote:. 4 layouts from Gn15.info tastefully presented.


Gavin, has there been a thread detailing the layout on the far left? I do not seem to remember it, but would sure like to see more photos of it.
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Postby gfadvance » Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:35 pm

foswaldy13 wrote:
Gavin Sowry wrote:. 4 layouts from Gn15.info tastefully presented.


Gavin, has there been a thread detailing the layout on the far left? I do not seem to remember it, but would sure like to see more photos of it.


Think this is the one ................ suggest you go and get a cup of tea, if its the right one you have some pages to read and enjoy - its a great layout

http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?t= ... +challenge
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:32 pm

Glen A wrote:
Gavin Sowry wrote:
You be the judge.


9 out of 10.

You would have got the full 10 points if you had a Gn15 sign on the front :lol: :lol:


:? Actually, we discussed signage..... and in the end, agreed that would spoil the effect if not done properly, or overdone. So the minimalist 'do nothing', 'keep it simple stupid' approach was taken. 8)
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Postby rue_d_etropal » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:07 pm

My only doubt with that display is the lighting. I have been lucky enough to have got away with room lighting, but I use a similar type of spotlight in clubrooms, and it gryd VERY hot. I may not be paying the electric bill, but I can't work near that heat, and if its close to model it could warp plastic. I am playing with the idea of using LEDs in home made spotlights, which will be low power, and are cool to the touch.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:17 pm

rue_d_etropal wrote:My only doubt with that display is the lighting. I have been lucky enough to have got away with room lighting, but I use a similar type of spotlight in clubrooms, and it gryd VERY hot. I may not be paying the electric bill, but I can't work near that heat, and if its close to model it could warp plastic. I am playing with the idea of using LEDs in home made spotlights, which will be low power, and are cool to the touch.


:? Hot, hardly. It was -1° deg C when I drove to the hall.
Actually, the lighting is fairly low wattage (heat). The spot on the stork is a 35/50W halogen, and the incandescent in the table lamp is 40W.
We did turn off all the lights, and tried the available room lighting, but it was inconsistant. Good lighting will also burn out the 'muliple shadows' that you can get in a big room. It also helps with modelling behind the scenes. Paul arrived on Friday night with a Bachmann GM, by Saturday afternoon, it was running with a Gn15 cab... by Sunday morning, it was painted, and crewed, and ran all day.
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Postby Simon Andrews » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:42 am

4 layouts from Gn15.info tastefully presented.


Looks very effective, well lit and clutter free 8)

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Postby Will Vale » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:17 am

If I promise to build a narrow gauge one will it get in the picture next time? :P

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Postby Imagineering » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:17 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:Masterton Show, 2009.

You be the judge. 4 layouts from Gn15.info tastefully presented. 8)


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And where is the left side photo of the other 'tastefully presented' layouts Gavin?

You've only got 4 of the 12 Layouts in this shot, (Gn15 Bias showing)?
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:56 pm

:o Gn15 bias was strictly for this forum. I have sent the 'full monty' to Carl for inclusion in Scrapbook. And, yes, the other layouts (one in particular) were very tasteful :!:
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Postby Will Vale » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:47 pm

I still feel bad for not building a Gn15 layout - I was quite far along the thinking stage for an 09 essay, but got distracted by modern image OO of all things. I think there must be something wrong with me...

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:06 am

:twisted: Indeed. If that G scale figure of Pauls stayed on the layout, yours would be a Gn6½ layout representing a live steam miniature railway :!:
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Postby DCRfan » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:51 am

Gavin Sowry wrote::o Gn15 bias was strictly for this forum. I have sent the 'full monty' to Carl for inclusion in Scrapbook. And, yes, the other layouts (one in particular) were very tasteful :!:


No Jaffa layouts allowed :wink: - darned Aucklanders

(For the rest of the world Jafa = Just another f*** Aucklander). Mind that only has one 'eff' and Murrays layout has lots of two 'eff' Jaffas :oops:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:01 am

:shock: Only 11 weeks to the Lower Hutt Exhibition :roll: :roll:
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Postby DCRfan » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:25 am

Gavin Sowry wrote::shock: Only 11 weeks to the Lower Hutt Exhibition :roll: :roll:


I gnow. Blowing the cobwebs off Waitakere already and some scenery to repair. The cat is no more :( so it maybe safe
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Postby Will Vale » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:49 am

Gavin Sowry wrote::twisted: Indeed. If that G scale figure of Pauls stayed on the layout, yours would be a Gn6½ layout representing a live steam miniature railway :!:


Arg, don't start me down that path again - I still want to do the "gauge 1 in the garden" layout with the same Z stock and 1:12 dolls house or action man figures. I think an oval of track around a pasty bloke in a deckchair with a hanky over his head would be about right.

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Postby Imagineering » Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:14 pm

Will Vale wrote:I think an oval of track around a pasty bloke in a deckchair with a hanky over his head would be about right.


I've got some photos of Gavin you could use as a prototype.
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:07 pm

DCRfan wrote: <SNIP> The cat is no more :(


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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:24 am

Imagineering wrote:
Will Vale wrote:I think an oval of track around a pasty bloke in a deckchair with a hanky over his head would be about right.


I've got some photos of Gavin you could use as a prototype.


:P Oh, you mean the one of me with the Tx controller in one hand, and a cold stubbie in the other :?: Will, you forgot the white singlet bit, and the rolled up trousers. Actually, you can count me out as a model, I wear a floppy hat, black singlet, shorts, and gumboots (well, I did to the 7's) :!:
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