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Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:04 am
by Oztrainz
Gavin Sowry wrote:
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) :!:


:shock: :shock: Footrot Flats is still alive and around... :D :D :D

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:10 am
by Gavin Sowry
Oztrainz wrote: :shock: :shock: Footrot Flats is still alive around... :D :D :D


:wink: And, guess what sort of dog I have too :!:

Posted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:02 pm
by Will Vale
I must admit I was thinking more Yorkshireman than Kiwi. Although it would be even better to capture the '70s model railway jet set as seen in the early Miniclub literature. Serious looking men with pipes and tinted glasses :)

http://www.z220.org/catalogs/marklin72/page001.shtml

There is also some fetching cocktail paraphenalia at the end of the 1973 catalogue:

http://www.z220.org/catalogs/marklin73/page009.shtml

Posted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:29 am
by Gavin Sowry
Prof Klyzlr wrote:Dear Gavin,

Looking forward to seeing how the "Black sheet skirts" turn out...


8) It was 'Investiture Day' today in NZ for all those that got their backdated knighthoods. In keeping with the spirit of the day, I understand 4 members of this forum are to be granted 'The Order of the Black Sheet'.

Posted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:30 am
by michael
The cat is no more

Just "Cat"ching up :cry: :cry: :cry: sorry to hear that.
Hope all else is well in NZ

Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:20 am
by DCRfan
Forget the black curtains, lights and fancy signs, this is the way to exhibit your portable layout :lol: :lol: Just take off the BBQ and replace with layout

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Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:20 am
by Prof Klyzlr
Dear Paul,

Given the size of a Corrimal Colliery skip, it wouldn't be the first time I've considered mocking up a 12'/1' size one, with a flipup side or flip down "faux coal load" to reveal a On30 layout therein...

Just can't get past the objections of the Exhibition manager as you attempt to roll what appears to be a 1ton skip accross the unprotected hall floor... :twisted:

Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:31 am
by DCRfan
Prof Klyzlr wrote:Dear Paul,

Given the size of a Corrimal Colliery skip, it wouldn't be the first time I've considered mocking up a 12'/1' size one, with a flipup side or flip down "faux coal load" to reveal a On30 layout therein...

Just can't get past the objections of the Exhibition manager as you attempt to roll what appears to be a 1ton skip accross the unprotected hall floor... :twisted:



Pneumatic wheels to get it in and rail wheels for display 8) Or a hirail skip :P

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:52 am
by Gavin Sowry
Gavin Sowry wrote::shock: Only 11 weeks to the Lower Hutt Exhibition :roll: :roll:


:? Bad vibes on the presentation front on this one.... we're stuck in the cafe, with the servery as a backdrop.

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 8:11 am
by DCRfan
Gavin Sowry wrote:
:? Bad vibes on the presentation front on this one.... we're stuck in the cafe, with the servery as a backdrop.


Not to mention the effect on our waistlines (or is that wastelines :roll: )

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:09 am
by Imagineering
DCRfan wrote:
Gavin Sowry wrote:
:? Bad vibes on the presentation front on this one.... we're stuck in the cafe, with the servery as a backdrop.


Not to mention the effect on our waistlines (or is that wastelines :roll: )


So the Chocolate Mine & Factory will be in its element then?

JAFA's anyone ????

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:31 am
by Gavin Sowry

Posted: Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:52 am
by elcamo
i agree with this seeing a super detailed layout which took months even years of work is ruined by not spending the 15 bucks and 10 minutes to at least apply a skirt to the layout.........

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:46 am
by Gavin Sowry
8) Well, it's all been worth it...... DCRfan, and myself, feature with our Gn15 displays in the latest issue of 'The Coupler', the national model association magazine over these parts. 8)

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:51 pm
by Dave Westall
Congratulations :!: :!: :!:

Dave

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:26 am
by DCRfan
Gavin Sowry wrote:8) Well, it's all been worth it...... DCRfan, and myself, feature with our Gn15 displays in the latest issue of 'The Coupler', the national model association magazine over these parts. 8)


I hope they got my good side :shock:

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:50 am
by Steve Bennett
Well done, more publicity for the cause :wink:

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:13 am
by KEG
Last weekend the Arge Schmalspur had an exibition in the wagon hall of the Selfkantbahn (Metre Geuge)

Norbert Kuechen from Aachen showed his Gn15 sand and gravel layout.

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I could not resist, to park a few of my models there for a little time.

Most of the visitors had never heard of Gn15 or 15 Inch / Zoll railroads.
But some of the visitors mumbled, that´s something they ´d like to try this winter. I think, it is the seize of the buildings in relation to the tiny rolling stock, which amazes the onlookers.

Have Fun

Juergen

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:10 pm
by Glen A
Looks nice.
Also meets my #1 rule of module building; layouts should always be higher than they are wide.
That gives an instant WOW factor.

Posted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:58 am
by Gavin Sowry
:shock: Thought I'd freshen this thread up, as Simon is lamenting the state of the exhibition scene in certain parts.......

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:23 am
by rue_d_etropal
just seen that barbecue, which gives me an idea. As its end of summer, lots of cheap portable barbecues around. Wonder if one could be turned into a small pizza style layout. :lol:

just found this on ebay
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PORTABLE-BLACK-BARREL-BARBECUE-BARBEQUE-BBQ-ROCA-/220776396854?pt=UK_Home_Garden_BBQ_s_Accessories_LE&var=&hash=item79149a7d3d

or this
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Folding-Portable-Charcoal-Barbecue-Grill-FREE-BBQ-KIT-/170677334267?pt=UK_Home_Garden_BBQ_s_Accessories_LE&hash=item27bd2970fb

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:39 am
by david colley jnr
Now there's a good idea, simon. Forest to charcoal pit to shed for storage. Little flat wagons and a cobbled together wood powered vertical boilered loco. Oh, if only I wasn't tied up with the 12"-1' stuff... :)

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:00 pm
by rue_d_etropal
I am thinking the 2 half rounds could each contain a board with say a Nissan hut on one end. Each half would then be stored in the barbeque, and joined together on top of the wire mesh. Vaste range of prices for these.
I have also seen a smaller approx 12in by 12in which is very cheap, and could fit a small pizza layout. Argos have a large one on special offer, about 1metre long i think, but the other dimensions are ambiguous, as they don't state the grill size.

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:36 pm
by KEG
I doubt, that model railways in Barbeques will improve the exibition presentations.

Give the paying audience well lit, well built layouts at a comfortable viewing height, and they will be happy and might come back the next year.

Here is a good example of a good exibition: http://www.ardmediathek.de/ard/servlet/content/3517136?documentId=6311896

Ontraxx, Utrecht, NL. This year they had more than 14.000 paying visitors
( 9, 50 €) in three days.

Have Fun

Juergen

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:07 pm
by rue_d_etropal
Not every exhibition layout is presented as well as it could be, but I have also seen some excellent layouts which miss out on something else - entertainment. In particular these are layouts run to timetables, but unfortunately because the railway timetable says one train per hour, then that is all that is seen on the layout. Possibly a bit of an exageration, but not far off.
The difficulty I often have is finding the balance between entertaining the visitors and keeping myself entertained. Quite often setting a challenge, such as a shunting puzzle will work, but make it too simple and I get bored. I then try and get clever, and it doesn't always pay off.
The club/group I am a member of, are custodians of an old OO layout originally built over 25 years ago. Unfortunate time is catching up, as most of thr track is handbuilt, The layout is a 4 track mainline based on Marsden in West Yorks, and because of its size has a lot of wow factor. It is also helped being 4 track, so there is always something moving. We don't have enough members to take it out and exhibit, which is a pity because it has been extremely well received.
By comparison, a 2 track mainline layout does not have enough happening, especially at exhibitions, unless those operating are prepared to work extremely hard, swiching trains.
I don't think people are building as many big layouts as they used to do, and therefore for me layouts which are different and quirky are preferable.
One of the layouts that has influence me was Dave Rowe's original 'Under Milkwood'. I saw it at Central Halls, London, and it was in a dark corridor( I think near where steps came in), and possibly missed by many. Not me, I still have the image of that layout in that part of the hall, impressed on my memory.