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Old 13-11-2017, 09:44 PM   #11
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What is a standard height for a layout? My layout is 75cm (Just less then 30") as it is a compromise between the foldable leg height (As they fold into the layouts frame so can't be made any longer) and what I can comfortably sit under with a standard chair.
I have seen quite a few layouts set too high. Some only slightly, but one was set at just below my eye level in height. I hardly got to see it. It was an end to end GWR layout operated from the front, and what made matters worse was the young man operating it was following the train with his head so no one could see it, and when I went to say a few friendly words he ignored me and carried on driving his train with his back to me and others wanting to view it.
One thing that stood out to me was that some of the best layouts I liked were not the ones that found their way into the magazines. I was actually dissapointed with some as they looked amazing in the pictures in the magazines, but in the flesh they didnt have the same appeal. Some were good though.
An exhibition layout is in a different world to what works in a magazine. At an exhibition, entertainment value is what appeals as much as visual effect. In a magazine it is the visual effect that is key.

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One thing that stood out to me was that some of the best layouts I liked were not the ones that found their way into the magazines. I was actually dissapointed with some as they looked amazing in the pictures in the magazines, but in the flesh they didnt have the same appeal. Some were good though.
An exhibition layout is in a different world to what works in a magazine. At an exhibition, entertainment value is what appeals as much as visual effect. In a magazine it is the visual effect that is key.
The thing about magazine featured layouts is that they can place the camera at positions and angles that as a punter you can never achieve. This can really make a layout look good. I remember when Amalgamated Wagon Works was featured my comment to Ben was it looked better than the real thing, then again that is the photographers art.

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If I have spent hundreds of man hours or in the case of a club thousands and several thousand pounds building a layout, I am hardly going to display it 2ft from the ground so that kids can get a better view than adults.
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If I have spent hundreds of man hours or in the case of a club thousands and several thousand pounds building a layout, I am hardly going to display it 2ft from the ground so that kids can get a better view than adults.
I may have mentioned being swamped with young kiddies once, all grabbing my trains and carrying them off to play with... It was all due to a missunderstanding with my sister in-law when she thought what I made was for kids to play with. She had asked me to bring my models and my part built layout to a church event. Then during the event she announced "Would all children go to the back where there are trains for you to play with!"
One parent when I tried to tell him my trains were not made for little hands and that it would probably cost over 100 to have one made if I'd not made it myself, didnt think that sort of price was high for a kids toy, so I couldn't win! All I could do was keep fetching my trains back and try to get them interested in pushing some of my more durable tin bodied waggons along the track... (I make sure my tin bodies have all edges protected, usually by folding over). It was fun though. I just wasn't prepared... I could have done with back up! Was such a blessing my layout had no scenery and just a semicircle of track!
I only had one casualty. Loco number 2 suffered a broken step. Not fixed it yet.

Looking back at the event I would have loved to have trains for them to enjoy as their faces and delight in trains was so much fun... Maybe if I make a board for cheap battery trains to run on they would be thrilled!

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