Dear Aussie Modellers,
Slightly O/T, but for all of youse who regularly lament"...all the layouts at the exhibition are the same ones we've seen for years..."
now is a Golden Opportunity. With the major shows down for 2020,
you have a free-kick 12 months to Build New Exhibition Layouts,
ready to Reboot the Exhibition Scene with fresh displays in 2021...
...with many having a "personal hobbyshop" worth of "stuff" stashed away,
and thanks to WFM and "Social Isolation" enforcing more time at home,
we have both the available equipment and time to make a decent "kickstart" on the builds...
...and before anyone says "...yeah, but we can't all build the full-station+environs layout we dream of, (so why even start?)...".
aiming for something that fits in a 4cyl station wagon or equivalent makes small-team/single-modeller exhibiting imminently do-able,
(from N to O2R, and every gauge inbetween, a Subie Outback and similar can hold up-to 4'x3'x2' cubic worth of proscenium layout,
+ layout legs, gig bag of cables/throttle, train-trays, and still have enough room for 2x exhibitor crew and baggage/clothing for a 3-day event)
cuts the "go to whoa" build right down to size in terms of effort and budget,
(2 sheets of Bunnings Knauf foam, maybe Qubelok and Foamcore, or other sheet-material, and you've got a "layout platform" that can host any prototype or freelance Rwy/RR theme one might want to take-on...)
and opens up untold opportunities for _Quality_ (detail, accuracy, "slice of prototype scene")
as opposed to unfocussed, sloppy _quantity_-sized displays...
(can't impress the viewers with detail, accuracy or interesting theme,
so fall-back to bludgeoning them to submission with another dual-main racetrack monster...)
For the mentally adventurous, such a smaller exhibition layout could even be an opportunity to break out of whatever
"...but I've always modelled ..." funk,
and try a slice of modelling something other...
(What "random scale/gauge/theme acquisition" have you got lurking up the back of the modelling cupboard,
that just doesn't fit anywhere in your current home or club-layout modelling world?
You know it's there, you know what it is, here's a chance to make it useful...)
So what say Ye?
Aim to Reboot the Aussie Exhibition Layout Roster,
A Shinkansen-less part.
Of cause getting more scenic items and track for it maybe a chore if I need more, as there's no local stockists for a lot of it.
Doing a track layout has had me going around in circles for months in trying to get things fitting on Bunnings plywood project boards. An N scale train station can take up a surprising amount of space.