kyle 2015: short back and sides...
3 months since last post Actually have been suffering the post exhibition dip, loss of mojo and snowed at work...however, am on hols for a couple of weeks now so might try to make some headway. My two boys also want me to progress their 4mm shelf layout too which I promised I would do.
Following the one day exhibition at Burgess Hill I have now had confirmation of invite to this years Uckfield exhibition which I am rather excited about. One of the main objectives was to give the layout support structure a trim as it was using the system built by my brother for the Paddock Wood layout two years before. That was a longer layout having a fiddle yard at either end.
The overall length was 2500mm and considering the total length of KoL is approximately 1500mm, it was clear that there could be some pruning. I produced some simple diagrams which proved that shaving 500mm off each end would do the job as well as make the support structure lighter and take up less room in the back of the car. To compensate for this I will build a small wooden deck that will sit between the Draper legs and act as a platform to stand on...this will help my youngest son who spent most of the time at the BH exhibition standing on the base supports as this gave him an added 150mm or so to look over the back scene.
I have also been drafting a small flyer leaflet of information that could be sent to exhibition managers if the layout is of interest...This gives an overview of the layout in addition to the space requirements for the set up. I have included the short version here so you can see the modifications, all of which will be hidden courtesy of the black sheet which sits below the layout to complete the display.
I have cut the excess timber off this afternoon and will start to make the lower support structure this week. I am also hoping to start work on a 24/1 conversion having bought a s/h class 24 off e-Bay recently....that and building 5 Stephen Harris 2mmFS mermaid kits
In other news, the layout was recently visited by Chris Nevard...watch this space on that one