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a stay of execution?...

bcnPete

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Good evening,

 

Not had a chance to do any modelling since the exhibition of 11 May 2013 so I guess the next best thing is to think, read and draw about it...

 

You may recall that this layout is on the list to be scrapped when we move back to the UK in a couple of months, all being well.

 

Whilst I have had fun making it...and then remaking it, I have to be ruthless in some of my decision making to set the example in our apartment as we have a lot of pruning to be done...plus we have far too many train projects going on so it would be unreasonable for me to bring them all back.

 

Cut to this weekend back in BCN and I just thought I would have one last look at the layout (its on a shelf high up on the wall so needs me to stand on a table to look at it) and whilst pondering whether I should try and keep the station building (as it took so bloomin' long to build) a slightly mischievous thought entered my head :devil:

 

What if I just stripped it back to the scenic bit, losing the fiddleyard and rear space behind the backscene which make up the 1100 x 260mm IKEA shelf? :O

 

Granted, it wouldn't be operational...but it would pack much smaller and it could also serve to be a photo plank for my 2mmFS (purely Scottish ;)) stuff...which may well expand one day.

 

So, on the morning plane back today, out with the sketchbook to try and see what it would entail...dot dash lines represent the cuts...

 

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And then finding an old photo of the layout I guess it would mean just keeping this much...

 

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Which I thought with a much smaller footprint, could be bubble wrapped and form part of the stuff to keep and could maybe make it along to a 2mmFS event one day as a diorama should it be of interest.

 

So, with this in mind, I might get the saw out next weekend and see what emerges...:D

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Good idea Pete, I'm sure that you would come to regret completely scrapping Kyle, it's too good to go.

 

  Alex.

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I agree Pete, you should keep it, and you never know, it could even form part of a new layout one day. Also gives you an excuse to buy more Scottish rolling stock!

Best regards,

Jeremy

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If it means the difference between scrapping it and keeping it then do it. It does seem a wee shame to introduce it to the saw, though.

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Looks good to me Pete... anything that saves most of this lovely layout/now diorama has to be good. Good use of easyTime too ;-)

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do it you know you want to

I'll get the saw out and if all goes wrong you know what will follow...win win ;)

 

Good idea Pete, I'm sure that you would come to regret completely scrapping Kyle, it's too good to go.

Thanks for your kind words Alex

 

I agree Pete, you should keep it, and you never know, it could even form part of a new layout one day. Also gives you an excuse to buy more Scottish rolling stock!

 

Thanks Jeremy...but as for it forming part of a new layout :nono:

 

Hmm... maybe you could... fit it into a boxfile?

:laugh:

 

From boxfile....to shelf....to boxfile....:no:

 

If it means the difference between scrapping it and keeping it then do it. It does seem a wee shame to introduce it to the saw, though.

Thanks Steve - at least the un scenic bits didn't take as long so less pain...

 

Looks good to me Pete... anything that saves most of this lovely layout/now diorama has to be good. Good use of easyTime too

Thanks Jon - easyTime :laugh:

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Another option might be to sell it, or give it away... If there is a club near to where you are moving to, someone there might want it, and you'd still have some visiting rights.

(Seems the job is going ok, too)

Stu

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The idea of having to stand on a table to view a layout amused me greatly. A wall of layouts and some kind of elevating platform to adjust your height to whichever you wanted to view?

Your plan is good Kyle would make a good scenic backdrop for photos and reconnecting to a fy someday would be feasible.

 

So we can expect to see you at Wallingford with Kyle tucked under your arm?

 

Don

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I agree with the majority, it would be a shame to loose it altogether, and great as a backdrop for photography. Find a shelf and keep it

 

Richard

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Another option might be to sell it, or give it away... If there is a club near to where you are moving to, someone there might want it, and you'd still have some visiting rights.

(Seems the job is going ok, too)

 

Thanks Stu - Yes, am enjoying the job...less opportunities for modelling now but that's life...

 

I did mention in my last blog someone had offered to buy it but I declined as the layout never ran as smoothly as I would have liked mainly due the warped boards...plus getting to the electrics would be a nightmare.

 

So for me a non working plank for pics might be the kindest option...

 

The idea of having to stand on a table to view a layout amused me greatly. A wall of layouts and some kind of elevating platform to adjust your height to whichever you wanted to view?

Your plan is good Kyle would make a good scenic backdrop for photos and reconnecting to a fy someday would be feasible.

So we can expect to see you at Wallingford with Kyle tucked under your arm?

 

Thanks Don - sadly not as all weekends am in BCN until August...

 

I agree with the majority, it would be a shame to loose it altogether, and great as a backdrop for photography. Find a shelf and keep it

 

Thanks Richard...

 

I have a shelf available but you'll need a wall to put it on. Oh wait...

 

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Hi Pete,

 

agree with above - it cutting it means keeping it then go to it.  Kyle is too good a layout to let go completely even if it just becomes a scenic plank on a shelf.  Maybe an IKEA trip for a suitable display cabinet!! :)

 

Love the sketch of the saw and bins - brilliant!

 

Mike

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agree with above - it cutting it means keeping it then go to it. Kyle is too good a layout to let go completely even if it just becomes a scenic plank on a shelf. Maybe an IKEA trip for a suitable display cabinet!!

Love the sketch of the saw and bins - brilliant!

 

Thanks Mike - It helps me get my head around it when I draw it through like that....

 

...still pushing those IKEA glass cabinets I see :P

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I agree, keep it for the scenery, which is a work of art in itself. I did some dioramas many years ago that I threw out, and have regretted it many times since. 

 

The idea of having to stand on a table to view a layout amused me greatly.

I chuckled at that too. Pete, I think you've taken "eye level viewing height" a bit too far!  :P

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I agree, keep it for the scenery, which is a work of art in itself. I did some dioramas many years ago that I threw out, and have regretted it many times since. 

I chuckled at that too. Pete, I think you've taken "eye level viewing height" a bit too far! 

 

Thanks Mikkel - I'm not joking too :O

 

CJM is on the first tier up needing a chair to get to view it, then the upper tier is both Kyle and my sons 4mm layout...the beauty of shelf layouts... ;)

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