A resume of the day yesterday where KoL 2015 had its first exhibition since it was flown over as a box file layout in 2010 - same venue BHMRC one day exhibition.
The first show resulted in a number of changes to be made namely, viewing height, lack of lighting, redoing the back-scene, build the station building, build a fiddle yard, more appropriate rolling stock, general running qualities etc as depicted by the image below:
Following the two makeovers since (the first was to the IKEA shelf, the second removing it from said shelf!) addressed a fair number however the most recent in London tackled the lighting and presentation. I also prepared myself a 3 month programme of activities which was knocked into a final 'to do' list in the last few weeks - this has helped me focus and prioritise the works.
The layout set up was very quick and trains were running before 10:00am concentrating on 3 rakes, passenger, parcels and vans. This was carried throughout the day with help from my youngest son and also Jon020...including our usual 3pm G+T reviver
Overall the layout received some very nice comments and it was really nice that people recognised it and told me stories of visiting the station from days gone by. The main two areas that need attention are the turnout in the station had a few stalls at times which we think might be a power issue and also some DG coupling loops/buffing plates need some height adjustments.
It was nice to see Nigel and David from the 2mmFS Association along with some RMWebbers too.
Overall I was pleased with the exhibition and I have since received my first invite to appear at the Uckfield show on October 17/18 later this year - well chuffed about that.
Here's a couple of pics and I need to think about trying to get a 24/1 and 37/0 to boost the motive power and if I feel brave enough build the 5 Stephen Harris grampus wagon kits I have
Many thanks for all the support and encouragement for the layout in the lead up to the show.