Terry Bendall wrote:
jim s-w wrote: I hope we don't go down the route of inviting a guest layout for the sake of it.
The style of the layout is similar to others but the reasons for inviting the layout were to do with presentation, lighting effects, a modified automatic coupling and smooth operation as well as fine model making. All of those qualities are of course present in other layouts and in the last 10 years we have had some of them at Scaleforum both in P4 and in other scales/gauges. We have not always had a guest layout and what happens in the future will not be my call.
Good model-making is good model-making in any scale or gauge, and is always worth studying, even if the subject is the North Hebridean Light Railway. I was looking forward to seeing Shelfie 2, but maybe another time (maybe Railex, Mr Bigcheeseplant?).
I have always found the guest layout at Scaleforum a welcome addition to the mix of layouts at this event . I hope the new Scaleforum team may continue to invite a good example each year, whether 2mm, 3mm, 00, EM, S, or 7mm scale. (And let's not dismiss a layout out-of-hand just because the track is not built to allegedly 'finescale' standards.)
I am still looking forward to this weekend, as always.