In defence of the roundy-roundy



You may recall that I have recently been rather critical of continuous run (roundy-roundy) layouts, especially at exhibitions.  The criticism has perhaps been less of the concept, and perhaps more of the fact that there has been a ‘sameness’ between many of the designs.

I’ve continued to think about layout design – in relatively small spaces, not the expanse of amazing layouts like James Street, Copenhagen Fields or Fencehouses – and have come up with some examples of typical ‘types’ of layout.

We’ll start with the working diorama, and Mike Cougill’s newest layout.  This is in Finescale ‘O’ and is 24′ long by 15″ wide.  This isn’t that small in British eyes, but this would be about 7′ long in ‘N’.

There are some interesting ideas here.  The visible section of the layout is only 1/3 of its length, with staging areas at either end.  The aim is not to…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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