Help me with my show layout

Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:17 am

CSD wrote:
ConducTTor wrote:Sooooo, low = good????


How tall are you?


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Re: Display Layout Height

Postby railtwister » Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:11 pm

When we first set up our On30 modules, some members wanted them to be at 4' or higher. However, we had a member who happened to be an excellent modeler, and also was confined to a wheelchair. He pointed out that if we went higher than three feet, he would only be able to see the underside of the layout. Everyone decided to try out the three foot height, and if we decided later that we wanted to go higher, extending or making new legs wouldn't be that difficult. The response from the public was so good, we are still at that height after over six years. We have found that much of the problem with kids touching the layouts set at taller heights didn't occur with our lower layout, because the kids could actually see the layout. They didn't need to stand on their tip toes and try to better support themselves by grabbing the front edge of the layout. Also, several folks in mobility scooters expressed appreciation of the lower height as well.

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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby dileTTante » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:12 am

At the Vancouver show last November one parent remarked that our TT display was the best there simply because it was low enough for his child to see. So I agree with Bill in FtL that low is good. I'm 6ft 4in. but I think the audience is the priority not the exhibitor. Besides, it looks like you're getting a table which already determines the height, unless you're planning something different.

But I also feel it's very important to have the display protected from prying fingers. So far we haven't done that. I'm considering making a low fence of transparent plastic to attach to the front of the display, and painting the lower part of the plastic to serve as a fascia for the bottom of the modules. I hate to discourage children who naturally learn by handling things but our models can make for expensive education and something has to be done.

I also think the choice here to make small layout rather than a module is good. I thought the 'classic' layout from CSD and anotherTTnut was the best thing. Small layouts like that show people what they could do at home in not much space -supposedly one of the advantages of TT scale.

Will the two layouts planned for Atlanta be displayed together or separately?

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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:25 am

Alrighty then. Low it is.

Terry, as far as I know mine is the only confirmed layout right now.
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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby CSD » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:00 pm

dileTTante wrote:... Small layouts like that show people what they could do at home in not much space -supposedly one of the advantages of TT scale...


True. I overhead quite a few comments about the classic layout being something one could do at home.

ConducTTor wrote:Alrighty then. Low it is...


The top of ours was set at 40 inches.
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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:35 pm

40" seems reasonable. Thx


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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:29 pm

Well, now that I got the first question answered I can't remember the others I had.

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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby CSD » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:34 pm

^^^ Don't worry. I have candy, a pointy stick and a thermos.
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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby ConducTTor » Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:53 pm

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Re: Help me with my show layout

Postby CSD » Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:50 am

Just some required supplies needed for a smooth display at the train show. Consult the "Georgia Peach" message I posted you for clarification.
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