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Offline gc4946

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #105 on: June 07, 2015, 09:40:56 pm »
I'm working on a graphic design policy for Fisherlea.

The layout is supposed to represent specific eras from 1967 to 2008. However I would have to invest in a lot of different signage to cover this timespan as typefaces and designs changed over the years.

For simplicity, I've decided each area will be devoted to a specific era.
I can only focus on a small part of the layout at one time and even my posed photos of vehicles only cover a tiny fraction of the whole layout, so I can screen out any historical anomalies quite easily.

Fawcett Industrial Estate will represent the noughties. The company names are in typefaces representing that era, including fictitious web addresses.

Burge's Café and Devine N'Lightenment shop will represent the 1970s.

If one chooses a typeface carefully, the style can span several decades. Camilleri's Ristorante will appear in the Mistral typeface which first appeared in the 1950s and is still used nowadays. It's got a contemporary edge and has a timeless, yet discreet appearance.
I've also designed rebranded contemporary logos featuring the Italian flag should I wish to change things around.

Station signs and other railway infrastructure name boards will be in BR rail alphabet style.

The art deco office (Connaught House) will use Times Roman signage as it conveys the idea of being upmarket and can also span several decades.





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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #106 on: October 12, 2015, 07:19:01 pm »
My apologies for not posting anything lately on this topic.

For most of the summer, I've been developing ideas based on Kato Unitrack's geometry in case I may not have room to stack a layout board away in the future
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16430.0

I've just signed a new tenancy agreement and work's resuming on Fisherlea, with some important changes:

1. This layout will focus exclusively on the last week of Southern Region steam in July 1967, and rail blue from 1974-85.

2. All post-1985 prototype models featured so far on this topic, will in future be represented on my Kato Unitrack-based modules.

I'm partially remodelling the factory/warehouse area to include one large undercover distribution and transhipment facility (to be called Wright Moves) but the Brooks & Quaintance building supplies unit (the smaller factory unit) will remain.



A rake of wagons has arrived via the train ferry at Dover awaiting shunting and unloading.



I had to own a Bulleid design loco, however, by July 1967, there were only two streamlined locos in service, 34023 Blackmore Vale and 34102 Lapford, so a rebuilt version was more appropriate, 34089 602 Squadron (UK Farish model) lasted until the end of steam.



 

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #107 on: July 10, 2016, 08:00:32 pm »
For the following reasons I've now dismantled this layout:

1. I've reached a tipping point stage with my Kato modular layout project http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16430.0
which from now on will be my layout focus because it gives more flexibility in how I set up and dismantle my layouts.
Should I move home again, I can store layout sections in boxes which also protects my efforts, instead of having to arrange specialist transportation.

2. The board featured 225mm/9 inch curves which doesn't suit quite a lot of current British N gauge locos.

3. Its all-plastic board, actually intended to be an outdoor table, dips in the centre by about 17mm when I checked against a straight edge and although I designed the layout to overcome this design issue, it ultimately constrained me by what I could actually model - e.g. no track could be laid in the centre and had to hug the outer, flatter parts of the board.
(BTW I've owned this table top since 2007)

However ...

I'm keeping all stock, buildings and vehicles acquired, modelled or in the process of construction and will incorporate them into my Kato modular layout scheme.

I'm also keeping many of my straight pieces of Fleischmann track, in particular their points, because they're shorter than their Kato equivalents, and future plans will include modules interfacing their track with Kato.

I want to keep a record of my efforts and hope some are inspired to do something similar and learn from my experiences in using different techniques.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2016, 08:03:41 pm by gc4946 »
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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #108 on: July 10, 2016, 08:12:04 pm »
Thanks for the update; looking forward to future developments.

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #109 on: July 11, 2016, 11:18:23 am »
Sometimes you reach a point with a layout where you know it is never going to be quite right.  Better to learn from that and build a better layout than struggle on with something you'll never be happy with. Good luck with the new project.

Richard

 

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