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Old 05-23-2019, 06:34 PM   #21
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Scales Modeled: O right now. HO packed/ small N scale table, G scale for under the Christmas tree.
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WOW......

They would make a great suitcase layout or in a coffee table layout.
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Old 05-25-2019, 09:28 AM   #22
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And finally, a video of the completed layout...

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Old 05-25-2019, 12:00 PM   #23
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Amazing detail for a scale so small. Great work.
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Old 05-26-2019, 03:31 PM   #24
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Superb. Nice job on the backdrop, too.

Hey ... have you thought about incorporating a sound track recording into the scene? Perhaps something tucked under the base. A chug-chug with the occasional train whistle?

Brilliant work, Martin!

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Old 05-26-2019, 08:42 PM   #25
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... have you thought about incorporating a sound track recording into the scene? Perhaps something tucked under the base. A chug-chug with the occasional train whistle? ...
Yes, I have considered it, and it would be easier to do well than if using conventional propulsion. The way the controller works, it already has all the information needed to know exactly where the train is and how fast it is moving, and even identify the loco type and train length from the pattern of magnets passing a sensor at the start of the scenic section. It would need a small computer module with a selection of looped sound-bites (chuff-chuff, carriages rumbling past, and whistles), and then vary the selection and playback speed as required.

However, it would be a fair bit of work to do it properly, and I have already committed to building at least one more similar layout first. So, yet another project to add to the list. I am also generally reluctant to add sound to an exhibition layout, since the sound volume has to compete against other layouts and crowd noise. On the other hand, with the layout and trains so small, viewers have to get very close to get a good look, so a low sound volume might just be workable.
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Old 05-27-2019, 02:25 PM   #26
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Certainly one of the most unique and interesting layouts ever done.
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Old 05-29-2019, 05:58 PM   #27
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and trains so small, viewers have to get very close to get a good look, so a low sound volume might just be workable.
Sound has my vote, Martin! The techno-details you described are way over my head, but ... the idea has merit. Would be a great addition to a masterful layout!

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