Monday 3 September 2012

NMRA Convention 2012 - Part 1

I spent an enjoyable weekend on the Central Coast of New South Wales at the Australasian NMRA Convention. The Convention had the usual array of presentations, modelling clinics, and layout tours. Models were on display for assessment for the NMRA achievement program awards. A handful of layouts were also on display; the feature being the latest modelling creation from Messrs Flack and Nott - Smuggler's Cove.

The Smuggler's Cove (On30) layout was presented in a similar style to previous layouts from this partnership. Smuggler's Cove is essentially a set of two joined dioramas with a couple of trains running through them. A third portion of the layout is still to be added. The layout was first exhibited at the recent Castle Hill Model Railway Exhibition in Sydney. The NMRA Convention was fortunate to not only have the layout on display, but to have Messrs Flack and Nott give two presentations on the design and construction of the layout.

Smuggler's Cove is a fictional location in Maine in the New England region of the United States. The model features some superb scratchbuilt structures and magnificent detailed scenery. The layout lighting and general presentation are superb.

The following photographs of Smuggler's Cove show just a taste of this superbly displayed layout.

I will have more to say on the Convention in my next blog post but I wanted to give you a taste of the weekend with some photo's of the Smuggler's Cove layout.

1 comment:

  1. Without doubt the diorama's are the very thing to inspire any person to look at their modelling skills. & while many, & I definately include myself in this category are basic at least & average at best, does make one want to lift their skills to another level, & while it will never get to the level of these two, it does make me want to get more into the art of scratch & kit building/modifications.

    I had an excellent morning at the convention on Saturday, & does also show that being members of the NMRA does have benefits, also belonging to the CCWN group is huge.

    A not too great quality video can be found here for those wanting to view it was taken by a member of the CCWN, who is a very skilled modeller as well.