Does size matter?

Well, the title should get me a few reads, anyway…..

But what I really meant to say was provoked by Martin’s ‘G’ scale electric…


Looking at this locomotive provoked the proverbial ‘train of thought.’  It’s a brilliant model, but I thought about the ‘G’ gauge layouts I had seen recently at shows.  The models were again brilliant, but the layouts were really quite unsatisfying.

Of course, ‘G’ gauge does stand for ‘Garden gauge’, when the train is truly in the landscape, and scenery grows itself.  And strangely, it is more difficult to build scenery in large scales than small.  I think there are three possible reasons for this:

  1. It’s more difficult to add all the detail to be convincing.  In ‘N’ a lot can be left out, and the general scenic impression is still very good.
  2. It’s more difficult to ‘bed in’ large structures to be part of the scenery, especially when they need to be removable to get the layout in a car.
  3. And perhaps most important – lack of movement.  It becomes very obvious that the people and vehicles, the grass, the trees and the livestock are absolutely stationary.  Again, we can get away with that in ‘N’ (although moving vehicles are catching on).

I have seen a few ‘G’ gauge layouts in the model press that beat the above comments.  Perhaps as a relatively young gauge, these concepts haven’t been worked out yet.  But I’ll stick with ‘N’ I think, unless someone releases a set of Pacific Electic interurbans in ‘G’!

And on a different note, I’m pleased to record that I’ve retired from the civil engineering business after 40 years generally enjoyable labour.  I may do the odd day or two to help out, but I’m looking forward to some modelling time – although I may be under pressure to do a lot of jobs about the house!!!

About snitchthebudgie

Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club
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1 Response to Does size matter?

  1. It just becomes harder to hide or fudge detail the bigger the scale as it’s more obvious. Also, what’s the availability of scenic materials like? Doesn’t that limit the realism too?


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