Planning the layout is a very important part, and a very fluid one too. Be prepared to change your layout a few times (even after putting it together!) as your ideas will change all the time. I used a big sheet of paper at first and got the basics down pat – the overall layout. Originally I was going to go with the buildings in the back row, with the train tracks in front. I didn’t even have road baseplates in the mix. I then thought I’d measure it out. The tracks were the parts that weren’t that fluid, so I measured them first and made the rest fit them.
The sets were all planned out, but I still had some MOCs to build to flesh out the display. These were very fluid! I had a few by the time I was finished:
- Outdoor Garden Centre and Coffee Truck
- Building Fire
- Hotdog Stand
- Demolition Zone
The rest was a simple matter of placing the vehicles and demolished buildings in place, and filling the blank spaces with patches of dirt (brown plates of various sizes and shades) and minifig workers.
It was really useful to use the road as well, so I created some quick little barricades and grabbed two of my policemen to guard it.
Ok, that’s it for this part – it’s been a big one! Tomorrow I’ll be finishing it off with transport, setting up and final touches.
Have you ever created something for a display? What was it and what was your design process? Leave a comment below and let us know.
I’ve also created a Flickr album for the display on the BricktasticBlog account, so if you want to have a look at more images, they are all there. I’ve also created one for the MOCs I created for the display. Enjoy!