Lawrence’s HO helix update

Lawrence has been in touch again. You may remember him from his HO helix post.

Well, I have to say, I do love his stuff – you can tell he has a lot fo fun with his layout:

“Hi Al

Another Update. As a member of the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism = recreation of the middle ages) I was thrilled when I found out that the Renaissance Faire was coming to town.

There are companies that are starting to make Ren Faire stuff but not on the market yet. So, it is time to ad-lib from what I have see by going to the Ren Faire myself.

The first picture is the clearing of the field and setting the boundary. The second picture shows the walls in place, made from food scurs. The shields are pictures from the web on thin styrene. Most of the devices I recognize from registered devices from Baronies, Shires, and Cantons in the SCA. The third picture shows the entertainers arriving and a food court set up for them. Now we see the full Ren Faire set up for the customers. With some of the entertainers practicing their art (dancing and jousting).

The Ren Faire is officially OPEN. Customers are arriving with the police helping to direct traffic.

The Ferrier shop in the picture has been shut down and the Ferrier is now available for the jousting horses as needed.

The motorcycle club arriving is the Booze Fighters, the oldest motorcycle club.

Picture number 6 shows customers arriving and starting to enjoy the festivities. But to get in they have to pay and get their hands stamped with an ink device. To allow them to leave and reenter the same day without paying again. The shack just inside the entrance checks for the hand stamps.

Now the fun begins. In the eighth picture people are seen to wander around in normal street clothes, Renaissance garb and even SCA (medieval) garb. The multiple attractions are the jousting, dancing, food, mead, and of course turkey wings. The next picture is a close up of the jousting. The jousting poles are actually balsa wood so that they shatter on impact with minimal damage. Then there is the general area for the food and mead. You can order at the counter or be served at a table. The kiosk in the rear of the picture sells the turkey wings. The last picture shows the dancers, usually to an Irish tune.


A huge thanks to Lawrence – I do love it when I see his name pop up in my inbox. Over the months he’s sent in quite a number of posts, and I hope he keeps them coming too.

And now on to Dangerous Dave. I know I post a lot of his stuff but it’s just that if I start watching something, and find myself watching all of it, I generally post it. I don’t know what it is about Dave’s layout, but it seems to get me everytime:

“Bit of fun running for the weekend Al, tried to name each one for those not knowing which type is which…



Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

That’s a lot of locos Dave’s got there. Great to watch.

That’s all for today folks.

Thanks to everyone.

And please don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going on your own fab layout.



11 Responses to Lawrence’s HO helix update

  1. NJ Mark says:

    Fabulous detail at the Renaissance Faire! I really loved the food and drink area with the picnic tables. Great video as always, Dave! Cheers! NJ Mark

  2. Tony Bruno says:

    Very nice! I especially like all the traffic and people- well done!

  3. Margaret says:

    I love this! I’ve received criticism from modelers about my layouts because I use fantasy elements. Like a fairy garden layout etc. but I did think that my layout where supposed to be fun and represent my interests?

  4. Corrie says:

    What is the average width of your “shelf”. The reason why I asked is because the background give it a lot of depth, which make it difficult to judge the width.

    thank you

  5. I totally agree! This is a hobby where you have FUN! You can choose to, or NOT, have a layout any scale you want. I have been working on my own layout starting in 2009 about a year after buying the house where my wife and I live. After surviving stage 4 cancer and the subsequent fatigue from the chemo and radiation work just doesn’t move along as fast as before. The story behind my layout is the local limestone quarry, which is the major employer, after many years came across a coal seam that turned out to be a major find. Now the company uses most of the same equipment and buildings and didn’t have to layoff any of its workers.
    Norm Lawrence in York, PA

  6. John Frye says:

    I love the idea and modeling of the Renaissance Faire, what a clever little interest point! It also takes up an “odd” shaped space on the layout. Fun too!
    John from Baltimore

  7. My shelf is 2ft. 6ins either side …..hope that helps …Dave

  8. John says:

    In my view you can’t show enough of Dangerous Dave. Keep ’em coming!

  9. Lawrence of Dusseldorf – A neat idea and a fun enterprise. Lots to look at . I was thinking more of turkey legs, than wings, the but wings work just as well.
    I am sure you had fun with this, and that is what is all about. Thanks for sharing.

    Dave, another winner. l appreciated the equipment information, I think my fave is the Deltic. Do you have a pacific style there?

    MN Dan

  10. Brian Rockey says:

    Very, very creative Lawrence – excellent!
    Great video as always Dave.
    Best to all.
    Brian, Wokingham, UK

  11. George Zaky says:

    Bravo! What a fabulous theme and awesome scene. What fun ! We all know how much work and patience it took to make this presentation. You have enlightened us big time and I for one thank you so much for the time and effort. I’ll keep looking at this one.
    Margaret commented about Nay sayers on her fantasy elements. Tell them – Wake up Dudes-its all fantasy. My HO is a comic theme & not acceptable to the serious & dull. It’s all about creativity!!!
    DD- what can I say except it just dawned on me that you have brought your talent show to me for at least 4 years now and I consider you a friend even though I never met you. I know every square inch of your master piece and I lighten up when you’re on.
    Big Al
    Gracias Amigo

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