28 July 2010

Organized Chaos and Chaos Organized

A diesel locomotive rolls past a 19th century plantation on Pennlug's 2009 Brickfair layout.
Pennlug's 2010 layout plan is viewable in Cale Leiphart
's Flickr stream.

I'm not going to try to hide the fact that I'm a town builder. Cityscapes and busy streets catch my fancy, so much of the coverage of Brickfair that I provide will center around this particular theme. And Brickfair this year promises to offer up some new and interesting town creations. First, Pennlug will be showing off more of their modular street standards, seen en force at Brickmagic earlier this summer. The standard features brick-built roads, integrated trolley lines and simple yet effective track ballasting. For those of you who just had your eyes glaze over, I apologize. I assure you, it's exciting.

Where Pennlug will be offering structure and minute planning, Wamaltc will offer up a good chunk of on-the-fly organization. This year's layout plan, designed by Tony Perez, offers a good deal of open space to place MOCs, large and small, for optimal public viewing. Wamaltc's layout at Brickfair becomes an amalgam of both club members and local AFOLs, with a healthy smattering of 'Fair participants and attendees lending to the layout to create an exciting hybrid city.

All of this is a long means of saying that, as we wade into Brickfair, expect a good deal of town coverage here in the pages of Brick Notes, including MOC highlights and overall reviews of the layout offerings.

NB: I've also received confirmation from the organizers that, yes, wifi will be available in the conference facility as part of Brickfair's rental agreement with Dulles Expo Center, so expect a healthy smattering of coverage of the event throughout the weekend and a good deal of "on-the-fly" Flickr uploads to my photostream.

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