P51, I can see those vignettes were crafted with much affection for what you were preserving and commemorating. Very, very good to see.
Thank you very much, Frank.
I think that, like you, some here who have seen enough on my layout probably realize that it's more of an attempt to re-create the looks of where/when my folks grew up and a lifelong desire to create that in miniature than it is "just a layout".
It's not that my work is any more special (or better rendered) than any other layout, though, but I never went into it with the idea of, "Man, I want a layout, let me see what theme I can use for that..." There are plenty of better layouts than mine out there, I just do the best I can and hope folks like (or at least appreciate) the results.
There are plenty of times where I'll go into the layout room, sit on a stool and just look at it for a while, without even flipping the master power switch on. I never realized how much I really wanted this until it started looking like a layout (and not just a Plywood Pacific). and I could just take it in every now and then.
I originally did this about 80% for myself, 15 percent for my parents and family (who I doubt will ever see it in person) and 5% for everyone else. That 5% surprised me with their reactions once I started putting it out into the world (online and in magazines) for others to see.