It was Yuji Niwa who presented the Micro Layout Concept in the Narrow Gauge and Industrial Modeling Review (Issue
4). Publisher and editor of that magazine Roy Link picked that idea up with his layout design competition in Issue 5. He asked his readers to design an operating layout in a restricted space for publishing in his magazine. The rules
were: 4 mm scale on a A4 paper (210mmx297mm), 7mm scale on A3
(297mmx297mm) and 16 mm scale on A2 size (420mmx594mm). At least 28
entries came in and some of them were published in The Review.
I saw one of these, the Adit 2, a 7mm scale micro layout built by David Barham, at Expo
NG in Swanley GB. That was really fun and it inspired me. Around
the same time the French Narrow Gauge Modellers club GEMME, of which I
was a member, came with their Micro Reseau Competition. I participated in 1995 with
Van Gelder Zonen Papier, and there it got the Grand Prix. This was also the start of the OSSYNTHS brand because of the public interest that seemed to be aroused bij the sound system of Van Gelder.
The dioramas are not just about narrow gauge industrial trains. The subject is more industrial internal transportation. So there are not only trains but the visitor can also see working conveyers, rotating cages, hydraulic rams, etc. and that all with synchronised sound from the OSSYNTHS systems.
The dioramas are all built in a box and have their own built in lighting system. I built my later dioramas always in a format that could be transported at the backseat of my car and in the magazines I often called them Backseat Diorama.