Given your stated preferences, it sounds like you would be at home with P4, and 14' x 9' is big enough for a significant layout (although some features may be a bit of a squeeze if you wanted a continuous run).
I'm not sure if you have already joined the Scalefour Society, but presumably you have found
. On here you will find other links to DCC-related sites and all you need to know about the Society (including that the main annual exhibition, Scaleforum, is due to take place in Leatherhead on 27/28 September - a good chance to see, meet and talk). There is also an area group in Plymouth.
Email me direct if you want more information on the Society (I also live in Devon (Torbay)), but good luck anyway with whatever you decide to go with.
In message , michael writes
>I'm looking for some advice for a new setup. My last one was as a kid
>about 25 years ago, and I guess a lot has changed since !!
>I probably (assuming forthcoming spousal agreement) have a room sized
>14'x9' to house the layout. I'm not particularly interested in
>historical accuracy (please don't be mad), but I'm very keen on detail,
>and have been looking at finescale and ScaleFour.
>I think I'll need to go towards 4mm (S4) as I'm not sure *I* would
>manage enough detail in 2mm, my eyes and hands being what they are as I
>passed 30 ;o) I'm also interested in the new Hornby announcement of the
>live steam, although that's not a huge factor. I would like as much
>track as possible in the space though - realism isn't prerequisite,
>detail is. There's absolutely no intention for this to be exhibited. >
>Computer control (via DCC ?) would be a bonus. I'm not up on electrical
>bits, but I can learn ! (I'm very up on Computers though). If not, then
>at least automation wherever possible.
>I used to love modelling, and would obviously want the layout to be
>very carefully modelled, but I would also like something functional -
>Preferably a loop and a complex shunting yard.
>Am I wanting too much here, or is this possible ??
>All suggestions very much welcomed.
>Thanks in advance,
>(Based in Plymouth, Devon)