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 on: February 18, 2018, 10:35:40 PM 
Started by mad gerald - Last post by Ray Dunakin
That looks great, Gerald!

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 on: February 18, 2018, 05:16:39 PM 
Started by Peter_T1958 - Last post by Bill Gill
The ladders and railings are looking good.

...the ripples, caused by currents are only visible from a certain angle
Peter, That is also true in full sized rivers. I have seen water that looked still and almost like glass from one angle, but from another direction it was obvious the water was moving. Your viewers will explore every part of your terrific model, they will see the water ripples when they look around.

...the water. It's too clear, a slight opacity would be more realistic. Here is an additional need to improve something.
I would be very cautious before trying to make that water look slightly more opaque. I think at this point with the transparent water already poured in place that if you attempt to put a thin coating on top it will look like a semi opaque layer of pollution floating just on the surface of the river. If you make the water completely opaque, that can work, but then you will loose the wonderful effect of seeing the stones in the shallow water unless you are very careful how and where you blend from opaque to transparent. Practice on a new piece of similar transparent water to see what the effect looks like. To me the photo of the greener water on the right does not seem too transparent from that angle. A lot will depend on the direction(s) of your lighting.

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 on: February 18, 2018, 02:35:58 PM 
Started by Peter_T1958 - Last post by finescalerr
Is it possible you are too familiar with the model, looking at it a little too closely, and are therefore too critical of your own work? -- Russ

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 on: February 18, 2018, 02:33:35 PM 
Started by mad gerald - Last post by finescalerr
I really like how that turned out. Very clever and attractive. -- Russ

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 on: February 18, 2018, 11:28:39 AM 
Started by Peter_T1958 - Last post by Peter_T1958
I got a little time in and worked on the brass ladders. As Volker suggested (and in the absence of any alternative), I soldered it piece by piece. Countless attempts failed in the past month and there are more then one burn marks on my desk! To hold the tiny parts, I had to create or modify some appropriate clothespinds. As you might expected, there are still a lot of ladders to do - huh! I notice now, the supports In the last photo look a bit corpulent, but this is a question of perspective as you may see comparing with the other pic.

 

Towards the end of my projects imperfections catch one's attention more and more. In the current project, it's the water. It's too clear, a slight opacity would be more realistic. Furthermore, the ripples, caused by currents are only visible from a certain angle. Here is an additional need to improve something.
(The black frame is added on the PC!)



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 on: February 18, 2018, 11:05:30 AM 
Started by mad gerald - Last post by Bill Gill
Gerald, I know this was not your intent, but that layout would make a most enjoyable kitchen cabinet: Open the door and the locomotive brings out a cart with some item that you were searching for Smiley  Seriously, though, the box frames the layout nicely.

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 on: February 18, 2018, 08:30:19 AM 
Started by mad gerald - Last post by SandiaPaul
Another person here that loves this forum. I don't participate much(I'm doing a different kind of modeling these days) but I look in nearly every day. Its my one connection to "model railroading" that I still pay attention to.

Paul

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 on: February 18, 2018, 08:09:40 AM 
Started by mad gerald - Last post by mad gerald
I did not like the DIY wooden box anymore and decided to use a matching box (from the well-known swedish home-center) for the shelf. It turned out to be a little tricky, to achieve a clean and propper cutout with only very simple tools. The alingment of the layout itself has to be adapted (now in line with transverse side), but it's only a mock up at the moment anyway.




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 on: February 17, 2018, 02:39:37 PM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by finescalerr
A very good and important modification. It really pulls together the scene. And add me to the list of those who like the tunnel effect you have created. -- Russ

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 on: February 17, 2018, 02:51:13 AM 
Started by 1-32 - Last post by Hydrostat
This is going to be something!

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