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« on: November 11, 2010, 05:22:04 PM »

Hi new boy here

I have been modelling for over 57 years, more off than on  with bringing up a family etc, since my heart did a hiccup in 2000 I have had more time for modelling & have developed a system in the garden, Narrow guage, timber/mining/ quarrying/heritage. with the emphasis on more realistic quarry mining scenery, more back ground than buildings.
 I work in 1/12th scale mainly in the garden, which sometimes does not treat fine detail gently, however as I get older & less mobile & enrgetic I am turning  more to thinking finer detail & less output, & more inside layout/ display/diorama.
Been reading some of threads on your forum, and am looking forward to asking questions,  & picking up more tips in this regard, will still be running in the garden though
 
Some fantastic modelling on there, hope to benefit more from being able to participate

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2010, 07:32:24 PM »

Don,

We all get old and slow down in some aspects but continuing to model should help keep our minds alert.

I don't do outdoor railroading here in Alaska but do enjoy large scale.

There was an article in the Gazette about 25 years ago on a guy who did an indoor layout in 1" scale.  He had some great ideas and he was having fun.

Quarries are seldom modeled but they are very common in real life and the equipment can be very interesting.

We look forward to seeing your progress.

Have fun and party on, Dude!

Darryl Huffman
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2010, 08:06:25 PM »

Don,  Welcome to the Forum Smiley   Have a good time and enjoy.         Craig H   AKA.....The Gas Station Fanatic Roll Eyes
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2010, 09:44:07 PM »

Welcome aboard!
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2010, 01:06:52 AM »

Hi All
Thanks Darryl, always been a physically active outdoor man most my working life, so heart prob & then Chronic fatigue was s o frustrating. But I must say that working round my physical handicaps, has helped me cope with initial feelings of being on the scrap heap, my modelling efforts, tho coarse by standards on here ( 10ft perspective?)  Grin   Grin have given me a sense of achievment & satisfaction, even tho they are virtually unimportant in the wider scenario of life in general. its not just the actual modelliong that keeps my mind alert but seeing things & thinking, "that would look good/unusuall when depicted in miniature"
Oh yes if I am not having fun I question why & how I am doing something & regroup so as to speak.
Having as a lorry driver been in several westcountry quarries over the years I have noticed lots of detail that has influenced my efforts to depict them in model form

Hi Craig thanks, I think I have a pic for you, guessing here but 1920s 30s Filling station in Devon, just had to stop & photo when driving by it,
My first real job was working in a similar establishment
well it eludes me at the mo, will put it up later

Hi Ray thanks
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2010, 03:15:23 AM »

When I published Outdoor Railroader and heard about the "ten foot rule" I suggested everyone replace it with the "ten inch" rule. I still think it's a good idea and it might be more consistent with the approach of these forums. -- Russ
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2010, 04:38:56 AM »

When I published Outdoor Railroader and heard about the "ten foot rule" I suggested everyone replace it with the "ten inch" rule. I still think it's a good idea and it might be more consistent with the approach of these forums. -- Russ

Thats really what this change of direction is all about, while I have built individual rolling stock with working doors door catches etc, most of the wagons were shall we say, quantity rather than quality, being cash poor & time rich I have concentrated on scratch building sufficient wagons to look reasonable overall running behind my Garratt.

Now I have the challenge of upgrading existing stock/ building some new,   that looks good with the camera on macro ( which is 4" on my present camera) AND is robust enough to survive use in the garden
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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2010, 04:53:03 AM »

Glad you made it Don  Grin Grin
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2010, 08:56:00 AM »

Welcome Don!
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2010, 12:07:57 PM »

Thanks Gordon, Thanks Chuck

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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2010, 09:51:59 PM »

Man I love a well-aged garden railway with the track on the ground and moss on the roadbed. Established plants, elevation changes, etc. Please more pictures. And welcome aboard Don.


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« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2010, 01:36:32 AM »

Thanks John

Moss in the road bed??



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« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2010, 02:24:18 AM »

So .  .  . trying to acheive "mission statement"
viz
"" that looks good with the camera on macro ( which is 4" on my present camera) AND is robust enough to survive use in the garden ""

With a leaning towards that earlier this year I did a batch of wagons. Now with a low reserve of energy due to the CF, I built one with fully opening doors for photo shoots & the rest without
in a bad week I also loose interest quickly as well as suffer from a lack of available energy [ I mention that, not as a sob story but so you can understand the reasons behind the way I do things ] So projects have to progress rapidly to completion (or 90% completion  Smiley )
Wagon No. 95   only partially weathered  as yet. sorry that is not a very crisp pic see if I can get some comparison shots outside later if it stops raining


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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2010, 02:43:22 AM »

I love the way that outside, things weather and mature progressively in resonse to a preset specific set of circumstances, moisture or lack of, shade from burning sun or lack of it, shelter from drying/ burning winds  as here,
Disused Quarry? Has its own eco-climate? surrounded 85% by 48 - 60 inch cliffs

Ok so the figure lets it down, I did not have a fully sculpted worker to hand, just the semi action type man that is good for adjustable posing ( always making excuses this guy!!)


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« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2010, 05:12:16 AM »

Ok so 11 am on a November day & its not raining & its not cold & theres no wind, how good is that
So  outside with camera, comparison of wagons No. 95 & 87


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