Don't laugh too hard...It's my first attempt!

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by Nazgul, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

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    Steve...What more can be said that hasn't been said yet..?? I think, maybe...AWESOMER & AWESOMER...!!! FANTASTIC JOB..!!

    I buff the windows on the OUTSIDE (with fine steel wool) to prevent that see-through look, and since I put lights in my buildings, it softens the illumination.

    Keep up the goodest work..!!
  2. ocalicreek

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    Steve - great work all round! You could try this: Put a drop of steel gray, black and mebbe silver on a plate and dip the brush in all three. Then use that to 'rim' your windows for an effect with a little variation in it.

    Gus - outstanding tip on the steel wool. I've used the dull cote before and man, it stinks! Especially if you're spraying it up into a building's interior. Definately do so in a well-ventilated area! But the steel wool is odorless, a distinct advantage!

    Keep up the good work, Steve, I'm really enjoying seeing the progress!
  3. steamhead

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    Naturally, I buff the acetate sheet before cutting out the windows and gluing them into the frames. I also use light difussers so the bulb doesn't stand out as a bright spot inside. Night operations with the buildings lit up brings another dimension to the trains.

    I wired up the room lights so I can dim them so the layout illumination stands out and still lets you see the trains.
  4. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

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    Kurt...thank you:thumb:...I saw some windows open in many of the prototype pics I've been pouring over and thought it would help it look a little less "generic".

    Gus...thank you for the extremely kind words:oops::thumb:. If I would have known about using steel wool, I would have done it that way (and in the future, I will:winker:) however, the open windows won't stand up to that...so I'll take it outside and use the dullcoat.

    Galen...Thank you:thumb: and I will try your paint suggestion.:thumb:

    I have been really busy with work and the kids starting school, so I haven't gotten a chance to get anything done...hopefully this weekend or during the week.

    Take care:wave:
  5. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

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    Steve, I enjoyed your video :thumb:. Moving your camcorder around your layout adds a nice 3D effect you won’t have in still pics.... Oh, I must not forget, greetings to your dad :wave:.
  7. ocalicreek

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    Great video, Steve! Thanks for the mention (blush).
  8. CNWman

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    Nice video! Plus you FINALLY got those stairs! I'm curious, though, as to whatever happened to the other mine?
  9. Nazgul

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    Thanks guys!:thumb::thumb:

    I thought about canibalizing it....but I think I'll re-paint it and see if i can make it presentable.
  10. CNWman

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    Hey, come to think of it, what was that mine anyway, scratchbuilt, kitbashed, or just assembled kit?
  11. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

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    I bought it "as is" from a train show...it was from an estate sale. It was kitbashed from Walthers New River Mine......it needs a lot of work but it should be fun to try and make it look better up close
  12. UP SD40-2

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    Steve:wav: , since I'm dial up i usually don't take the time to view movies posted, just takes forever:frowns: , but i bit the bullet and watched yours:winki: , FANTASTIC JOB!:thumb::thumb::thumb: and your camcorder takes AWESOME quality movies too!:winki::mrgreen:
    :bravo: Steve, :bravo: :mrgreen:
    :deano: -Deano
  13. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

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    Deano...thank you buddy:thumb:....I have broadband and it still took forever to download:curse:.

    I am going to be out of town for about a week so I won't be posting for at least that long.............I think:winker:
    I hope everbody has a nice Labor Day weekend....or just a great regular weekend if you don't have a "Labor Day" where you are:winker::thumb:

    Take care everybody:wave:
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    nice video, the waterfall looks even better. Good job :)
  15. steamhead

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    Finally got to see your video (I'm at work..!!). It changes the whole notion of your layout when it's seen "live", with a greater prespective of the layout as a whole and not just individual scenes which we get when looking only at pictures...
    Great job..!! Keep us updated.
    Very "professional" video..BTW.
  16. wickman

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    Nice job on the video Steve. What kind of program did you use to edit it ? I have a video with a train running I attempted with my digi camera and when I get time and clean up the layout a bit more I'm going to do a good one or at least attempt it. Speaking of which errr ah I didn't see a train in the video:twisted:
    So whats next on the agenda? Are you going to be palnting any trees ? Was also thinking , well at least on my layout my tunnel portals are rock just like yours and have been thinking of doing some modifications and making some rickety wood portals , not to hold banks back but just to keep the rocks from falling down onto the tracks , what da you think Steve any thoughts on this subject.
    Darn was I thinking out loud again :wave:
  17. CNWman

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    Hey Steve, lookie at what I found: Mine Train at Yesterland
    Now look at the upper left picture. Replace 'sisters' with 'rivers' and gee, the name seems afully simmilar... :D
  18. viperman

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    Steve, guess who finally came back to read up some on The Guage! I had a lot of problems logging in when the server first got switched, but seems to be ok now.

    All I can say...you have done some great work on the layout since I was here last.
  19. Nazgul

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    Stephen...thank you!:thumb:
    Gus...Glad you liked it!:winker::thumb:
    Lynn...I used "Windows Movie Maker" to edit it.......still learning:winker:
    To answer your other questions: I do plan on adding trees and I really need to make them while the warm weather holds out. the timber portals I used are the Woodland Scenic ones...I love the look of them, however, I think scratch-building some would be pretty easy and then you can make them exactly the way YOU want them! Great Idea!:winker:

    Here's Woodland Scenics' timber (plaster) portal after paint:

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    CNWman...That is too cool!:thumb::mrgreen:...thanks for sharing.
    Steven...glad to have you back!...and thank you!:thumb::thumb:


    I have not done anything....just got back home a few days ago..........I'll try and get moving again:winker:

    Take care:wave:
  20. wickman

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    Wow I casn't believe its plaster :thumb: