P-K Acquires L&N #99

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  1. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Sparky gets to run some empties down the line before she hits the paint shop, as little Mack pushes a flat down the old Shamus Forest loggers siding.

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    Other than you are in the wrong scale :D :p :D that is looking good Jon. What is the mountain made of??? :thumb:
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    Balou Foam :D

    The spot behind Mack is magic foam insulation, which I didn't care for the results of.

    Balou foam carved with nichrome wire held between the gargantuan aligator clips on a big battery charger :D
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    jon-monon Active Member

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    Geeze mike, how the heck do ya spect me to make critters than actaully run in N scale ?!?!? :D :D :D The 15 ton Mack is a little to big, thinkin' bout a 7 ton plymouth :D :D :D
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    jon-monon Active Member

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    I'm learning the new camera, quadrupled exposure time to 10 sec. I understand all the settings and features, but still learning how to get the results.

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    jon-monon Active Member

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    :p

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    enuff fer tonight! :D

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  8. Drew Toner

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    New Camera!!

    I like the first shot Jon:D :D :D besides the 'magic foam';) ;) ;)

    Kidding about 'just' leaving the shutter open four times longer?:confused: :confused: :confused:

    :wave:
    Drew
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    That's a nicely abused gon. :thumb: How did you do it?
    George
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    Thanks guys.

    Yup, the first shot was 2 1/2 sec and the next ones were 10 sec, all F8 ISO 50, regular flourescnet lighting. No adjustments after the fact except crop/resize, and the first one I did some magic to finish some unfinished foam and to extend the backdrop :D

    The gondo is an old tyco cheapie and I have 6 or 8 more to batter. I basically took a heated scribe and gouged it up and heated the plastic to press in the dents. I burned through and had to "weld" in the patch in the middle. Weathering is covered here:

    http://www.the-gauge.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3849&highlight=*johnny*

    By the time you add decent trucks, wheels and couplers, there probably isn't a huge savings over using a newer quality gondo, but it's a lot easier to take a micro torch to the $2 ebay special!
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    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Nice! I like the beat up gon too. Time for me to get out the torch! :)
    Ralph
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    Looks great Jon, I also really like the way your track looks, old and poorly maintained ballasting, (is it still called ballast if there is no ballast left?? hmmm).
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    Great stuff Jon!
    Love the locos & rolling stock (especially that banged-up gon :cool: )
    Your trackwork & scenery look fantastic! :thumb:
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    jon-monon Active Member

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    Thankyou fine gentlemen. I moved this over tp photography, because it started as a looky at what I bought thread, and turned into me thinking out loud about photography and sharing my experimental photo's.

    I bought some 150 watt hallogens to experiment with. First off, I shot a set of pics with the same overhead flourescents as last nights rounds, same settings, but 3.2, 5 and 8 seconds exposures. I thought 10 seconds was too bright. Here is the 8 sec., which I thought was best on my monitor.

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    Now I set up the two halogen lamps, and tried different white balance settings. All are at two sec exp time. I did 12, and 4, but the 2's look best to me. This on is with the setting left at "Flourescent". BTW, the overhead flourescents are left on in addition to the flood lamps.

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    Next, I set it to "auto"

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    And finally, "tungsten"

    I'm not sure which I like best, it depends on my mood :D There are custom settings to play with as well.

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    Now how did that Dansk lokey make it to Shamus Forest :D :D :D

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    Nice shots Jon,

    I vote for the Auto setting first, tungsten second.

    Better get out the weed killer that hillside really took off:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
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    jon-monon Active Member

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    Thankyou, Drew, that's good to know, because I'm slightly color blind (no joke). Also my monitor was getting real bad. I've spent most of the weekend rebuilding my old PC, had a catastrophic fail, one power supply and both hard drives are as dead as it gets. One drive let out a cloud of smoke after I replaced the power supply! Anyway, I plugged my newer linux machine in it's place, and with it's higher resolution, I soon realized how poopy my old monitor was getting, completely out of focus and faded. I've reassigned it to the shop for testing and building PCs. RIP. Now I can see the pictures!

    I think it was the light :D :D :D