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Postby Glen A » Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:08 pm

What was the weather like Gavin?
Did you run the garden railway too?
Hopefully someone got some photos to send me for the next Garden Whistle.

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:00 pm

Glen A wrote:What was the weather like Gavin?
Did you run the garden railway too?
Hopefully someone got some photos to send me for the next Garden Whistle.


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Edit... :roll: Check out the G Scale Mad site, John has posted some photos of both Taita Gorge and Haywards Estate (Garden Railway Stories and Photos / Twilight Meet)
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:44 am

Image

:shock: This shot, taken by John Robinson, sort of shows the lighting effect that I'm working on...the light does need to be higher up though. The idea is that just the scene gets lit, that's why I've got the black wavy edges. Trying for a theatrical effect. This shot just used a desk lamp, but ultimately a focused spot from a higher angle will do the job. 8)
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:29 am

Are you aware of the Totternhoe Minerals layout Gavin, currently residing in Tasmania and doing a few shows around Oz. Uses a similar set up to you with the black surround. There are a few pics HERE from before it departed these shores.
Having seen it a few times and then looking at your layout, I think you may need a slightly more powerful light and a diffuser to spread it a little more. A bit more height would probably be a benefit too. A single light is obviously going to be the best option so you dont get multiple shadows and should be feasible with your small layout. The effect of the black surrounds is really remarkable, well worth perfecting and should suit your layout perfectly.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:49 am

:D Yep, that's where I got my idea from. The light in my photo was the one illuminating Pizza 'n Beer sitting next door, just swung it around for this shot. Just been out in the shed 'experimenting' with lighting. One thing agreed is a single light. The complex bit is determining the height and angle (azmith, if you want the the correct term). I think the sort of thing I need is one of those fancy display/photographers type that has a light on the end of a long rod, which, in turn, is supported on a tripod or something similar. Less than a week now to Rail-Ex 2007 :!:
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Postby andrew milner » Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:50 am

I like the single spot Gavin, one of my pet hates is multiple 'suns' :D If you could use a blue bulb, it would look like moonlight 8) .
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat Nov 10, 2007 8:59 am

Andrew Milner wrote:I like the single spot Gavin, one of my pet hates is multiple 'suns' :D If you could use a blue bulb, it would look like moonlight 8) .


Yes, I know what you mean about multiple suns...my shed has two ceiling lights, thus creating that effect. When that annoys me, I'm not averse to removing one of the bulbs.
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Postby Oztrainz » Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:13 pm

Hi Steve, Gavin,
I have about a dozen photos of Totternhoe Minerals that I took while it was on display at the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention in Melbourne over Easter earlier this year. Let me know if you want them posted and to which forum.
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Postby Sir Briand » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:03 am

Now why hadn't I thought of a black background :roll: .
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Nov 11, 2007 8:14 am

Sir Briand wrote:Now why hadn't I thought of a black background :roll: .


:wink: Paraphrasing the great bard, The layout is but a stage, and, the trains are the actors. Theatrical Black has a lot going for it.
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Postby Oztrainz » Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:59 am

Hi all,
For your viewing pleasure, some photos of the Totternhoe Mineral Railway layout discussed in this thread are now up in the "Size Doesn't matter" forum in the "Totternhoe Mineral Railway" thread.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:58 pm

:shock: Legs :!: Yep, the layout don't have any, and it's less than a week to Rail-Ex. So, it was a quick trip 'round to my son's place to see what he had 'stored because it might be useful some day'. He had some useful bits that gave some extra stength and adaptability to the base board, but no legs. Then I spotted his fold up 'Workmate' workbench, and as I have successfully used one of these under Ginglenook...needless to say, his one has now been requesitioned for the duration. Beaut thing is that they fold flat. This will allow me to transport 3 layouts (2 Gn15 and a G scale one) in one trip in my Holden (English translation=Vauxhall=Opel) Vectra to the show. The organisors want layouts at a suitable viewing height for children, and these fit the bill. :wink:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:43 am

8) Now featuring in the mid November 'Small Layout Scrapbook' :?
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Postby DCRfan » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:06 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:The organisors want layouts at a suitable viewing height for children, and these fit the bill. :wink:


I'm just practicing my lines when the mums complain mine is to high (the dads just lift up the kids.:

1. 'Madam, with all due respect it's not my fault your kids are vertically challenged'

2. 'Madam I have to work on the layout for 363 days of the year so you can see it for two days a year so it's built to a height that suits me'
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:45 am

DCRfan wrote:I'm just practicing my lines when the mums complain mine is to high (the dads just lift up the kids.:

1. 'Madam, with all due respect it's not my fault your kids are vertically challenged'

2. 'Madam I have to work on the layout for 363 days of the year so you can see it for two days a year so it's built to a height that suits me'


Hi Paul,
I you use Ma'am instead of Madam they'll then feel "Class challenged" :twisted:
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Postby Korschtal » Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:28 pm

DCRfan wrote:
Gavin Sowry wrote:The organisors want layouts at a suitable viewing height for children, and these fit the bill. :wink:


I'm just practicing my lines when the mums complain mine is to high (the dads just lift up the kids.:

1. 'Madam, with all due respect it's not my fault your kids are vertically challenged'

2. 'Madam I have to work on the layout for 363 days of the year so you can see it for two days a year so it's built to a height that suits me'


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Postby DCRfan » Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:59 pm

Korschtal wrote:
"It's the scale, your children are a smaller scale than my layout legs"


:lol: :lol: :lol:
and the scientific approach

Ma'am, this layout is 1/2 inch scale, your little-ones appear more suited to 009 scale.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:16 pm

:D The advantages of legless layouts...Haywards is 'stored/worked on' on a 54" high bench, but is displayed on a 36" portable worktable. :lol:

And, what's more, I can set up in less than a minute. :!:
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Postby DCRfan » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:28 pm

I assure that concept has been placed at top of list for next layout :idea:

See you this afternoon :?: I'm helping Brent move the massive 9mm scale layout in from the moment the doors open a 1300.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:28 am

8) Two days solid running at Rail-Ex 2007...not a single stalling or derailment. :!:
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Postby DCRfan » Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:48 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:8) Two days solid running at Rail-Ex 2007...not a single stalling or derailment. :!:


I certain can't claim that :oops: But even more disappointing I never has the chance to use one of my well rehearsed lines :evil: Not one complaint about layout height 8)
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Nov 22, 2007 11:56 pm

8) One of the Haywards lads is now the proud owner of a nice new motorbike..a 1951 Pugeot. Its made by ixoMUESEUM, Chinese, of course.
Scale 1:24. $NZ 23.95 at Modelcrafts and Hobbies in Wellington. I left behind the little Italian scooter, and the more modern Jappers (Honda etc., not to be confused with JAP bikes).
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Dec 25, 2007 3:23 am

8) Christmas Greetings, from all the Management and Staff (me) at Haywards Estate. Santa brought a kit set model of the Beverley Hillbillies car. I will assemble it as Right Hand drive. Should compliment the railway quite nicely.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:59 am

Andrew Milner wrote:I like the single spot Gavin, one of my pet hates is multiple 'suns' :D


:roll: Ah the post Christmas sales, and how I hate the crowds (etc etc)...but when the lighting store that I got dragged past was advertising 30% off everything in store, I purchased a floor lamp with a 35/50W Halogen light. This is pretty good, as it can burn out the secondary shadows. 8)
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Postby DCRfan » Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:34 pm

I thought it was the nice bright warm sun today - just rubbing it into the North Americans seeing the nasty winter they are having.
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