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Posted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:58 pm
by scott b
Paul said
just rubbing it into the North Americans seeing the nasty winter they are having.

It`s winter, we have snow, snow problem, thats why Santa has a sleigh :wink:
Speaking of sales Michaels craft store sent out a 50% off any one single item coupon good for the next few days, and all I need is some stencil cream :roll: But all their craft paint (apple barrel) is on for 30% off so perhaps I`ll get some More of those as well :D

Scott B

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:06 am
by Sir Briand
Jeez Scott, guess I had better go through the papers in the recycling bin to find one for me. Could use it. Thanks for the tip.

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:30 pm
by docnjoj
My wife (who lives at Michaels in her off time) says that they always keep loads of coupon flyers at the registers and entrances! Happy hunting!
Doc

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:16 am
by Gavin Sowry
8) Haywards has taken out a Bronze Award at the New Zealand Model Railway Convention.
Chris Krupa's little speeder from England has been stretching its legs on the layout over the Easter weekend too.... as usual, the photos are still in the camera. :oops:

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:53 am
by Gavin Sowry
Image

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:11 am
by Bob Taylor
Well deserved. Congratulations.


Bob.

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:33 am
by DCRfan
Congratulations. I hope it came with some appropiate Hawkes Bay sponsors products :wink:

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:33 am
by Steve Bennett
Well done Gavin, good to see our quirky scale/gauge getting recognition, well deserved too.

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:00 pm
by Glen A
Congratulations.

Here is a photo I took of Gavins layout a week ago, on the Garden Railway tour.
Sorry it is taken with flash, as the shed it was in didn't have any windows.

The little bushes look really good.

Image

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:11 pm
by Gavin Sowry
Glen A wrote:Congratulations.

Here is a photo I took of Gavins layout a week ago, on the Garden Railway tour.
Sorry it is taken with flash, as the shed it was in didn't have any windows.

The little bushes look really good.

Image


:lol: Use that photo as a benchmark... then see how much work got done in the last week before the Convention, when you see the final photos.
Chris Krupa was asked for an honest critique of the layout... :shock: and amongst other things, said that if the layout was in England, it would get an invite to ExpoNG. I promptly asked for a plane ticket. The rest of the weekend was then just one big ego trip! 8) 8) 8)

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:35 pm
by Gavin Sowry
DCRfan wrote:Congratulations. I hope it came with some appropiate Hawkes Bay sponsors products :wink:


:shock: I DON'T drink wine :!:
I did get a free beer at the Banquet though.
And boy, did you guys miss a good weekend, the best Convention ever.
Looking forward to Chris's report.
:D Off topic, I manged to talk Michael Gee out of just displaying that NZR 'D' car of his, and entering it in the competitions...he got a Gold Award, and the Warren Cummingham Cup for best NZR Rolling Stock (excluding locomotives). Also managed to see Paul Bernsten's On2½ Wexford layout, it is better in reality than any of the published photos (and they are brilliant, even if Kevin Crosado did take them :!: )

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:50 pm
by Dave Westall
That is one very nice little layout. Just enough structures to make it interesting. :D

Dave

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:57 pm
by Glen A
Gavin Sowry wrote: Use that photo as a benchmark... then see how much work got done in the last week before the Convention, when you see the final photos.


Shows are always a good inspiration for getting work done. I work better knowing I have a deadline. If my layout didn't go on show, and just lived in my garage, then it would probably still be a bare base board.

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:43 pm
by Gavin Sowry
Dave Westall wrote:That is one very nice little layout. Just enough structures to make it interesting. :D

Dave


Thanks for those kind words... now wait 'till you see the tree that has grown behind the workshop.
As Baldrick would say, I had a cunning plan :idea: . One of the guys doing a tree clinic informed me before hand that people would have the opportunity to make a tree, and take it away. :P I jokingly said I would make a G scale one. Short story, I did, and planted it just before the judges came around.
(That little stunt cost me a beer :roll: )

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:39 am
by Oztrainz
Gavin Sowry wrote:Now wait 'till you see the tree that has grown behind the workshop.
As Baldrick would say, I had a cunning plan :idea: . One of the guys doing a tree clinic informed me before hand that people would have the opportunity to make a tree, and take it away. :P I jokingly said I would make a G scale one. Short story, I did, and planted it just before the judges came around.
(That little stunt cost me a beer :roll: )


Now that's what you call creative instant gardening :lol:
Congratulations on your award, your layout looked good enough to win one just based on your previous photos.
When do we all get to see that magical tree that just "appeared" :?:

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:20 pm
by Simon Andrews
The layout looks great Gavin. Congratulations on the award :D

Simon.

Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:12 pm
by Gavin Sowry
Oztrainz wrote:
Gavin Sowry wrote:Now wait 'till you see the tree that has grown behind the workshop.
As Baldrick would say, I had a cunning plan :idea: . One of the guys doing a tree clinic informed me before hand that people would have the opportunity to make a tree, and take it away. :P I jokingly said I would make a G scale one. Short story, I did, and planted it just before the judges came around.
(That little stunt cost me a beer :roll: )


Now that's what you call creative instant gardening :lol:
Congratulations on your award, your layout looked good enough to win one just based on your previous photos.
When do we all get to see that magical tree that just "appeared" :?:


:lol: The film's finished, and I'm off to the Photo Store to get it processed as soon as I finish writing this. :!:

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:16 am
by Sir Briand
Gavin Sowry wrote:
:lol: The film's finished, and I'm off to the Photo Store to get it processed as soon as I finish writing this. :!:


Time for a Digital Camera Gavin :twisted: . Instant gratification :roll: .

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:57 am
by Gavin Sowry
Sir Briand wrote:
Gavin Sowry wrote:
:lol: The film's finished, and I'm off to the Photo Store to get it processed as soon as I finish writing this. :!:


Time for a Digital Camera Gavin :twisted: . Instant gratification :roll: .


:shock: I attended clinic on layout photography at the weekend, run by a professional photographer of 30 years standing....short story, film still has advantages over digital, and I agreed with him. I could build 10 layouts for the cost of the digital camera that would satisfy my needs. :cry:

Anyhow, the photos are back. I will load them when I get home.

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:00 am
by Gavin Sowry
:lol: Well, here it is, the tree. Not a particularly flash photo, but that was the corner I was allocated, so one has to make do. And just to prove that global domination by Gn15 is complete, that's Chris Krupa's speeder disputing right of way at the junction.
The tree took 5 mins to make, and another 10 to paint and texture. :!:

Image

:roll: A nice little scene, but lacking that certain something... :idea: so I went to the clinic on Backdrops, and this is what resulted... :wink:

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Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:25 am
by DCRfan
Gavin,

I assume you came home via the Wairarapa as I recorgnise the backdrop :wink:

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:32 am
by Gavin Sowry
DCRfan wrote:Gavin,

I assume you came home via the Wairarapa as I recorgnise the backdrop :wink:


:P You were supposed to say 'Yeah Right' :wink:

And a good job I came that way too, the Easter traffic on Highway 1 was diabolical. In any case, it is always quicker going that way. Did Taita to Taradale in 3½ hours flat going up, leaving at 0400. Pretty good going, and not speeding either.

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:06 am
by Steve Bennett
Really nice Gavin. I have to confess, I'm not a fan of backdrops, but I have to concede, it really adds to the scene in this case. The tree looks very good too and adds a nice bit of 3D height, nice pics.

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:35 am
by DCRfan
This is the view before the small railway was built :P

http://wairarapa.co.nz/times-age/weekly/2001/brewery.html

I suspect Gavin was beside the real mainline when he took his photo :wink:

Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:17 am
by Oztrainz
Hi Gavin and Paul,
Thought I could smell hops :D

Yeah right :P