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Postby Simon Andrews » Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:58 am

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Hawaii is in the North Pacific last time I looked, and pineapples actually grow on the ground, not in trees.

I suppose I asked for that really :wink: The buildings look great 8) I look forward to seeing how you landscape the layout :)

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:03 pm

:D Ah, bet you all thought that this thread was dead. Been busy with the Garden Railway and along with looking after my Dad and getting him settled into a rest home, Haywards Estate has been taking a bit of a back seat of late. However, it was 'trains' night last night, and with a burst of enthusiasm, and the incentive of the next show, a fair swag of the scenery base got laid. I actually forked out some real money and bought some Woodlands turf...I'm begining to think it has been a good investment. Steam powered photos (ie real film) to follow. :wink:
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Postby michael » Thu Sep 06, 2007 5:33 am

This is good news Gavin :!: looking forwar to the pics.
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Postby DCRfan » Thu Sep 06, 2007 6:26 am

Gavin Sowry wrote::D Ah, bet you all thought that this thread was dead. Been busy with the Garden Railway and along with looking after my Dad and getting him settled into a rest home, Haywards Estate has been taking a bit of a back seat of late. However, it was 'trains' night last night, and with a burst of enthusiasm, and the incentive of the next show, a fair swag of the scenery base got laid. I actually forked out some real money and bought some Woodlands turf...I'm begining to think it has been a good investment. Steam powered photos (ie real film) to follow. :wink:


Was it at the meeting last night? I didn't get back from Jaffastan until 20:30 and after a 0600 start decided not to head down. :cry: I could always bring the digital around to share with the fine folks :P
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:04 am

8) Usual small turnout for the winter months...yes, I brought Haywards down to actually get stuck into it. Up until last night, the track was down, and the plaster landform had been done, with a little spray of sand colour paint where required. By the time I left to go home, the track was ballasted, and the 'inside' of the loop had a first coat of grass. I placed the train and buildings on.....a renewed burst of enthusiasm. :lol: :lol:

Another week should see it ready for progress photos.
Hope you didn't bring back anything nasty from Jaffastan. :twisted:
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Postby Simon Andrews » Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:17 pm

Looking forward to the to the pictures :D

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Postby Glen A » Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:51 pm

Look forward to seeing the progress Gavin. Nothing like a train show deadline to get the work done!

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Oct 03, 2007 9:48 am

Glen A wrote:Look forward to seeing the progress Gavin. Nothing like a train show deadline to get the work done!


:lol: Well tonight was 'progress' night. I sort of did an impromtu clinic on scenicing at the Wellington Group meeting. Basically did the whole of Haywards in 1 hour (track previously ballasted, and landforms already done). Met with the satisfactory ooh's and aah's. Just some tidying up to do, and she's all go to show...then the extra detailing starts (and never finishes, I'm told).
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Postby andrew milner » Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:53 pm

Sounds good Gavin! I seem to be missing the photos....... :D :wink:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Oct 03, 2007 2:07 pm

Andrew Milner wrote:Sounds good Gavin! I seem to be missing the photos....... :D :wink:


:lol: Probably still in the camera, one day Gavin will go digital :lol:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:46 pm

Steve Bennett wrote: :lol: Probably still in the camera, one day Gavin will go digital :lol:


:roll: I will ??? I've just handed over to my niece her wedding photos that I took, on film. She has posted these, along with some extra shots from the family taken on digital....I am yet to be convinced about digital. :!:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:03 pm

Andrew Milner wrote:Sounds good Gavin! I seem to be missing the photos....... :D :wink:


:evil: My Gn15 contract digital photographer 'forgot' to bring his camera, but he did bring along his bush tramway car...very nice too.
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Postby DCRfan » Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:11 am

Wasn't worth the risk. If I had put it down it probably would have been sprayed with glue and covered with grass :wink:
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Postby SOUTHPASS » Thu Oct 04, 2007 6:10 am

Come on Gavin, you will have to go digital. I argued for a long time that these pretend cameras would not replace my SLR and bag of lenses and filters :) But every time that I wanted to put a picture on here I would have to snivel up to my wife for the use of hers :( . Since I got my digital 18months ago I have taken over 2000 shots, the SLR still has the same film in it. :D
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:23 am

:P I'm even thinking of going back to Black and White.
Having said that, I've just come back inside after photographing last nights effort. Damn cold weather makes for slow drying of the PVA holding all the scenic stuff together...still, it's worth the effort. 8)
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:D Hey, that's 250 posts. Does that make me a semi-demi-Millegniumer :?: :twisted: :twisted:
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Gavin Sowry wrote::D Hey, that's 250 posts. Does that make me a semi-demi-Millegniumer :?: :twisted: :twisted:


Almost, the 'S' actually stands for 'self-appointed-semi' :lol: :lol: Go for it SAS superman :P
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:45 am

:D Well, the glue has finally dried, the track cleaned, and the baseboard edges repainted. Wired up to also run on battery power too...I didn't throw away the old battery from the home alarm, and there is still some grunt in it to power the little gas mechanical. 8) 8) 8)

OK OK, the film's nearly finished......
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:42 am

:D :D :D And, finally, some photos. 8) 8) 8)

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A general view of the completed but yet to be superdetailed layout.

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A portent of things to come. I reckon with a bit of extra detail, this would be a fine shot. :wink:

Used a pretty low resolution when scanning these, the prints are much better quality, but one has to consider the kB's etc I keep getting told.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:32 am

That is looking very nice Gavin. As you say a good base which to super detail, at least you have somewhere to play trains while you do it :wink:
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:18 am

Looking good Gavin, I like the guy looking into what I suspect are the "Facilities" :roll:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:45 am

Gerry Bullock wrote:Looking good Gavin, I like the guy looking into what I suspect are the "Facilities" :roll:
Those Citroen Traction seem to get everywhere including NZ :?:


:P Translation.... Facilities = Dunny (Detailed interior, including roll of paper, in fact all the buildings have some interior detailing)

Reason I got the car was there were lots of them (real ones) around in New Zealand when I was a kid.

Those people are from the Fujima set of workshop mechanics.
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Postby DCRfan » Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:42 am

Looking good. I'm glad all the glue dried! Only a month to the exhibition
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:46 am

DCRfan wrote:Looking good. I'm glad all the glue dried! Only a month to the exhibition


:twisted: Well, at least your camera escaped intact. :!:

Probably take it up to the opening of the Kapiti Miniature Railway tomorrow (1100 hours, Marine Gardens, Raumati Beach). Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings and King Kong fame) is opening their new clubrooms
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Postby Simon Andrews » Fri Oct 12, 2007 12:49 pm

Coming along well Gavin. I do like the the two buildings, they really look the part.

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