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#251 willysmb44

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 11:29 AM

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Posted 27 March 2018 - 06:59 AM

Army night run. Winner, Tennessee; Summer, 1943:
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Posted 27 March 2018 - 07:19 AM

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In this shot, it's the duffel bag, the platform planking it's on, and the weeds right behind it that blow me away.

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 08:07 AM

More random photos with my cell last night, just for the heck of it:
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Posted 12 April 2018 - 11:05 AM

Lee, thanks for adding some more excellent pics! This fantastic thread is pinned now.



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Posted 16 April 2018 - 06:57 AM

This fantastic thread is pinned now.

Wow, I'm honored. Thanks!
The ET&WNC decided to put sheet metal covers over the headlights on their tenders, due to the proximity of the coal load (to keep them from being crushed when the coal bunkers were filled).
It's one of the key features of the WW2-era black paint jobs that Bachmann never addressed with their excellent models in On30.
I had made some out of black styrene sheets, heated and stretched over a brass tube the diameter needed. But the styrene was really too thick and I never liked the look (the first photo shows one atop the coal pile for comparison). Over the weekend, I got some pre-made 1/2" wide brass strips and cut/shaped them over the same tube. They dropped right into place and after some simple paint work, I had covers that looked much better than the previous ones.

Getting the fit right on # 12:

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After the paint is done on the same locomotive:

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I have three of these locomotives but had plenty of brass left, so I made several and used only the ones that worked out best. This is #11:

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 07:17 AM

Congrats on being pinned. It's well deserved!
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:56 AM

Congrats on being pinned. It's well deserved!

Thanks, but it's really such a peripheral topic to this forum, I wasn't sure anyone would even want to see it, let alone if being pinned.
I wouldn't have posted about here at all if the layout didn't take place in WW2 and have some Army activity represented within.

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 10:35 AM

Thanks, but it's really such a peripheral topic to this forum, I wasn't sure anyone would even want to see it, let alone if being pinned.
I wouldn't have posted about here at all if the layout didn't take place in WW2 and have some Army activity represented within.


Glad you did!

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:01 AM

I still can't believe it:
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Two magazines on hobby shop shelves at the same time with articles I have written; the March/April 2018 Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette and the 2018 On30 Annual!

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 07:12 PM

Awesome job, Lee!  Your modeling prowess is very impressive!  I had a good time going through the entire thread to see the progress you made on your layout.  Ahh, to have the time, and the room, to take on a similar project!  Keep up the great work!

 

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:48 AM

Thanks, Brian!
I was experimenting with late-afternoon light through an open window again...


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Posted 23 April 2018 - 08:23 AM

More random cell shots, taken last night:
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Posted 25 April 2018 - 06:47 AM

What is essentially a staging area with scenery passes on front of a window. When the sub is just right, and I can get some decent shots if I open the blinds. Everything looked just right last night:

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:25 AM

What is essentially a staging area with scenery passes on front of a window. When the sub is just right, and I can get some decent shots if I open the blinds. Everything looked just right last night:

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Wow, that shot is a work of art in and of itself. Not to mention the subject.
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Posted 11 June 2018 - 06:57 AM

I got a Go Pro camera while I was in Europe last month and haven't shot much with it at all. So, yesterday I mounted a base for it onto a HO scale flatcar I'd previously bought to make a 'camera car' out of, put the camera onto it, and ran it in front of one of my 4-6-0s facing backward to get the maximum benefit of sound. The lighting in the room isn't that great for video, so I made it b/w with software on my computer:

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 10:53 AM

Great video clip! I also love the sound of the rolling train, well done!



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 04:40 AM

It just looks outstanding! Really cool photos and video!

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 07:31 PM

Just playing around with the camera this afternoon, dared to even suggest a diesel helper actually took place on the layout. Oh, the humanity!

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 01:01 PM

Last night, I was standing on a stool on one side of the layout room to see something and then I realized I could see the entire layout. I managed to get this with my cell, the only photo ever showing pretty much the entire layout. Only the far wall to the left is missing, and that's just a backdrop and some trees. But for the most part, it's all here:

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 02:25 PM

Hey Willy,

That is a great aerial picture of your layout. But it's your closeups, ground level pictures and videos that make this layout outstanding. That is where your attention to detail really excels. Although I love trains and worked with NYCTA Dept. of Subways, I never bought model trains. The best I've done is Lionel's Ultra Train Town PC video game where I can set up my own layouts and play. It's nowhere equal to your set but at least I get to play with trains.  :) 

 

Semper Fi.

 

Manny 



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Posted 07 July 2018 - 07:19 AM

That's a great overhead view. The thing with closeups of your set is that it's easy to forget how small it is.
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:58 AM

I shouldn't count the chickens before they're hatched, but O Gauge Railroading magazine has told me they're likely to run my new layout article in their January 2019 issue as part of a showcase for the various gauges within O scale. The editor has advised this is their largest issue of the year, traditionally.

The great thing here is that it's an easy-to-find magazine (I've even seen it on sale at a local Wal-Mart). they also send a lot of author copies when you get printed. I got printed in the current issue with a single photo of my layout: https://ogaugerr.com/run-300/


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