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The magazine shoots went well yesterday. They shot for about 5 hours, for stills and video. Can't wait to see the finished results!
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Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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Lee,

What a wonderful recognition of all your hard work. It is well deserved.

Continued success with all your endeavors.

Bob


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Disregard the post 2 posts above this, something happened to the photo...

The shoot went well yesterday. They got about 5 hours worth of stills and video. Can't wait to see how it looks!

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Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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Your cannon kind of reminded me of this picture of my G Grandfather, Veteran of Gettysburg, Culp's Hill, 1st Eastern Shore Maryland Volunteer's. Co. D (Union) He is on the left. Pvt.James H. Honey

Look how polished the cannon is...

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Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919
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Over this past week, I did a project involving a tender (coal car) for a busted up locomotive I got very cheaply off eBay. I turned it into a water car, which was sometimes done with old tenders. The loco itself, horribly damaged before I got it, I stripped it down and made a gondola load of the 'rusted' parts.

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I also made an excursion car into an Army troop car (I made my own decals of that) as well.

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Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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Absolutely brilliant!

Thanks!

I'd been wanting to do something to suggest the layout had other locomotives in the past, but were gone now (as the concept was a small RR that got bought out by a slightly-larger RR). I wanted to place the rusty driver sets at the end of a spur at the Army area, but anyone familiar with the WW2 years would pick up on how odd that'd be. Nothing like would've sat around for long in an era of scrap drives, especially parts for locomotives that didn't exist anymore. The tender/water car would be a repurposing of something useful. Several railroads did this.

As for the troop car, I really like the rust effect I was able to crate with a mixture of powdered chalks and paint.

I then over-sprayed it from far above with black paint, to simulate soot from the coal-fired locomotives. It doesn't look bad, but it didn't get the effect I was hoping for.

 

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In short, it's pretty well-used but not ready to fall apart yet.

I haven't weather the inside of the car at all. I'll do that after I get some figures and gear in there.


Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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Great work Lee.

 

I lived near the Enola train yard in Harrisburg, Pa. for many years and it just reinforced my love for model trains.

 

The video was awesome.


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Great work Lee.

 

I lived near the Enola train yard in Harrisburg, Pa. for many years and it just reinforced my love for model trains.

Thanks!

When i'd go to Indiantown Gap for the battle of the bulge re-enactments in the 90s, I'd go by that yard every other year just to look it over.

 

The video was awesome.

They do great work, don't they? I was very happy with what they did, both stills and video. they were really nice, too!

Good people to work with, I'm glad I opened up the house to them that morning!


Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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FYI, A highly-abridged version of the online edition of Trackside Model Railroader magazine with my layout profile can be viewed here for free for about a month, at: https://www.tracksidemodelrailroading.com/current-free-edition-preview/


Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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Great work, great layout and video! Very creative and detailed. It tells a story!

 

Frank


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Incredibly impressive work, I wish I had this kind of talent. I've often thought of doing an H-O scale depiction of Camp Hale in Colorado where my father trained but have no such skills! Thank you for sharing.


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Thanks for the kind words!

Before Christmas, I bought a white wood sign that was blank at a craft store, with the idea of making it into a RR sign for the layout. I printed out some letters on paper last night in a typeface that existed in the 30s, then transferred that to the sign, then painted over it. I was surprised how short of a time it took (just over half an hour from the blank sign).

 

Eventually, I’ll hit it with some sandpaper so it’ll look like it’s older than it is, but for now I need to paint to dry for some time. Here’s how it looks for now, as you walk into the room:

 

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Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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I moved the (reproduction) WW2 era posted from the far wall to the entryway, facing the 'no trespassing' sign I recently aged with sandpaper.

Below that is the original builder's plate from a 1944 ACC-built heavy flatcar. It was removed from the rotting car on a siding somewhere near Arlon, Belgium in the early 2000s. My brother bought it at a show and recently gave it to me. I had to get creative with how to hang the thing!

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Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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Lee,

Clean and precise as always.Have a wonderful day.

Bob


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In an attempt to get some shots to submit for the 2019 NMRA (national model RR association) calendar, I took these last night. Frankly, they weren't quite what I was hoping for. so I'll be submitting others I'd already shot, I think...

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Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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The Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette ran my article in the new March/April 2018 issue. I haven't gotten my copy yet but someone emailed these photos of it:

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Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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Congrats on some more well-deserved recognition of your amazing work!

 

Mikie


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