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GreggW
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  7:48:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thorndike Mills is one of my favorite structures, but it was too big and too "eastern" to fit on my layout. Jim Lucas and I teamed up to create this multi-level, western version. The wood structure was raised and placed on an angle (the only way it would fit), the bell tower was modified and the colorations were changed. It will look great downstream from Martin's Machine.

Gregg














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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:02:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gregg
Again, you've achieved a great diorama, and your pictures of it in its natural setting are quite convincing.

I love the vertical dimension you've put into the arrangement of the buildings and surrounding scenery. It certainly helps giving the whole scene the western atmosphere you were seeking, moreover it adds a lot of visual interest to the diorama.

The trees along and just above the river are excellent. How did you make them?



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RW
Engine Wiper



Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:06:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WOW nevermind the trees what about the water, IT LOOKS Extreamly real!!!!!!!!
Great Job....
RW



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Ken Hamilton
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:11:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ken Hamilton's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Holy Smokes. That thing sent chills up my spine. The low angle, outdoor
shots couldn't look any "realer". Fantastic piece of work.

PS: The heck with the trees AND the water - look at the great rock work!!


Ken Hamilton
www.wildharemodels.com
http://public.fotki.com/khamilton/models/

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Quinn222
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:15:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's outstanding.


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rsmilley
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:25:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Really a fantastic-looking diorama. Breath-taking.


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GreggW
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:25:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ken Hamilton

Holy Smokes. That thing sent chills up my spine. The low angle, outdoor
shots couldn't look any "realer". Fantastic piece of work.

PS: The heck with the trees AND the water - look at the great rock work!!

Thanks Ken. Here are a couple more of those low angle shots.

Gregg






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RW
Engine Wiper



Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:29:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gregg,
Stop I don't think I can take it.
The first one looks like a post card.
Nice job!!!!!!!
RW



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GreggW
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:42:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Frederic Testard

Gregg
Again, you've achieved a great diorama, and your pictures of it in its natural setting are quite convincing.

I love the vertical dimension you've put into the arrangement of the buildings and surrounding scenery. It certainly helps giving the whole scene the western atmosphere you were seeking, moreover it adds a lot of visual interest to the diorama.

The trees along and just above the river are excellent. How did you make them?

Fred,

Thanks for your kind words. The tree trunks are stranded wire, coated with varnish and paint. The branches are wire. The leaves are std moss follage. I think it was Model Railroad that ran an article years ago on how to make them.

Gregg



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postalkarl
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:44:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Greg:

Nice job on the build. I like the addition to. Is it scrtach built.

Karl S.



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GreggW
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:49:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by RW

WOW nevermind the trees what about the water, IT LOOKS Extreamly real!!!!!!!!
Great Job....
RW

RW,

Thanks. Here are a couple more water shots.

Gregg






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TrevorCreek
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:51:11 PM  Show Profile  Click to see TrevorCreek's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Gregg,

Excellent diorama!!!

Frank



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Peterpools
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:53:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Peterpools's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Greg
Outstanding. The scenery and structure blend perfectly. I second Kens view of the low angle photographs ..
Peter



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GreggW
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  8:59:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by postalkarl

Hi Greg:

Nice job on the build. I like the addition to. Is it scrtach built.

Karl S.

Thanks Karl. The wood addition is part of the standard kit. Bob did a great job with his kit design, where both the stone and wood structures are at ground level, with the wood structure at a 90 degree angle. To make if fit my narrow sloping terrain, I had to have the wood structure one level (floor) higher and had to angle the wood structure at about a 120 degree angle. I am very pleased with the result.

Gregg

The attached picture shows one of the instuction book layout diagrams, with my preliminary design changes sketched out.




Edited by - GreggW on 05/09/2007 9:28:44 PM

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RW
Engine Wiper



Posted - 05/09/2007 :  10:07:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Gregg,
It looks cool enough to dive into.
Thanks for the pixs.
Super job.
RW



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GreggW
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Posted - 05/09/2007 :  11:57:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Peterpools

Greg
Outstanding. The scenery and structure blend perfectly. I second Kens view of the low angle photographs ..
Peter

Peter,

Thanks. Here are a couple more shots, with a slightly different view.

Gregg






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