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jbvb
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Posted - 02/12/2021 :  11:24:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Jim. Earlier this week I finished paving Franklin St. and Maxwell Sq. and got the street partly detailed.



I didn't notice the stink bug on the backdrop till I was working on the picture. The scene can't be finished till I find the brick sheet for Batterman Press .

I also got in some work on a punchlist item for AP Structures. I'm thinking how I might get a real-looking brick sidewalk with .020 plastic brick sheet. But I find myself wondering if I could do the irregular surface (at least here where the ground freezes) better with paper texture on a deliberately uneven Wood Putty base. Any experiences worth passing on?


James

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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/13/2021 :  08:37:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James, please keep experimenting with that webcam, I'm enjoying those pictures.

Bruce

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jbvb
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Posted - 02/13/2021 :  8:36:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Bruce, but the Franklin St. above was taken with my Pentax Kr DSLR (with some buildings removed to place it). It's fun to see views I hadn't even considered when the scenery and structures were designed and built. However, the $70 webcam is at its limits:



This is more or less the same shot with the C615. Lacking a real aperture, I can't do much with depth of field. Better software might get cleaner edges in the image, but the horizontal lines seem more like a sensor artifact.



This is the C615's sweet spot: Normal light, not a lot of pressure on the limited depth of field, and a perspective like I was standing on a baggage cart out at the end of the inbound platform. I'll use it to 'scout locations' and check things I was using an inspection mirror for. And I'll keep my ear to the ground for better tech; if I knew I'd get DSLR functionality in a package this size, I'd pay a DSLR price.


James

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 02/13/2021 :  9:43:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
A couple more great shots!


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jbvb
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Posted - 02/15/2021 :  9:47:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Mike. Today I finished the Tichy 4028D kit, adding cut levers and air hoses and trying my first 'powder' weathering job. I used Burnt Umber pastel for the brake dust and rust down low, blackboard chalk for the ash above it and finished with a little Bragdon Lime Dust.



I plan to use this as one of 'other than scratchbuilt' models when I apply for the AP Cars certificate. It isn't be the best of the four, but I have one Merit Award and only need three more.


James

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 02/17/2021 :  9:18:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Handsome car. You did a good job building it. Weathering is realistic too.

Mike


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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/18/2021 :  08:31:48 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice job, James. Lime dust color for weathering - I'm going to have to remember that for oxide colored cars.


Bruce

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wvrr
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Posted - 02/18/2021 :  10:52:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The car looks great, James.

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 02/18/2021 :  11:20:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The car looks good, James. Used, but not abused. Nice!

Pete
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jbvb
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Posted - 03/20/2021 :  10:23:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Belated thanks, Mike, Bruce, Chuck and Pete. I've been scratchbuilding my first car, a PRR 'FM' 40' flat car, in brass in another thread:

http://railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53619

I haven't posted here since February. I'm done (I hope) with the soldering phase and spent an hour testing it on the layout tonight:



With luck I can get it finished before April; the nice weather makes it much more comfortable to airbrush with the vent pipe out the window.


James

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CNE1899
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Posted - 03/23/2021 :  09:02:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James,
Beautiful car builds! I like the photo work as well, particularly the one of the station and silver cars.

Scott



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jbvb
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Posted - 04/05/2021 :  2:11:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Belated thanks, Scott. The silver cars are Rapido's models of Budd Rail Diesel Cars. After about 1955, the B&M owned more of them than any other railroad.

Also, a big hurrah for Tichy Train Group and the US Postal Service. I ordered at 10 AM Friday, Tichy shipped it First Class Saturday morning and the USPS transported it almost 800 miles, delivering it as we ate lunch Monday.


James

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jbvb
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Posted - 04/11/2021 :  9:32:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Now that the April NERx is just about over and I've learned to CadWeld rail bonds at Seashore, it looks like I need to do another Tichy order:



My wife, whom a few of you have met, worked as an architect until 2007. She'd recently built a 'mass model' of a house suitable for Thailand and had been making clothes for herself. Talking about this, she remarked that family and friends didn't need more bird or pet paintings, and she was tailoring to ward off boredom. Newburyport needs lots of scratchbuilt buildings, so I offered to show her how to scale from photos and tax plans, and build out of styrene. 10 days later, I had to start work on foundations:



She's finding styrene and molded windows much easier to work with than the paper and wood she used at university. Roofs tomorrow, so I need to order shingles too.

It's late so if you want to see prototypes, ask Street View for 24 Winter St. and 38 Washington St. in Newburyport. I shortened 24 Winter's el and should have compressed it more. But I'll shrink the station's driveway to make up for that.


James

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Orionvp17
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Posted - 04/12/2021 :  10:56:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
New buildings look really good, James! Very nice work!

But I'm gonna call "no fair," because she gets more done in two days than I can in four to six months! Enjoy your Blessings!

Pete
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wvrr
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Posted - 04/12/2021 :  9:49:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
She couldn't start with something small, eh? She is doing a great job!

Chuck



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