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Rusty Stumps
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Posted - 10/23/2010 :  4:13:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Neil, that last shot looks real good. You might want to try and blend the water colors a bit so there isn't such a sudden transition but otherwise it looks real good. Sort of crescent the lighter color water in the background photo from the small dingy curved around to the front of the diorama and blend it in. Sort of like the way brackish water tends to blend in and out.


Walt

In the Crossroads of America.

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 10/23/2010 :  9:18:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow, you are really packing a lot of action in that small space. The angled buildings in the pic on the backdrop really gives a lot of depth to the scene Neil.


Edited by - Tyson Rayles on 10/23/2010 9:20:01 PM

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Neil M
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Posted - 10/24/2010 :  05:15:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys. I want to edit the photos that I use for backgrounds to colour the black and white photos and to edit the sea colour. As you say Walt, the sea needs to be darker near the bottom to blend into the modelled sections.

Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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AVRR-PA
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Posted - 10/24/2010 :  06:19:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit AVRR-PA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Neil --

I'll be watching your work with the photo backdrops with a lot of interest, since I hope to do something similar on my hallway layout.

Don



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Neil M
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Posted - 10/24/2010 :  2:16:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Don. I think period photos the best option to get the detail in the background but it takes a lot of sifting through photos to find ones with correct subject matter and from a good perspective.

Colour photos were unheard of back in the 1930s but i have found a few in colour from the 1940s that i can use for reference when editing the black and white photos


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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Neil M
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Posted - 11/25/2010 :  11:42:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Nut, Bolt and Washer police will be happy to hear that I have been OCD enough to fix in NBWs on the pier frame and I really like the effect.



They were painted with Polly Scale Roof Brown, then dry brushed with Rust and given a wash of Black. As you can see I cheated a bit because there aren't NBWs in every spot there should be on the horizontal stringers between the piles directly under the deck. don't think they will be seen but if the absence of them shows up later I'll go back and stick them in.

I have also been cutting up a load of basswood into 9" wide planks (about 2.5" thick) for the deck and the paint on them is drying prior to sicking them down.



That's a heap of castings from Walt (Rusty Stumps) along with a few other manufacturers that I am painting in the background.

Thanks Walt


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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AVRR-PA
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Posted - 11/25/2010 :  6:19:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit AVRR-PA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The NBW police are happy with your work!

Don



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acousticco
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Posted - 11/25/2010 :  6:37:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit acousticco's Homepage  Reply with Quote
It's looking really good Neil! That's going to be a great pier when it's finished and I really like how you designed your transfer table.

-Cody



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 11/25/2010 :  7:20:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote



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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 12/04/2010 :  11:53:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Neil, the waterfront is really progressing beautifully. I love seeing maring vessels in model railroad scenes!

Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Neil M
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Posted - 12/04/2010 :  7:29:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys. I have since painted the pier deck and added a bumper at the end of the pier (that acts more to catch the trip pins on the couplers than the wheels, as it should) with NBWs though the bumper to the piles.



I haven't built the row of piles that are against the retaining wall at the shore end f the pier yet but I hope to do that shortly and get the pier stuck down.

If only I could find a colour that gave a good impression of depth to the water!


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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deemery
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Posted - 12/04/2010 :  7:49:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today's Shorpy (maybe first of 12), a shot of the NY waterfront in 1908, might be of interest: http://www.shorpy.com/node/9457?size=_original

dave


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 12/04/2010 :  7:56:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Neil that's looking really good. I think a very high gloss to the water will do more
to give it depth than the color (as long as it's a dark color).



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Neil M
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Posted - 12/05/2010 :  10:48:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's a great photo Dave! I love all the action in that picture.

Mike, I think you are right. The front of the water area has a gloss coat on it and looks better (also the flash in that picture accentuates the blues over the grey-brown).


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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AVRR-PA
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Posted - 12/05/2010 :  6:18:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit AVRR-PA's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Neil -- Dave Frary recommends top-coating water (Envirotex or whatever) with Minwax Polycrylic - that's the water-based, totally colorless polyurethane varnish. Among other things, it makes the water a lot easier to keep clean. FWIW.

The mini is looking excellent.

Don



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