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sgtbob
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Posted - 11/07/2017 :  12:35:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Carl,
Why I think you need at least one small light in your clock tower. If you have not seen the movie
"Hugo", it is supposed to be a kids movie but the graphics will knock your socks off. Hugo's
uncle is the clock keeper who lives in the attics of the Paris train station and he
lubricates the gears and keeps all the clocks in working order. He dies and Hugo takes over the
clock work.

This clip gives you a taste:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVQ6hiIPkvM

and this clip shows the fabulous models used to recreate the train wreck:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCVXl5q5NT8
mind boggling but it's CLOCKS and MODEL TRAINS.

Bob


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Edited by - sgtbob on 11/07/2017 12:55:08 PM

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Carl B
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Posted - 11/07/2017 :  1:40:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Bob for those links! I'll be putting a light in the first floor of the clock.

As a matter of fact, I've been researching/studying cinematography and special effects in features films and TV for years!
I think all of us involved in "miniatures", is basically a special effects artist.

My 40 year career in television as a maintenance engineer also allowed me to participate in many "green screen" set-ups.
A fascinating business, now propelled by computers, but sill requiring humans to do the "grunt work"!



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Carl B
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  06:56:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The background of this diorama will be 5 structures built side-by-side. The 24" wide Faller #130915 "Stadthauserzeile Goethestrasse" or "Row of Townhouses", comes in a gigantic box, and includes 4 complete buildings. However, I must make them " background flats" since I only have about 2" -3" of depth available. Note, there are 2 tall and 2 short units. Each may stand alone if you like. The box top photo is deceptive, the set includes only the 4 buildings in the middle, of the 6 that are shown.



Inside, the structures are individually wrapped with their own instruction sheets.



I began with one of the shorter ones, 3 stories plus roof. I've cut the sides in half, shortened the "floor", sanded, painted and built sub assemblies here. In these kits, Faller detours from Vollmer in that the walls are individual floors brought together. (Not a pleasant task) .The back wall and roof, windows and other un-used parts will be saved for building #5 in this row, and possible future projects. Incidentally, both Vollmer and Faller seem to include parts on sprues that may not be necessarily used in your kit. It's in the fine print of the pictograms. A small benefit to the purchaser from what I assume are their massive production lines.



Windows have acetate, curtains and completed glue up...



A different way of supporting the resistors for the LEDS-no "board" necessary this time...just some square stock wrapped with copper tape, which also braces the back. Left the leads long for easy switch out or repair. Black & white hook-up wire carries voltage to the next building.



The remaining three building fronts were painted and assembled virtually the same way, and in assembly line fashion....this is the other short one, or about 6 1/2" tall by 5" wide. Deciding on different paint schemes was the most difficult task!



The other two are 4 stories plus roof. These are approximately 8 1 /2" tall x 4 3/4" wide and just 1 5/8" deep. No weathering here, but small amounts will be added later.





I built the 5th flat with extra pieces from the first 4 kits..



Till next time.... finished with structures...starting to fill in the blanks....a complicated base must be started now...




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kebmo
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  07:33:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit kebmo's Homepage  Reply with Quote



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joakleaf
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  07:45:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking good - too early for a group photo?


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Bill Gill
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  07:51:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A nice variety of colors, Carl, looks good.


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Ensign
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  08:58:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carl, your definitely modeling with a European accent, I can hear it in your build descriptions.

Looking good my friend!

Greg Shinnie



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sgtbob
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  09:21:26 AM  Show Profile  Visit sgtbob's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks very good !!

Bob


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Guff
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  11:18:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful Builds!


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desertdrover
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  2:50:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice work with these structures, I also see you have a power company installing your lights.

Louis
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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  3:06:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks perfect to me.

Jerry

"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  6:18:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Carl nice going on building #5. I see you're keeping with the muted earth tones. Very nice.


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kebmo
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  6:43:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit kebmo's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i really like the window treatments. did they come with the kit or did you create them?


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Carl B
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Posted - 11/08/2017 :  9:03:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you Kevin, Jim, Bill, Greg, Bob, Dave, Louis, Jerry, and Frank.

Jim- I'll see if I can find a group photo- it's on my cameras' memory card somewhere!

Frank- Yes sir- there was a concerted effort to keep earth tones- after we saw them used so much...visiting Europe on the internet!

Kevin- the window treatments were a very clear request from the Mrs.: "Every window will have curtains!"
Most were provided in the kit on glossy paper- some I found on-line...just for more variety.

Unfortunately, the task of cutting and fitting EVERY window was quite the time-eater. I was not amused.



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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 11/09/2017 :  10:31:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Carl B



Frank- Yes sir- there was a concerted effort to keep earth tones- after we saw them used so much...visiting Europe on the internet!



Ah visiting Europe on the internet, now THAT's the way to visit Europe.



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