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drmsparks
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Posted - 02/16/2020 :  4:47:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Gang! It's been a while since I've posted anything, life does that sometimes but I'm back modeling. 2019 was a good year and 2020 is off to a great start.

I'm doing a bunch of different projects in different media to learn the skills I need.

I'd eventually like to build a convention style shadowbox layout. I've also got the Coon Gap Sawmill (new release) that is one of my dream builds.

I'm starting my return to railroading with a build of a stoney creek designs kit, Willis Saddlery.


Here it is a few days ago. I started this early in 2019 but got scared off by the framing (that and I needed supplies for some stuff I was changing in the kit.)

I'm not very good at framing yet.

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drmsparks
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Posted - 02/17/2020 :  7:44:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Trying to get the pictures to work...






Edited by - drmsparks on 02/17/2020 7:47:26 PM

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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/17/2020 :  10:17:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
David, the file name looks okay. Is the file smaller than 80kb?


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Rick
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Posted - 02/18/2020 :  05:31:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's Randy's picture.
The picture was too big to post so I resized it making the longest side 850 pixels.



Your model looks real good.



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 02/18/2020 :  07:58:22 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes, I agree, looks real good.

On the subject of uploading images, one of the last times this came up somebody recommended Image Size, a cellphone app. Iíve been using it ever since. Thank you whoever that was.

Mike



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drmsparks
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Posted - 02/18/2020 :  09:44:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll do some more resizing....I got them all under 250 K so far.....

looks like I need to change the physical size of the image as opposed to the file size?
SNIP
I'm at a loss. They are all under 150K, the last one, the smallest is 465 x 340. I'm using the generic microsoft photo editor



Edited by - drmsparks on 03/29/2020 3:16:43 PM

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Rick
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Posted - 02/18/2020 :  10:10:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Randy, the first picture in your last post is 991 x871 pixels.
I changed the longest side to 850 pixels and saved it at a medium resolution.



It is now 105 KB and posts fine.
remember you need to reduce the physical size and the file size.



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Rick
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Posted - 02/18/2020 :  10:13:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote


Your last picture posts fine without any changes from me.
I bet the site you're trying to link to doesn't allow linking.
Please upload your pictures directly to the forum.
That's what I did.



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drmsparks
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Posted - 02/18/2020 :  10:39:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm coming from google pics. Do I need a photo album here to upload? I'll try attaching files again

Download Attachment: starting framing.jpg
96.4†KB

That got the file onboard but not for display. How should I upload it to display?

oh yeah. one more thing......I'm Dave. :>



Edited by - drmsparks on 02/18/2020 10:44:03 AM

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Rick
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Posted - 02/18/2020 :  11:45:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dave, my bad, not sure where I got Randy from.

This link will explain how you edit the photo string to get your picture to show: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15110

No, you don't need an album.
It seems like a lot of work now to post a picture, but once you do it a few times it will be easy.



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drmsparks
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Posted - 02/22/2020 :  10:24:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok, let's try again....

Having decided to get back into modeling I've needed to refresh my skills.

As I mentioned, I started with Willis Saddlery.

My goals here are to improve my skills with wood and start finishing off some of the magnificient craftsman kits I've collected over the years.

I started the kit and then sat on it for 6-8 months because I wanted to re engineer the walls and I was seriously intimidated by the framing...

This month I started the framing




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drmsparks
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Posted - 02/22/2020 :  10:28:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I realized pretty quick I was not really good at framing. It's almost square.....

It still goes together though and doesn't look bad assembled....

I have been working with 1/35 armor as well as 1/48 aircraft (plastic has always been my strong medium) and am experimenting with artists oils. I used a mix of these to stain and tint the framing.












Edited by - drmsparks on 02/22/2020 10:32:10 AM

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drmsparks
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Posted - 02/22/2020 :  10:54:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Next up my customization....

I try to avoid the Tom Yorke school of modeling. Just because something can be cobbled together or improvised doesn't mean it should be. My railroad vision is a more perfect world where structures in general are more upkept. I still love to look at some run down gear, I just don't always want to model it that way.

So to make my life more interesting I made homemade board and batten siding






Edited by - drmsparks on 02/22/2020 11:02:58 AM

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drmsparks
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Posted - 02/22/2020 :  11:07:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have to admit finding the sweet spot on photos here is the most aggravating thing I've done lately.....and I teach fifth graders full time...

This is the 10th time I've tried on this photo alone....





Download Attachment: sidng done 8.jpg
21.26 KB






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drmsparks
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Posted - 02/22/2020 :  11:14:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
and I have no idea why that worked last time but not the previous 9....

I also changed the structure from a tar paper roof to shingled and used the aluminum sheets that came as siding for the porch roof.

Structure is pretty much done except for weathering and superdetails...









Download Attachment: finaldetails2c.jpg
40.77†KB

Download Attachment: finaldetails3b.jpg
36.56†KB



Edited by - drmsparks on 02/22/2020 11:28:17 AM

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drmsparks
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Posted - 03/29/2020 :  3:16:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just stopping by to say hello. I haven't gotten any further on the structure. I don't want to do too much detailing until I know the building's final setting.

I suppose this is a good time talk about my plans a little more. I've been on the forums since 2004 and modelled on and off. All On30. Mostly designed for modules. I've been following two layouts on the forum lately and they have had a lot of influence on my modeling ideas, specifically The oak grove railroad http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=47369 and the Whiskey gap and southern http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=48456

I love how Terrell built up his layout- individual structures to a module to a layout. David's work on the Whiskey gap and southern motivates me everytime I see it.

Lastly the currently running shadow box thread is exactly how I pictured putting everything together.

In keeping with Terrell's inspiration, I'm going to continue creating the pieces. I'm going to try to keep all future modeling in this thread, so here is a link to my last big project here, the first of the new layout builds...my lengthened OF 2-8-0 http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16529

Oh yeah....to straighten out the photo issue I've been saving them through the windows photo viewer/editor in thumbnail format and then uploading them.











Edited by - drmsparks on 03/29/2020 3:19:03 PM

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