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Postby Peter » Fri Feb 09, 2007 9:26 pm

That's right bodger engineering there Paul :D
I don't know what you're talking about with this white styrofoam, all I can see is that there is some shiny quartz crystals littered throughout the strata. ;)
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Postby DCRfan » Fri Feb 09, 2007 9:47 pm

Peter wrote:That's right bodger engineering there Paul :D
I don't know what you're talking about with this white styrofoam, all I can see is that there is some shiny quartz crystals littered throughout the strata. ;)


Love it - I'll hold onto that excuse, ahem, I mean explanation :lol: :D
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Postby scott b » Fri Feb 09, 2007 9:59 pm

So what loco do you have that will run on your layout in the first picture? :wink: I think you need to post that on the "inclines" thread.

In regards to the white bits that show only when you take pictures, Brian F. advice to me is "when you think you`re finished take pictures and look at them, they will show you that you are not in fact finished but your eye has filled in what you want to be done." That guy always full of good advice, but I always have more to do after talking with him :lol:

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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Feb 09, 2007 9:59 pm

:wink: You must get Baabra to take all that background 'stuff' back to the school... definately taking up too much modelling room. 8)
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Postby michael » Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:15 am

So basically when you go to a show you need a little container of crushed milk bottle, (Fines from the mining operation of quartz crystals) it sells for x$ per thimble full believe me it works, especially if some of the samples are polished, You should see some of the stuff that........
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Postby DCRfan » Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:54 am

Peter wrote:That's right bodger engineering there Paul :D
I don't know what you're talking about with this white styrofoam, all I can see is that there is some shiny quartz crystals littered throughout the strata. ;)


You just can't keep a secret these days :cry: Look what appeared in todays evening local paper :wink:

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Postby DCRfan » Sat Feb 10, 2007 10:35 am

The mine inspectors leave the workface after checking the tunnel. It wasn't gold bearing quartz :cry:

Now that the tunnel has been given a few washes of browish paint to match the natural stone colour (and cover up the quatz :wink:) work on completing the tunnel can restart.

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Postby Peter » Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:40 pm

Wow, That last picture is excellent :shock:

Look what appeared in todays evening local paper

Today?! I knew it was a different season in the upside down part of the world :wink: but didn't know it was a different decade! :lol:
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Postby michael » Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:15 pm

Actually he was caught up in the Tardis and pushed the wrong date button!
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Postby scott b » Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:30 pm

Paul, I have to agree with Peter, that is a fantastic picture, you should enter it in one of those railway photo contests, it really shows the atmosphere of the tunnel, very good.

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Postby michael » Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:37 pm

No :twisted: it wouldnt pass muster :!:
The judges would toss it out for someone trying to cheat and entering a picture of real life :wink:
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Postby DCRfan » Sat Feb 10, 2007 9:17 pm

Thanks for your kind words. To explain the date, the layout is an accurate reproduction of an actual tramway. When I display it I put up a few photocopies of actual newspaper articles from the period.

The dummy article is an idea I have been thinking of to display historical information incorporating pictures of the layout so the date needs to be right.
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Postby DCRfan » Mon Feb 12, 2007 6:20 am

The City Council need a compressor for their tunnel.

Call in Dicey Engineering Inc. After a raid on all the junk boxes we have the beginnings - 1:35 scale truck radiator and fuel tank, a pair of batteries from ??, 1:18th scale Mini motor, 1:20th (but actually 1:16 or even bigger) motorcycle engine and a 1:25th truck fuel tank all held together on a channel frame :D

I'm not yet sure if the air tank will end up horizontal or upright and it needs some sort of control box:roll:

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Postby michael » Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:07 pm

Great Mix Paul, sometimes I wish my mind worked a bit more that way. :)
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Postby DCRfan » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:17 am

After way too long the Christmas holiday project is to do something about the empty basement under the project office so today a spare loco battery box, stand and battery charger were constructed. Next in line is an endless chain block & tackle hanging from one of the floor support joists to lift the loco battery boxes on and off.

The floor is shiny as I just dirted it with very dilute black paint so the picture was to see what it looked like as I'm toying with painting it gloss to represent a wet floor.

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Postby michael » Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:27 pm

Paul good to see some more work on the sevice area, it looks great.
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Postby DCRfan » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:34 am

Just a few days short of a year since the last posting :oops: :oops: :oops: I have finally made some progress. At Railex 08 I was requested to display the complete Mt Albert layout at a Vintage Fair at local urban tramway museum the weekend after Christmas. So some real modelling building clutter for the basement scene has been occuring. The compressor is finished, crane to go on the roof over the battery charge area and some clay sandbags to stack around the tunnel portal to stop flooding

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Postby DCRfan » Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:56 am

I've set up Mt Albert to test and titivate before next weekends exhibition. Tonight I've been playing in the dark.

How the tramway would have looked once all the neighbours were asleep

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Looking back up the tramway from the site office

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While in basement work goes on. A check of the compressor
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While moments later a loco appears out of the tunnel
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Postby jb » Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:24 am

Paul, those scenes look fantastic.
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Postby michael » Sat Dec 20, 2008 4:24 pm

Wonderful shots Paul, what a lot of character. it would almost warrant getting a location at railex that had a set of black drapes and dim lighting inside so that you could set it up like an old carnival tent. Come and see the amazing Mnt. Albert Workings :!: only a dollar. :twisted:
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Postby Rob R » Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:13 pm

Michael said

Come and see the amazing Mnt. Albert Workings only a dollar.


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Postby calme1952 » Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:20 pm

Hello,
Great , always a pleasure to have a look at your work .
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Postby DCRfan » Sat Dec 20, 2008 7:27 pm

michael wrote:Wonderful shots Paul, what a lot of character. it would almost warrant getting a location at railex that had a set of black drapes and dim lighting inside so that you could set it up like an old carnival tent. Come and see the amazing Mnt. Albert Workings :!: only a dollar. :twisted:


Trust you to come up with a very interesting concept as normally we are all chasing MORE light during exhibitions. Perhaps one of those portable garden sunshades with one side open along the exhibition line - Hmmmmmmm

It would also keep the rain off should we every exhibit at the same facility we used this year :oops:
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Postby michael » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:16 pm

Just noticed that you hit the 2500 posts mark Congratulations :!:
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Postby Pandy » Sat Dec 20, 2008 8:17 pm

Really well done Paul ! Must say the shots along the tunnel really do convey the feeling of being underground so well, I've done a fair bit of scampering about below the surface in the past and you've certainly captured it. As for the basement, it reminds me of the service ducts below the hospital where I grew up & worked for a while. I'm seriously impressed (and doubting my own skills) Thanks for sharing it with us all !
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