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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:17 pm

Gerry Bullock wrote:Gnot sure you can Gavin, wasn't aware that it wasn't a digital video BUT YOUTUBE suggests you can upload VHS.
Perhaps someone more in tune with modern technology can help :wink:


My ageing ATI Graphics card has AV input in the form of a S-Video socket, I use a SCART => PHONO adaptor in the back of a VCR and then a PHONO => S-Video lead to connect to the Graphics card in the PC. The ATI Card came with video grabbing software and it is perfectly possible to take a VHS tape and convert it into a DVD.

Alternatively, a VCR/DVD±R Combo would do the job, then the DVD can be ripped/uploaded onto the PC (assuming that the PC has a DVD drive.... :wink: )
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Sun Nov 04, 2007 10:55 pm

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Gerry Bullock wrote:Gnot sure you can Gavin, wasn't aware that it wasn't a digital video BUT YOUTUBE suggests you can upload VHS.
Perhaps someone more in tune with modern technology can help :wink:


My ageing ATI Graphics card has AV input in the form of a S-Video socket, I use a SCART => PHONO adaptor in the back of a VCR and then a PHONO => S-Video lead to connect to the Graphics card in the PC. The ATI Card came with video grabbing software and it is perfectly possible to take a VHS tape and convert it into a DVD.

Alternatively, a VCR/DVD±R Combo would do the job, then the DVD can be ripped/uploaded onto the PC (assuming that the PC has a DVD drive.... :wink: )


:shock: Um, English only, spoken here.....
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Postby Jblair » Mon Nov 05, 2007 4:02 am

Gerry,

The way I convert VHS to digital format is by recording the VHS onto a digital video camera (connected via standard RCA video connections) then upload it from the camera using the 1394 or firewire connection onto the computer. (assuming your computer has a firewire connection and you have a digital video camera) :lol:

Most digital video cameras allow for the recording direct from an analog source. Some like mine can operate in a pass through mode allowing the analog signal to pass straight through the camera and out the digital connection without first saving the video to tape. Very Handy :wink:

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Postby DCRfan » Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:31 am

Whats been up with the website? It's not been accessable for nearly two hours.

Three Gn15 layouts on display at model railway meeting tonight

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The overall scene. The simple lighting is amazingly effective

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One box, two trees, one track, one loco and a stump = fun, fun, fun

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Postby Steve Bennett » Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:37 am

:lol: The beer crate is a good bit of fun :) .
The trees do look remarkably effective, even though they are intended for HO. A good quick solution to adding to a scene.
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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Wed Nov 07, 2007 6:53 pm

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:shock: Um, English only, spoken here.....



I only said it was possible, I didn't say it was understandable!! :twisted: :twisted:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:18 pm

:D Lovely photos, thanks Paul. Just digressing to the thread on Flash Photography in Blether. Judge for yourself, which is the more evocative pic ? :roll:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:41 am

8) Now featuring in the Mid November 'Small Layout Scrapbook' :wink:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:51 am

:roll:

RailEx 2007, the comments...

'Mummy, come and have a look at this little one' :lol:

'Cute'

'Mummy, come and have a look at this little one' :D

'Now that is real arty'

'Mummy, come and have a look at this little one' :)

'Neat'

'Mummy, come and have a look at this little one' :o

'Doesn't he get giddy going around like that'

'Mummy, come and have a look at this little one' :?

'Sowry, trust you to take the p*** out of model railroading' (my ex boss, whom I politely told to p*** off, in the best possible taste, you understand) 8)

'Come on kids, it's time for the Santa Parade'...'Mummy, we want to stay here and watch this one'

'I'm going to have a go at some thing like that'

..and finally the perennial dumb question... 'Is that Marklin?' (no matter what I run, I get the same question every year, without fail) :evil:
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Postby DCRfan » Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:26 am

You must look like a Markin sort of guy:twisted:

Following on that vein, it's something we haven't had yet, have we(?), a Markin Gn15 loco. Who will dare be first :P
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:59 am

[quote="DCRfan"]You must look like a Markin sort of guy :P[quote]

:? Yeah Right

Why do I now feel as though there is another Tui billboard coming....in fact, a one worder to boot (don't copy their logo though, I somehow think that they may be able to afford a wee bit more for litigation than you or I have)
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Nov 23, 2007 7:58 am

:D Layout has been 'invited' (commanded, more like) to attend the Model Railway Convention at Napier next Easter...please, we will pay petrol money... Appears we are also having Chris attend as well, and DCRfan is wanting to run a Special Interest meet there for Gn15... looks like I have to go, that's at least 4 starters for that session.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:54 am

Sounds good Gavin, a great way to bring the joys of our modelling to the masses. Above all, it sounds like a lot of fun :) .
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:09 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:Above all, it sounds like a lot of fun :) .


:lol: Wouldn't do it otherwise. :wink:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:02 am

Steve Bennett wrote:Sounds good Gavin, a great way to bring the joys of our modelling to the masses. Above all, it sounds like a lot of fun :) .


8) Yes, my e-mail has been going hot....expect to see at least two more mini pizzas from this part of the universe soon. :wink:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:05 am

Gavin Sowry wrote:expect to see at least two more mini pizzas from this part of the universe soon. :wink:


I presume you were warned that they are addictive :) yes, must have been :) .
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:34 am

:shock: It was partly due to my predeliction for pizzas of the edible kind that led to a recent health scare (reality call, more like). I'm not so sure that the alternative, pizzas of the railway kind, are all that good for one's sanity either.
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Mon Dec 17, 2007 7:50 am

8)

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For many years, and a few more, I have been a proponent of hand laid track, mainly 'cause nobody made Sn3½ track and HO didn't cut it for me.
Now, of course, living in the realms of Gn15, On30 is par for the course. And just to prove the point, this shot of Pizza 'n Beer in its Mk I tree stage shows the PECO track, which to my eyes, looks as good as hand laid. In fact, I doubt that I could have done hand laid this good. :roll: :roll:
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:35 am

Gavin Sowry wrote: -------, this shot of Pizza 'n Beer in its Mk I tree stage shows the PECO track, which to my eyes, looks as good as hand laid. In fact, I doubt that I could have done hand laid this good. :roll: :roll:
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I agree Gavin 8) not that you couldn't have done it :wink: but that it looks as good :!:
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Postby andrew milner » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:39 am

Me too 8) In fact, it doesn't look like Peco at all because of the lack of shine, very nice :D
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Postby Sir Briand » Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:30 pm

Remarkable Gavin :shock: .

How did you get it to bend that sharply without any kinks?

And, probably more importantly, how did you get the ends to join without getting a slight jiggle to derail everything?

I know, cut the srips between the sleepers, prebend the rail etcetera. Been there, done that and still got disaster :oops: .
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:52 pm

Sir Briand wrote:And, probably more importantly, how did you get the ends to join without getting a slight jiggle to derail everything?


Normally, the end of the rails need to be discarded after bending, as it is almost impossible to get it to bend to the same radius as the rest, even using a railbender. Without doing this, you will get problems at the join, as it wont follow the same curve as the rest of the circle.

Now somebody is going to come back with an answer on how to do it :) .
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:25 am

Sir Briand wrote:Remarkable Gavin :shock: .

And, probably more importantly, how did you get the ends to join without getting a slight jiggle to derail everything?


:idea: Secret formula, but since we are all friends here, I'll tell you...
Obviously, you know the trick about snipping the sleeper base. My method (madness), is to bend the low leg (inside rail) and join it up with the normal fishplate (rail joiner)...this may require slicing off some spikes, as one does, to allow the joiner to slide right back...usual procedure. This of course leaves a gap on the other rail. The trick then, for the high leg (outside rail), is to take a piece of left over rail of the same type you are using, and bend it with pliers, thumbs, or your own prefered method, to get the radius. Cut to length, slide on joiners, slice off the spike heads, place rail, join up, gauge and pin with real pins. If you've done it right, all the joints will be staggered. :!:
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Postby Gavin Sowry » Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:34 am

Andrew Milner wrote:...doesn't look like Peco at all because of the lack of shine :D


8) Trade Secrets Part II.
Lay track, spray track with grey primer out of aerosol can, ballast with favourite mix (flood with dilute PVA), then sprinkle some dry dust over it.
:twisted: According to DCRfan, this wouldn't be a Sowry Special, unless it has been flooded in glue. :twisted:

Finally, wrap finger in rag and clean off rail tops. :lol:
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Postby DCRfan » Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:45 am

Noah aka Gavin,

You last line was mysteriously missed off :shock: 'Then flood on more dilited PVA in case any living thing survived the first flood.' :lol: :lol: :wink:
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