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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:52 pm

Great Steve, I've been using these lighters for a few years now however you've given me uses for parts I previously ditched. One of our MRC members is a (non-smoking)Trucker so I'll get him to collect a few more on his travels. :wink:
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Postby Glen A » Fri Apr 17, 2009 9:28 pm

Some fantastic detailing ideas there (as usual) Steve. Great for putting in a small gap on any layout.
I don't know any smokers, but those old CD drives and other electronic junk I horde in the garage must have similar spring etc, so thanks for the good ideas, I might just go out and have a rummage :)

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Postby foswaldy13 » Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:09 pm

I must say Steve, For such a small simple layout, this is magnificent. Sometimes layouts get overdetailed to the point they become a distraction from the trains themselves. I am glad you exercised some restraint for once. :D :lol: :lol:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:30 pm

Restraint :?: thats my middle name :lol: and thanks for the compliment.
To be truthful, it has taken a long time to learn that and I do find it easier with scenic work than with weathering, where I often go too far.

It was a change in technique that made the real difference for me. Instead of looking at the layouts/dioramas as a whole, I switched to making a series of small cameo's with negative space between, where nothing much was happening.

Even on a layout this small, I still deliberately left areas rather plain, with the main areas of interest being around the garbage bin at the back right corner, the area around the fire hydrant against the building, with finally the fence along the front.
The areas I tried not to draw attention to, are the gates at the left and around the tracks in the middle, leaving centre stage clear for the main players, the trains :) . Though maybe not to everybodies taste, it works for me :wink: .

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There is an old saying in modelling, it's not what you put in, it's what you leave off, that makes the difference :) . Maybe there is some truth in that.
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Postby martin » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:20 am

Steve Bennett wrote:
There is an old saying in modelling, it's not what you put in, it's what you leave off, that makes the difference :) . Maybe there is some truth in that.


There is a career in theatre design waiting for you if you ever need it! That's pretty much what Ralph Koltai (perhaps britains greatest theatre designer) said : "once you have finished, take absolutely everything unnecessary away and then you have your design"
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:38 am

martin wrote:There is a career in theatre design waiting for you if you ever need it!


:lol: Not sure about a career Martin, but I have done a little on a purely amateur level. My sister has a ballet school and puts on a theatre show every couple of years and I help with the set design. I think that is about my limit though, but thanks.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:44 am

Glen A wrote:Some fantastic detailing ideas there (as usual) Steve. Great for putting in a small gap on any layout.
I don't know any smokers, but those old CD drives and other electronic junk I horde in the garage must have similar spring etc, so thanks for the good ideas, I might just go out and have a rummage :)


Dont fill all the gaps though Glen, take note of the comments above :) .

You are right, there are loads of parts waiting to be used in old electronic gear, especially something that is motorised in some way. Printers, scanners, disc drives, not to mention cassette players, clocks and a host of other items are full of potential clutter. Let your imagination go, it's fun seeing what you can use :wink: .
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Postby Jon Randall » Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:11 am

Steve Bennett wrote:
a massive 2kg or 1 pound 2 ounces

Which one Steve :?: 2kg is 4.4lb. 1 lb 2 oz is 0.6kg :?
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Postby dieselwater » Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:28 am

Great idea :idea: I'll have to nab my friends when he's finished with it. Surprising amount of bits from one.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:42 am

Jon Randall wrote:Which one Steve :?: 2kg is 4.4lb. 1 lb 2 oz is 0.6kg :?
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:oops: :oops: :oops:
Can you tell I'm not used to these metric weights yet :roll: was reading the wrong dial on the scales :lol:

The correct weight is 1 lb 2 oz or if you prefer 0.6kg.

Back to school for me :lol:
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Postby Jon Randall » Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:45 am

Cheers Steve I thought 2 kg was blooming heavy. I'm the opposite I can't work with imperial. I use the bag-of-sugar index. 1kg=2.2lb.
I had to google how many ounces in a pound. :roll:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:05 am

Jon Randall wrote:Cheers Steve I thought 2 kg was blooming heavy. I'm the opposite I can't work with imperial. I use the bag-of-sugar index. 1kg=2.2lb.
I had to google how many ounces in a pound. :roll:


See, we are from different generations :lol:
I tend to use the bag of sugar index as well, but it didnt register with this :roll:
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Postby Jon Randall » Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:24 am

I'm from the cross-over generation :roll: I weigh myself in stones and my tobacco in 1/2 ounces. Everything else is in grammes :roll:
As for distance, millimeters, inches, feet, metres and miles :roll:
They should decimalise time next :twisted: :lol:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:31 am

Jon Randall wrote:They should decimalise time next :twisted: :lol:


Metric time 8) I like that. 100 minutes in an hour and 100 hours in a day, that might just give enough time to get everything done :lol:
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Postby DCRfan » Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:00 am

Steve Bennett wrote:
Jon Randall wrote:They should decimalise time next :twisted: :lol:


Metric time 8) I like that. 100 minutes in an hour and 100 hours in a day, that might just give enough time to get everything done :lol:


:shock: But 10 days in a week ...... :cry: :cry:
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Postby DCRfan » Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:03 am

Steve Bennett wrote:See, we are from different generations :lol:
I tend to use the bag of sugar index as well, but it didnt register with this :roll:


Now we gnow it is a very sweet layout :lol: :lol:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:14 am

DCRfan wrote:Now we gnow it is a very sweet layout :lol: :lol:


:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Jon Randall » Sat Apr 18, 2009 11:38 am

Very gnice Steve.
Hve you considered a dual-gauge micro layout to connect Simplicity Sidings to Vanguard Works :?: (Sorry :wink: )
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:21 pm

Jon Randall wrote:Very gnice Steve.
Hve you considered a dual-gauge micro layout to connect Simplicity Sidings to Vanguard Works :?: (Sorry :wink: )


:lol: No, not thought of dual gauge, though it would be fairly simple to do.
I am considering a new version of Vanguard Works though, as I play mainly with the 9mm gauge at home. Maybe the design will evolve another stage yet :wink:
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Factory and walls

Postby ROBBOSTRAINS » Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:43 pm

Steve,where did the factory wall and the brick walls come from?I thought I had copy of them somewhere but Sods law can't find them!

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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Sat Apr 18, 2009 3:51 pm

ROBBOSTRAINS wrote:Steve,where did the factory wall and the brick walls come from?I thought I had copy of them somewhere but Sods law can't find them!


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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:32 am

OK, this is only slightly on topic, but in the part on using Sea Foam to make plants ( http://forum.gn15.info/viewtopic.php?p=64976#64976 ) I mentioned about the seeds on the pieces used for modelling.

Well, I put some of those seeds into a plant pot on the window ledge, watered them in and put an old coffee jar on top, then forgot about them. This morning I had a look and there are about 10 tiny little plants :roll: Just 2 leaves on each so far and too small to photograph at this stage. If they continue to grow, I will report back on progress.

I must admit, I didnt expect them to grow. I did put some seeds in the fridge to chill them, as from what I read on the web stated they needed to be chilled to germinate, but seems I could have saved some time :lol: . Remains to be seen if they grow far enough to provide any modelling material, but worth a try :wink: .
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Postby Alan » Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:07 pm

Steve Bennett wrote:Remains to be seen if they grow far enough to provide any modelling material, but worth a try.
Wow, so with large degree of added patience, one initial purchase of a box of material could really last a lifetime!
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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:06 pm

Alan wrote:Wow, so with large degree of added patience, one initial purchase of a box of material could really last a lifetime!


Maybe not as much patience as you think Alan, from what I understand, it is an annual plant, grows and flowers in a single growing season, so it could produce a crop each year :lol: . Then again, they might not grow that far in our climate, we shall see :wink: but yes, it does have the potential for a lifetime supply.
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Postby DCRfan » Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:00 am

Move the pot plants to Simplicity Sidings as the track is already laid to harvest your new cash crop
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