Dickensville: The other side of the background

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Dickensville: The other side of the background

Postby gsnelson » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:25 pm

In trying to cram a few more buildings into Dickensville's overcrowded geography, I realized that I had done nothing with the other side of the background. So I added another nine inches of two-inch blue foam insulation board and sketched out a way of getting five buildings and some archways into the space. Here are early results--before any detail work is done. The building in the center is Clennam and Son, from Little Dorritt as seen on Masterpiece Theatre. I used google Images to get a front elevation.
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Postby dottney » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:28 pm

Oh man I didn't think this layout could get any better and now you've done more!!!! Your work is very inspirational and I am studying the photos to get more ideas.
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Postby 600mm » Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:42 pm

that is marvelous the correct Gn15 atmosphere
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Mar 19, 2010 4:07 pm

Superb modelling as always Gerry, you certainly have the right touch for these kind of buildings.
If you get a chance, an overall shot sometime would really help to put the new additions into context with the rest of the layout. No rush :lol: I appreciate it is a work in progress :wink:
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Postby Rowley » Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:49 pm

Superlatives don't do it justice All I can say is "WOW" RUDDY MARVELLOUS"
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Postby gsnelson » Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:50 pm

First, thank you for all the nice feedback! Now, for what it is worth, here is a really terrible shot taken from above the workbench. Sorry, it's the best I could manage without falling into a bad part of town.

The picture might show how simple the whole thing is, and destroy the illusion at the same time.
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Postby gsnelson » Sat Mar 20, 2010 12:37 am

Oh, gee whiz.... I just looked at that picture on line, and I'm horrified. The flash washed all the color out. Normally, I use my little Panasonic Lumix GF1 on a tripod, set at IA (point-and-shoot) and the flash turned safely off. That makes the colors come out the way I see them. The exposures are rather long, but with a tripod, who cares? For the pictures at the top I used Photoshop only to shrink the size of the file. But tonight for the overhead shot I used a little pocket job held above my head and guessed at where the subject was. Learned my lesson, I did! Sorry.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:50 am

No apology required Gerry, that is a very useful photo, it shows a lot more of how things fit together. I'm actually surprised at how much space there is between the buildings, you really dont see that from the normal viewing angles. Thanks, off to look at the previous pics in a new light now :wink:
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Postby Adrian » Sat Mar 20, 2010 1:35 pm

G'day Gerry

The picture does show how simple the layout is but in no way does it destroy the illusion.

It just shows that you have mastered this form of modelling. You have made the whole greater than the sum of the individual parts......something I would really like to be able to do.

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Postby Geno6309 » Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:23 pm

This is going to require some study. Most of what we do in modelling is illusion, making paper look like metal, making plastic look like wood, etc.

Yep, this is going to require some serious study.

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Postby gsnelson » Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:56 pm

Thanks, guys! I feel better now than I did last night when my wife said, "You didn't use THAT picture, did you"?
I like the way you reminded me that the magic of small-space railroading is working with illusions.
When this little pizza (now 30" by 50") won't hold any more buildings (I'd like to do Mrs. Lovett's Pies and Sweeney Todd's barbershop) I will have to rip out my never-used HO round-the-(small) room-layout and make it a Gn15 layout. I guess it won't be a mini then. But I will probably build it as a series of minis.
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Postby altterrain » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:47 pm

I agree, even with the colors a bit off its a most useful picture to see how it all fits together. It also demonstrates how tricky indoor photography can be even for the more veteran photographers! :wink:

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Postby Dallas_M » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:39 pm

Hi Gerry --

Glad to see the new additions and appreciate your efforts to share those here. The "nice" photos are a great way to enjoy your wonderful layout ... and the "ugly" photo is valuable too! :lol:
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Postby Bilco » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:01 am

Wonderful overall view, Gerry, whatever the technical shortcomings of the photography! I like all the little alleyways - you can imagine Bill Sikes and Bulls-eye lurking in the darkness, up to no good :shock:
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Postby Korschtal » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:41 am

What amazes me is the amount of space between buildings in the middle: I'd be trying to squeeze more in, so that's a handy lesson in itself. The black and blank walls made me think too.

You've got me thinking of urban scenes to model -apart from the squalor and dodgy eneterprises this is very similar to our old village with buildings all squashed together.
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Postby Rudolf » Sun Mar 21, 2010 5:59 pm

Good evening Gerry,

I´ve been some days offline. And what did I find, after coming back? Your layout. Boa ey, geil!! The only thing I can say is: I find it great and I love it! Congratulations!
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Postby Bilco » Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:53 am

Hi Gerry - congratulations on getting another mention on Carl's site in the latest issue!
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Postby gsnelson » Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:30 pm

Hey Bill,
Thanks for pointing that out to me. I hadn't seen it yet. A nice surprise.
Carl has been very, very good to me--pulling me back to authentic nineteenth century styles when I wander to more recent rolling stock that just wouldn't be right, and writing the most amusing and information-packed emails in the history of communication!

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Postby underworld » Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:12 pm

Hey Gerry!
Yes, congratulations on being on the Carendt site!
Just saw the "aerial" photo you did in March. Don't sweat the lighting, very correctable in Photoshop. Another way to manage a shot like that without flash or a tripod is to take a few reflector lamps and aim them at the ceiling.
The light bounces off and down.....depending on the angle you can make it look like sunlight. I did enjoy seeing overhead....so few layouts are ever shot that way.


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