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Postby Dallas_M » Tue Apr 13, 2010 4:34 am

Tess --

Neat job and fun stuff! Keep on posting the further mis-adventures of Fred & Sam as they develop. :lol:
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Postby Steve Bennett » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:58 am

Thats put some colour in their cheeks :lol:
See you have been going through the archives for the boxes too, they make great scenic items. I like the wooden Pear boxes, did you use balsa for them :?:
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Postby DCRfan » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:28 am

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Drinking Tooheys and Southern Comfort - what do you expect :roll:
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Postby underworld » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:33 am

DCRfan wrote:Drinking Tooheys and Southern Comfort - what do you expect :roll:


And Fred is sitting on a Mockingbird Tequila carton!!! Quite a bar assortment they have!!!


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Postby NarrowGauge » Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:34 am

Steve Bennett wrote:... I like the wooden Pear boxes, did you use balsa for them :?:


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The Pear boxes are made from both commercial strip wood and el-cheap-o ice cream sticks
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I have managed to get quite a range of sizes and shapes mostly from $2 discount shops around home.
Although the No2 Sticks I got in Brisbane which is about a 5 hour return trip away ..... and no I didn't go there just to get the sticks .... I got some glue as well :lol:

Number 1's are 6mm x 55mm these work great for flat wagon decking
Number 2's are 6mm x 190 I use these for wooden planks on the side of buildings
Number 3's are the standard shape stick that you would get on a ice cream and as of yet I have not used any
(Isn't kinda funny that I haven't made things using standard shape stuff)
Number 4's are 18mm x 150mm and I used them as the ends of the boxes
finally
Number 5's are a massive 25mm x 200mm and I used them as the bottom of the box.

MOST of the stick are around 1mm thick so that works out to be roughly 1 inch thick if you work in 1:24 Scale.
I don't think that you could beat the price at around $2 per pack of 200. You just can't get scale lumber at those sort of prices.

Finally the I glued on the "Pears" label which I downloaded from http://www.paperstuff.com/
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Postby NarrowGauge » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:22 am

I Since the figures arrived I decided to do a little more work on the Loco
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I still need to make some sort of coupler box and a muffler.
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Postby dieselwater » Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:20 am

I love the critter! Proper job 8)
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Postby NarrowGauge » Tue May 04, 2010 1:50 am

I've added a few more things on the layout

Like more boxes of fruit. This time it's peaches made from Sorghum seeds.

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and I finished the grass and added some dandelion weeds at the very front and around the workshop.
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I've also added a tree (still to be glued down) I know that in all likely hood it would have been cut down for access reasons not to mention the potential damage the roots could cause to the track work but I just felt it needed to be there to balance out the model. It's it great to be the creator of your own universe ... all be it a micro one :lol:

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Postby underworld » Tue May 04, 2010 2:57 am

Very cool Tess!!! 8) The peaches look real!


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Postby Glen A » Tue May 04, 2010 6:18 am

I was impressed by the peaches too.

Good job Tess! 8)

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Postby Little Andi. » Tue May 04, 2010 6:53 am

Hey Tess'.............

I'm just sorry it's taken me this amount of time to respond to your thread, and project.
It's impressive to say the least, and I can openly applaud the efforts and achievements, the build itself - is demonstrably heroic.
However, I do think the main thing for me is the "different" perspective you've brought to the build, there seems a palpable "freshness" to the way you're approaching the project............... and I don't intend to turn this into a gender issue. But I do think that you've somehow made it more "Accessable and inviting"? And I too, like others - admire your fruit...................oo-eer missus!

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Postby JackBlack » Tue May 04, 2010 8:38 am

Nice peaches there Tess, well done.
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Postby skylon » Tue May 04, 2010 2:49 pm

Great work Tess, that vegetation looks spot on.

The peaches look great, good to see the fruits of your labour. :oops:

Keep up the good work, it's certainly giving me food for thought.
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Postby Broadoak » Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:03 pm

I am sorry Tess I have only just got round to looking at your model. 8)

It looks great, I love the little critter and the wooden fence. The boxes of fruit look good enough to eat.

The tree looks very good too, nice bark effect and foliage.
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Postby NarrowGauge » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:10 am

Hmmm, It seems like time to get back to doing some more modeling. I've been busy studying and haven't had time to do anything else.
I do check this forum regularly and when I saw that someone had posted something new in the Gnine pages I was quite excited.
All I can say is ... stay tuned :D
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Postby michael » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:14 pm

Hello Tess, I am just catching up on threads missed over the last year.

Your creativity is really great The fruit and boxes are very well done in my opinion. I think that your oil drum

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is the best I have seen made by anyone.
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Postby ian holmes » Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:18 am

michael wrote:Hello Tess, I am just catching up on threads missed over the last year.



As for me I'm catching up on stuff I've missed over more years than I care to remember and this gem of a layout is the first thing I see.
Brilliant! The detail and execution is outstanding.

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Postby foswaldy13 » Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:41 pm

ian holmes wrote:
michael wrote:As for me I'm catching up on stuff I've missed over more years than I care to remember..


We really miss your contributions around here Ian. Wish you were around more.
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Postby Artizen » Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:52 am

Hi Tess

I have now finally read all the way through this thread and your blog.

One question - how did you do the tree? I am having all sorts of dramas with mine. It started out well in a nice dark brown colour with crushed walnut shell over the trunk for texture but then I thought I could improve it with a lighter brown colour which has made it look like it is now covered with baby poo. How did you do the bark effect on yours coz its exactly the effect I am after with mine. BTW - my tree is about 350mm high and about the same across so it is a real struggle to get it to fit the layout. But because it is so big it needs to look good due to its dominating nature!!!!!
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Postby Broadoak » Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:43 pm

Ian this might help, I model in 1/32 scale the tree is about 310mm high.
My apologies for hijacking your thread Tess. You admired the tree in my Two Sister’s saga.
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The tree is actually made from thin telephone wire. We had a new timing system put in at work ( a motor racing circuit ) and there was loads of this wire going spare.
I twisted the wire round itself to make a tree shape adding extra bits for branches. The whole thing was shall we say less than rigid. So I wrapped kitchen towel round the trunk and branches then soaked it in neat PVA. After a few days it had dried out and I then coated it with a thin layer of Milliput modelling putty. When this was drying I scribed it to look a bit more like bark. When this had hardened off I painted the trunk and branches a greenish grey colour with acrylics. Then I washed several coats of a very dark grey with a little black India ink added to it over the whole thing until I thought it looked right. Then I dry brushed it with light grey and glued on a whole pack of Woodland Scenics foliage. Looking round trees are rarely simply brown they all tend towards greyish colours I have found, here in the UK anyway.
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Postby Matthi205 » Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:44 pm

Great layout Tess! :D :shock:

Besides:The Loco reminds me of the gnat a Lot (even though yours is a lot better :D )... :wink:
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Postby Artizen » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:30 pm

Thanks for the blow-by-blow Peter. I have been following your thread for a while but had forgotten about the tree!!! Unfortunately it looks like I have gone too far with my tree now because it is essentially the right shape using stripped telephone wire twisted around a water pipe core and covered in 1.5 rolls of masking tape which was definitely not strong enough so I then covered it in most of a tube of silicone seal (no gaps stuff) then painted a dilute solution of PVA and water over it and covered it liberally with crushed walnut shell material to give it texture. Your idea sounds better for detail but I was concerned that any clay or rigid external would crack and get damaged as the tree was worked on and later when installed. I estimate the tree to be well in excess of one kilo at this point. The mounting system consists of a 10mm threaded rod through the baseboard through two pieces of 90x18mm timber and pinned with lock nuts and washers to control any movement horizontally when it is finally installed. Temporarily I will give it another coat of dark brown and wait for a couple of days before I commit to any further changes. I would really like to end up with the streaked and textured look that you and Tess have achieved though with shades of grey as that is far more natural.
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Postby NarrowGauge » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:33 pm

Artizen wrote:...One question - how did you do the tree? ...


The tree on Saxon's Warehouse was made using the rope on a stick method. Rather than retyping the construction process here, just click on a link to my blog.

http://ilovenarrowgauge.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-thought-on-old-problem.html

Oh and "Broadoak" that's no problem I still like your tree and I think that in the larger scales (like 1:32 or G) this is most likely a better method as it will be more self supporting over just the rope alone.
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Postby Artizen » Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:03 pm

I have the Raw Sienna!

I have Burnt Umber!

I also have Burnt Sienna, Olive Green, Indian Red Oxide, Light Red Oxide, Carbon Black and Titanium white!

I have a brush!

I feel a painting session coming on now.

Cool - just in time too - I was about to attack it again with a liberal coating of just Burnt Umber as this tree has to be ready for the Ipswich Model Rail Show on 23 October. Don't you just love a deadline!

Thanks a lot for your quick response everyone - I will go and create something now.
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