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Author Topic: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated  (Read 19844 times)

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #180 on: December 20, 2017, 09:37:54 am »
iPhones, iPods and iPads (other brands are available) have become my favourite for layout videos, easy to use, prop up, etc, etc.

In fact, the best way to go for a camera car in larger scales IMHO is one of those well-wagon kits you can get that takes an iPod/iPhone and a mirror http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/6841

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #181 on: December 20, 2017, 09:40:00 pm »
Mate, that looks ok to me. You had the phone anchored, I presume? Doesn't have the camera shake which I inevitably get.

But there again, I spill a lot of beer too  ;)

Seriously, great video.

I think I accidentally derailed one of those tankers! :-[

George

No, didn't have the camera anchored and yes, there is certainly wobble in the picture. A glass of red before filming certainly helps, but holding the camera in one hand during videoing and simultaneously having a drink from a glass in the other doesn't work so well.

You must have derailed the tank car when I wasn't looking, but I do remember the coach uncoupling problem that has only ever occurred when you were there.

Steve

I already have a camera tripod and I suppose it wouldn't be too difficult to make up a frame for an iPhone that attaches to the tripod. The camera fits on the tripod using a screw mount so the problem would boil down to procuring a female screw fitting with the correct thread.

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #182 on: December 20, 2017, 09:52:01 pm »
I'm sure there will be something somewhere on the internet on how to make one. They might even be available commercially.
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Re: Deadwood layout - abridged and illustrated
« Reply #183 on: December 20, 2017, 11:53:33 pm »
George

You can buy one of these things for about $5 as I just found out:

https://www.ebay.com.au/i/253076575968?chn=ps

Not worth the trouble of making one up yourself. Have just ordered one.
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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #184 on: December 21, 2017, 12:25:56 am »
Too easy! I think I'll get one too at that price!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #185 on: December 21, 2017, 07:22:33 am »
Great videos Webbo,  :thankyousign:

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #186 on: January 13, 2018, 01:08:56 am »
Hello folks

Here is another very amateurish video from me showing my other two recently purchased Intermountain SD40-2s in action this time hauling a mixed freight comprising an eclectic mix of box cars, grain hoppers, gondolas, and tank cars.



This time I've used my iPhone 5 to do the filming and I must say that it is at least the equal of my other camera which is a Canon bridge camera. The Canon has a much bigger lens and shows a tendency to hunt around for the correct focus when in movie mode besides also having a more restricted depth of field.

Webbo

Hi Webbo, The layout and video look fantastic  :thumbsup:


Cheers,
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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #187 on: January 13, 2018, 07:12:55 pm »

 


No more locomotives for me at least until I see something I really 'need'.

Webbo


I think there is a bit of an imbalance....you need to balance up the number of British Columbia Railways I think....

Great stuff though  :thumbsup:

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #188 on: January 14, 2018, 07:24:36 am »
Hello folks

To start, I just want to assure Andrew @Milton Rail that my two new British Columbia Railway SD40-2s do have some buddies. Here they are all lined up:



The yellow loco on the left is an RS18 in Pacific Great Eastern colours that they sported up to close to their changing their name to the British Columbia Railway in 1972. Next along in order are a BCR C420, PGE RS3, BCR RS3, BCR C630 and then the two SD40-2s. The PGE and the BCR had a liking for ALCO locomotives and except for the two EMDs at the end of the line-up, the prototype of my models would have been built at the ALCO plant in Montreal.

On the iphone support situation @Bealman @tutenkhamunsleeping , the iphone support bracket for a tripod that I mentioned several posts back has arrived. Here it is with my iphone 5 attached:



This device cost me all of $4.50 including postage and I'm expecting it to be useful. Or one can buy something like the following on EBay which is almost half the price:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Universal-Octopus-Stand-Tripod-Mount-Holders-For-Smart-Phone-Cell-Phone-Camera/312040227260?hash=item48a70c01bc:m:m1p-ZMf6gxhC7lEJ89-BiUg

All good fun brought to us by cheap petroleum and the internet.

Webbo



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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #189 on: January 14, 2018, 07:32:06 am »
Cool. Definitely getting one.  :beers:
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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #190 on: January 15, 2018, 02:12:01 pm »
Wow, Webbo

Nice locomotive fleet!
I'm interested to see Alco engines running on your layout.
I always like the sound and design of Alcos.
Thank you for sharing your wonderful collection!

Dats
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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #191 on: January 17, 2018, 06:16:52 pm »
Evenin' / Mornin' (depending where you're reading from)

Had an enjoyable catch up through the thread, loving the rock faces, will be having another look when I come to do my cliff faces. Loving the open nature of the layout, looking forward to what comes next.

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #192 on: January 18, 2018, 07:38:11 am »
There seem to be lots of semi-trailers and other trucks available as models in American N scale but very few passenger cars newer than about 1955 and virtually all of these are Fords. I asked Dan Huberman of PWRS as to why the model market seemed to be overwhelmingly dominated by Fords. He was of the opinion that GM and Chrysler were reluctant to put their names to products that could cause the choking deaths of children. Deadwood is short of cars so Iíve endeavoured to start rectifying this problem by buying 10 kits that Iíve just finished painting. Here is a photo of them in all their imperfections:



The two pickup trucks on the upper left are metal GHQ kits of Ford F150 pickup trucks with canopy tops dating from around 1992. Fishing and hunting are popular pursuits in Deadwood and these two vehicles were bought at the same time by close friends Gene (Chuckles) Lafayette and Fred Palowski so they could enjoy their outdoor activities. The GLC kits have a very high level of detail, but this particular kit seemed to be somewhat depressed in the middle which is not noticeable from most viewing angles luckily for me.
 
The top row in the picture is completed by a Chevy panel van, also GHQ, dating from around 1990. I need to put a business sign on its side something like ACME Plumbing with phone number. Except for the pickup truck at the bottom right, the next six cars are made by Willmodels in plastic. These models do not have the fine detail that the metal models do, but they look OK from 20 cm away. My main complaint about them is that the wheels often did not fit within the wheel wells so the wells had to be ground out with a Dremel tool.
 
The Willmodels cars starting from the top left and then moving down are something like a 1995 Ford Crown Victoria (white), a 1991 Chevrolet (blue), 1975 Dodge van (rust brown or really copper), 1986 Ford Escort (white),  1971 Duster (green), 1972 Plymouth Road Runner. My sister had a white mid 1990s Crown Victoria. These cars are used by all kinds of police in Canada and the US. We found that when driving around in this car I noticed a great deal of respect from other motorists Ė funny thing. She has since sold it for an SUV Ė yuch!. Dats also has a green 1971 Duster in N scale. Equipped with a 340 cu in V8 these were like a poor manís muscle car. I would have liked to have owned one and now I do but it is a little smaller than the real thing. The orange car is a Plymouth Road Runner of Dukes of Hazzard fame. This is a car that was beyond my dreams, but now I own one of these too.

The pickup in the bottom right is a Showcase Miniatures Chevy pickup. Easily the best model in terms of detail of the lot. The tailgate even includes the word Chevrolet written across it as slightly raised above the surrounding metal as it should.

Iím looking for more kits to populate Deadwood. I need some more GM vehicles to balance things up and also a 1970s Toyota Corolla since this was such an important car in terms of the history of car sales in North America and I have to have at least one Japanese car.

Webbo

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #193 on: January 18, 2018, 08:00:48 am »
You're all sorted with the John Deere tractors, then?

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Re: Deadwood layout - unabridged and illustrated
« Reply #194 on: January 18, 2018, 08:16:00 am »
John Deere is making a good profit out of me, George, don't you worry about that as Flo would have said. My agricultural outlet will be selling their hay balers as well as tractors. Hiram Silk LTD. agricultural sales has JD as their major equipment supplier.

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