!!

Not Registered?

Welcome!  Please register to view all of the new posts and forum boards - some of which are hidden to guests.  After registering and gaining 10 posts you will be able to sell and buy items on our N'porium.

If you have any problems registering, then please check your spam filter before emailing us.  Hotmail users seem to find their emails in the Junk folder.


Thanks for reading,
The NGF Staff.

Author Topic: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.  (Read 62627 times)

0 Members and 2 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline Leon

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 27933
  • Posts: 865
  • Country: us
  • Gender: Male
    • Ebay
    • Thistle Fine Art
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1110 on: February 23, 2019, 09:22:27 PM »
Kevin, I've got to know where you got that background! It may be just what I need. I like your resourcefulness. I have a tripod but haven't used it yet for photographing my layout. After viewing John's (Train Waiting) photo of the red LMS, it has shamed me into thinking more about the quality of my images.

Leon
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Online Phoenix

  • Larger Gallery
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 757
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1111 on: February 23, 2019, 10:20:21 PM »
Hi Leon,

hope your weekend is going well, and thank you for your kind comments re. my videos  :D

They were my first ones with things moving. I'm not sure if you saw this one, a slideshow of some scenic views of the layout .....



And this one is a record of the layout build .....



Anyway, back to the backscene. Originally I used a Gaugemaster backscene, which even on my tiny layout had to be in 4 pieces. However, thanks to the wealth of information on this forum, I discovered a company called ID backscenes.  :thumbsup:

Here are some of their scenes ....

https://www.buffersmodelrailways.com/art-printers

The scenes are in 5ft lengths, and on better quality paper than the gaugemaster one I had first used. While replacing the small backscene, which is the one normally on the layout, with a 9" tall ID backscene, I made the taller (15") backscene to use for photos.

I used one of the "Hills and Dales" scenes, and this page ......

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39207.1020

and the next show how it all went together.

Hope this is helpful  :D :D :D

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:
« Last Edit: February 23, 2019, 10:35:39 PM by Phoenix »

Offline Leon

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 27933
  • Posts: 865
  • Country: us
  • Gender: Male
    • Ebay
    • Thistle Fine Art
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1112 on: February 24, 2019, 02:18:17 AM »
Kevin,

Thanks for bringing the two slideshows forward. I had seen them, but watched them again - and will watch them many times more, I'm sure. In my opinion, this layout will never be surpassed for the amount of interest in such a small space. The lively action is astounding!

You'll create equally engrossing videos, I've no doubt, but the slideshows are, in many ways, superior to videos.

Thanks for sharing the information about backscenes. I'll put a note in a safe place for the day I'm ready to put my layout in a larger context.

Leon
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Online Phoenix

  • Larger Gallery
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 757
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1113 on: February 24, 2019, 03:09:05 AM »
Hi Leon,

I was not sure if you had seen the slideshows or not.

Having been inspired by Roger's fantastic photos of Wrenton, I have been really enjoying taking photos of Windmill Hill, and am really looking forward to taking better ones when I get my new camera ..... the trouble is on such a small layout I am fast running out of things to photograph, so am now experimenting with video  :D

You are right though about slidshow vs video. As discussed here a while ago with George (Bealman) on a video the moving trains just emphasise everything else that is not moving ... hence my bus on a string  ;) :D ;)

all best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:

 

Offline daveg

  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 22509
  • Posts: 5161
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1114 on: February 24, 2019, 07:16:19 AM »
Endorse Kevin's ID Backscenes recommendation.

How about a helicopter ride over Windmill hill?  :camera:

That'd be a bit different but you may need to play with the lighting to avoid unwanted shadows.

Dave G

Online Phoenix

  • Larger Gallery
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 757
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1115 on: February 24, 2019, 04:06:08 PM »
Hi Dave,

A helicopter ride sounds good  :thumbsup: I can't do anything yet though, as there is some work going on "downstairs" on the lower level as I am having some issues with the track.

I realise the problems with shadows though.... some photos I have taken have shadows of the windmill on the sky  :-[

I put it down to "unusual cloud formations"  :D ;) :D

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:

Online Phoenix

  • Larger Gallery
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 757
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1116 on: February 27, 2019, 06:12:54 PM »
Hi All,

In an effort to put off doing more important things, I have been playing around with a few bits and pieces ..... mainly lighting.

After drilling through a Peco level crossing light, illuminating it, and fitting it to a lineside hut, I thought "could I actually illuminating the level crossing gates."  :hmmm:

I had one tiny red led, so I had a go ..... here is the result  :D  :thumbsup: :D





Sorry the lit photo is such bad quality  :-[

Now it seems to work I can order some more leds and do the other gate  :thumbsup:

Also, may I ask your opinion on something. I have been niggled by the corner of the station access road and the main road for a while.  :hmmm:

Then while filming my little video, I destroyed the tree by the station by running the platform I stuck the camera on into it  :-[ :-[ :-[

I now kind of think the corner looks better without it, and a street lamp would be better there.  :hmmm:

Here is how it was before ....



And here with the street lamp .....



Anyone got any thoughts please ?

All best wishes
Kevin

 :beers:




Offline dannyboy

  • Larger Gallery
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25492
  • Posts: 4980
  • Country: ie
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1117 on: February 27, 2019, 06:21:33 PM »
I think the street lamp might look better than the tree, once properly installed.  :hmmm:

Re the level crossing gate - amazing what you can do with a little imagination.  :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: February 27, 2019, 06:23:30 PM by dannyboy, Reason: spellink era! »
David.
I used to be indecisive - now I'm not - I don't think.
If a friend seems distant, catch up with him.

Offline daveg

  • Trade Count: (+5)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 22509
  • Posts: 5161
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1118 on: February 27, 2019, 06:29:32 PM »
I love lighting my layout so really impressed with the lit gate! Not sure I could manage that.

The street lamp works for me too but may I suggest it's set back as far as poss.

Dave G


Offline Chris in Prague

  • Trade Count: (+14)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 24400
  • Posts: 12960
  • Country: cz
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1119 on: February 27, 2019, 06:32:13 PM »
I think the street lamp might look better than the tree, once properly installed.  :hmmm:

Re the level crossing gate - amazing what you can do with a little imagination.  :thumbsup:

Seconded, twice!

Offline Leon

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 27933
  • Posts: 865
  • Country: us
  • Gender: Male
    • Ebay
    • Thistle Fine Art
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1120 on: February 27, 2019, 06:54:58 PM »

Also, may I ask your opinion on something.

I know this isn't a poker game, but a tree trumps a lamp every time, in my opinion. If you need a lamp, put it across the street? I'm envious of all the great lighting I see on layouts. It certainly provides added interest, and I bet it has added another dimension of modelling pleasure for many. Lighting may be another case of the "less is more" principle, however.

Leon
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Offline port perran

  • Larger Gallery
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 11161
  • Country: gb
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1121 on: February 27, 2019, 08:00:39 PM »
Iím with Leon.
Keep the tree.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


Offline daffy

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: Lapsed
  • Posts: 2320
  • Country: gb
  • Learning everyday
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1122 on: February 27, 2019, 08:43:34 PM »
If you keep a tree by the station, then certainly the lamppost could still be used on the other side of the road.

I think you need to ask the Station Master to contact the Company Surveyor as the latter may like to check whether or not the tree roots are likely to cause damage to the Station foundations at some time in the future, or if itís presence is causing a damp problem on the end wall. :hmmm:

Personally, Iíd keep the tree and install the lamppost. The latter would deter neíre-do-wells from lurking under the bridge. :D
Mike

Sufferin' succotash!

Offline dannyboy

  • Larger Gallery
  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 25492
  • Posts: 4980
  • Country: ie
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1123 on: February 27, 2019, 09:10:05 PM »
The man talks sense.  An admirable solution that keeps us all happy. :thumbsup:
David.
I used to be indecisive - now I'm not - I don't think.
If a friend seems distant, catch up with him.

Offline Chris in Prague

  • Trade Count: (+14)
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • N Gauge Society Number: 24400
  • Posts: 12960
  • Country: cz
  • Gender: Male
    • Awards
Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1124 on: February 27, 2019, 09:40:19 PM »
I think the railway company surveyor would be very unhappy at having such a sturdy tree right next to the station building with its roots working into the foundations and, by taking up soil water, causing subsidence.

 

Please Support Us!
February Goal: £60.00
Due Date: Feb 29
Total Receipts: £65.00
Above Goal: £5.00
Site Currency: GBP
108% 
February Donations


Advertise Here
anything
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal