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Author Topic: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.  (Read 70502 times)

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1350 on: March 13, 2020, 12:10:39 PM »
I'd be very interested to know what you made your pipes from in the open truck, Kevin, especially the 'banding' please.
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1351 on: March 13, 2020, 12:15:29 PM »
In that second picture, it looks like the Terrier has stopped so the driver can get a better look - at the scenery!  ;)
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1352 on: March 13, 2020, 01:31:23 PM »
Ha, I think you're right there David, either that or he's arranging to meet up later at the Pub  :D ;) :D

Hi Mick  :wave:  I first made some pipes from drinking straws, but had a problem with paint and glue working with them ..... kind of like with Peco fences. They were also a bit big, but then pipes come in all sorts of sizes. I then got some plastic tube from evergreen 
which worked better.



The walls of the tube were a bit thick, so I reamed the ends out with an Exacto knife



Here is a "Halfway through" shot, and I think they look better for it



The pipes were glued together, and held with tiny elastic bands while the glue dried,(you can see on the pic of the drinking straws) and then the bands were replaced with sewing thread ..... fairly thick thread to replicate rope. I would have liked to have got some chain, but could not find any thin enough.



Hope this helps

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Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1353 on: March 13, 2020, 01:38:04 PM »
I once tried painting some straws for the dairy on Averingcliffe - it does not work. Your pipes look good with the reamed ends.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1354 on: March 13, 2020, 03:11:13 PM »
Hi David, strange how some plastics just won't take paint  :hmmm:

I'm really trying to find new viewpoints to take photos from so as not to bore you all, but it is tricky with such a small layout. However by very carefully positioning my camera I got this one. Hope you like it  ;)



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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1355 on: March 13, 2020, 03:16:03 PM »
Impressive Kevin. Really created a scene with that cutting

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1356 on: March 13, 2020, 04:01:33 PM »

Hi Mick  :wave:  I first made some pipes from drinking straws, but had a problem with paint and glue working with them ..... kind of like with Peco fences. They were also a bit big, but then pipes come in all sorts of sizes. I then got some plastic tube from evergreen 
which worked better.


Thanks very much for that wee tutorial, Kevin. Most helpful.

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1357 on: March 13, 2020, 04:18:10 PM »
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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1358 on: March 13, 2020, 10:21:28 PM »
Hi All,

Thanks Chris, and glad the info on the pipes was useful Mick. :thumbsup:

I missed a couple of thanks, so include them with just one more photo. I am really liking taking photos with the widescreen format. It seems to suit the subjects better. This is the passenger service approaching Windmill Hill station. The wooden stable is a lovely little laser cut Ancorton kit.



I forgot it was Mito who noticed the pipes were a bit thick when I made the load, so many thanks for your suggestion to ream them out a bit  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Also thanks to John from Art Printers, who does I.D. Backscenes.

 https://www.art-printers.com/

The scene I used was an N gauge 9" high backscene, really well printed on good thick paper, and he especially printed a taller version with more sky in for these photos.

He is very accomodating for adjusting the scenes, adding or taking out bits, and altering the horizon line if needed.

All best wishes

Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1359 on: March 14, 2020, 08:40:51 AM »
Lovely updates Kevin, loved the scene with the runaway cow! 

I missed your video last year that included the Tullibardine wagon & whisky, loved it though, the wagon looks right at home & glad the whisky went down well :)

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« Reply #1360 on: March 26, 2020, 01:31:52 PM »
Cheers Guys,

Glad you enjoyed the short video Andrew  :thumbsup: and thanks once again for the wagon and sample of its contents  :D

On the last day out before the Pubs closed I bought a new phone .... one with a camera on, not like my last one. Took it to a little micropub to try and work it out, but that went pear shaped as when they announced the Pubs were closing, Dave the owner decided to sell all the ales and ciders off at 2.00 a pint to get rid of them  :beers:

Now I've had a chance to try things out with it, I found it can get into places a camera can't.  Here are the first two photos ..... sorry no trains  ;)

On a nice sunny day, it was decided to go for a dip in the lake .....



With the kids exhausted and having a lie down, the grown ups can relax, and with no splashing about, the anglers can try their luck in the lake.....



Now I need to explore focus stacking  :hmmm:

All best wishes

Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1361 on: March 26, 2020, 06:37:07 PM »
They're really good pics!

What brand of phone is it please, Kevin?

Great to hear your last pub day wasn't a complete loss  :beers:
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« Reply #1362 on: March 26, 2020, 09:26:01 PM »
Hi George,

Glad you like the photos  :thumbsup: It really did not work trying to sort my new phone out at the pub ...... especially when we were asked if we minded staying to drink up the stock that would otherwise go off  ::)

At 2.00 a pint it would have been rude not to help out  :D :D :D

Anyway with time indoors I am getting the hang of it now. The phone is a Vodafone Smart N10.

I have never had a phone with a camera before, but am slowly working my way through it. The main advantage so far is with such a small layout, it can get to places a camera can't.

I am getting there though, and tried focus stacking this afternoon using 2 months free trial of "Affinity" a download recommended by Roger.

This is an old photo of steam power vs horse power ......



Here is an equivalent photo taken this afternoon with my phone on a little tripod, and 12 images stacked together ......



All best wishes

Kevin

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Re: Windmill Hill. A busy little layout in a compact little case.
« Reply #1363 on: March 27, 2020, 11:34:47 AM »
Yes, Affinity is really great, isn't it.  Cheers, Roger!  :beers:
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« Reply #1364 on: March 30, 2020, 02:52:46 PM »
Hi All,

I'm slowly getting the hang of photo stacking with Affinity, I'm just having to work out the best lighting.

I m liking the photos showing wider views, like this ....



The trouble is you can't get sweeping views of trains running through hills and vales when your layout is only 18" long  :D

Some of the closer shots are ok





They do show off TMC's weathering well  :D :D :D

However some shots seem a bit cluttered ..... I must try and compose them better, or be more selective in what focus on  :hmmm:



The phone camera can get into some tight spots though. This couple were spotted doing a bit of canoodling late last night ( I tried adding filters to give it a bit of atmosphere ..... not sure if it works or not)



Hope you like the photos  ;)

All best wishes

Kevin

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