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 Posted: Fri Jan 11th, 2019 04:47 am
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Looking good to me Micheal. 
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You have made a really good job of the Wills kit Michael and its fits in well with your Linka building


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Thank you very much gentlemen!  I enjoyed making it.... in time I might try a bit of kit bashing, but following the instructions for now while I learn

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 Posted: Sun Jan 13th, 2019 06:09 pm
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While I await delivery of the turntable (it's delay is because of me, not ADM) I have been thinking about the layout of the quayside, the station area and the next feature, the Abbot's hotel, which will be placed on an area of raised ground which drops down to the railway cutting.

My original plan for the quay probably  had too much track, but now there is to be a turntable, there is less room so I have had to simplify it.  I will probably work it out once I have the TT installed - at least I know where that is going!

The first platform for the station is almost complete, so I need to think about the backdrop and any buildings which may appear nearby, as well as what the station will look like.  In my re-imagined world, the station is a little bigger than the original halt, even though it transported hundreds of workers at the time, as well as all the freight.

So I have continued with the build of the hotel.  The front is now complete.....






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 Posted: Sun Jan 13th, 2019 07:16 pm
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I've added some "glass" to the windows...





And some interior detail to the "drawing room".




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 Posted: Sun Jan 13th, 2019 09:11 pm
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“Windows” printed on overhead transparency Michael? Something I’ve Always wanted to do but have not, as yet, tried. 
That building is quite imposing!

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Yes Marty, exactly that.  I've added a couple of stained glass windows in  exactly the same way.  Just can't print white windows!



This is probably my fourth go at the building - the others were either too small when put in position, or just not quite right.  I used them for lots of practice of different techniques though, so not wasted.  

You know how it is when you sit and plan your dream railway, you put everything in... only to discover space is not as great as you imagined (maybe it is less of an issue in N gauge!) Well, that was my exact experience, so I had to take things out.  The Creek was a given.... and I decided to cut out most things and just sort of hint at their existence in the layout. But one thing which stayed was to have a feature building - the hotel - sitting in the countryside.  So it has rather grown to take up a substantial part of the plan!

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Mother's Christmas present was a brand new Epson inkjet printer... might be a time for a visit and some testing!  :lol:
I well know about the compromises we need to make in this hobby, even in N gauge there is never enough room and I too have had to hint at scenes that would otherwise take up more floor space than I have available. 

I think that I may have talked T into assisting with an exhibition layout sometime in the future... modular, transportable and .... uh... expandable... little does she know.  :mutley

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That would be great to hear about Marty - and lucky you!  My wife, D, definitely only tolerates my hobby! I asked her once if she would prefer if I was in the loft or in a casino..... she had to think about it!!!

  I am always so amazed by how you model so beautifully in N gauge, but your work was one of three or four that I read that finally got me out my armchair modelling and dreaming and to get started on making something.

 Would you still model in N gauge? Would it be a different area? Or time?  I keep thinking of different things I would like to have a go at modelling.  I really need to win the lottery!!  I would buy modelling space....

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The restaurant at The Abbot's Hotel is open and ready for business!






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Orange Pekoe please.... and maybe a scone! What’s the local specialty cake?

As for the Exhibition layout... it’s early days yet. 

If I had my way it would be an early 1900 Western Australian logging line through the bush in 1:64. There is a group of locals here in Perth who produce engine and rolling stock kits and several layouts of prototype main line locations from around the South West of the state. Or maybe one of the wheat belt towns with the line running down the centre of the street and federation style pubs and colonial buildings. T grew up in Wagin so that could help.

Everything has to be scratch built to reflect the prototype. :roll:


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Ah!  I should have guessed it would not be something straight forward Marty!  Sounds wonderful though.

I'm not sure we have a local speciality cake - but a good line in cream teas!  Sorry, right out of Orange Pekoes, in the words of Basil Fawlty!

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Orange Pekoe! I thought my wife was the only one who drank that brew.

But that distracts me from the Headmaster's restaurant: WOW

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hehe... it used to be earl grey... but it faded on the palette after a while  :shock:
Cream teas?!!  book me a ticket!

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The interior of the hotel is finished.  Just electrics to do.... these are lit up by a torch at the moment!


The drawing room....




The restaurant....



The bar.....



The library....




And finally one of the bedrooms



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Thanks Evan, although I do feel I must own up and not be a fraud!  The internal rooms are photographs which I have scaled down, not actual models.  I could only dream of modelling at that scale.... (I search for photos on the web, copy them and paste them into MSWord where I can scale them easily - I literally held up the windows to my computer screen and then resized the picture to match - nothing very technical!) 

I tend to curve the images, so there is a space between the window and the photo - in this case, about 2cm.  This seems to give the right sort of depth, although it is trial and error.  Some photos are not big enough, so I copy the same image - sometimes three times, to make them long enough.  Again, in Word, they are easily stitched together.  I might overlap them too to hide the joins.  Once they are in position, you do not notice that it is the same image used two or three times.  In my first picture of the restaurant, you might notice that there is a random half of a table, which I corrected for the finished version.  In Word you can choose to put individual images to the front or the back, which makes hiding things very easy.

I picked up a very useful technique, which is to print the scene on cheap printer paper, which is then mounted on clear plastic - in my case, acetate.  Lights behind shine through sufficiently to give a realistic glow and highlight the features.  Interestingly, if the photograph you use has some lights, like the chandelier in the restaurant, these really "pop" and look very realistic. This wasn't planned, but something I learned by experimenting.

So each room has a photo installed, which I think looks very realistic, but easy to do.  It takes a bit of trial and error, and some photos work better than others, but the overall effect is much better than trying to model all of the furniture and decoration. For me any way.
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Sometimes a picture is worth a hundred words.  This is how I fitted the images.  In this case it is a bedroom.  To get the effect right, the wall of the room is vertical and the bed is actually horizonal on the floor.  So it is an L shape.  This helped with creating a 3D effect.  For the ground floor rooms, like the restaurant, I didn't need to do this.

I tried adding figures to the scenes, thinking this would add to the realism, but it did not, it actually detracted from the 3D effect.  So my hotel is open and ready for business, but no one is there..... or maybe it is just the wrong time of day!






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Thanks for the tips, particularly using the acetate

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You have answered a question i was going to ask you Michael regarding how far you set back your photos from the window. What you do there certainly adds to the realism of a building.


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Brian, It rather depends on the picture  and the size of the window, so I just move it around while looking through the window until it looks right.  I have also put a printout on the floor, so that the white of the foamboard does not show through when looking down on the model.  In this case it is just plain floorboards, although carpets or rugs work just as well.

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