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Across the Years (video)

Posted by Mikkel , in Videos, Gallery, The Bay 31 March 2011 · 1,211 views

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This 4 minute video spans the period 1867-1947 on The Farthing Layouts. These 4mm layouts are normally set in 1907, but occasional forays into earlier and later time periods has allowed for a bit of pragmatic "out of period" modelling and operation.

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Absolutely delightful Mikkel.
Captain Kernow
Mar 31 2011 19:42
Lovely stuff Mikkel, four minutes well-spent, and CTMK also thought it was wonderful!
Sidecar Racer
Mar 31 2011 20:15
Superb stuff , you really captured the old times with that sligthtly grainy
look and the fades in and out of colour .

And I loved the shots of the outside framed loco on the move , something about that type that appeals to me .
Mar 31 2011 20:54
'Delicious, Exquisite and Sublime'
Frankland Echo

'Masterful Filmmaking'
The Frankland Light Service
Thanks everyone, I think it's my good luck that there are probably very few real film critics on here :D .

I'm always amazed at how many aspects this hobby has. Although technological development may edge out some of them, it also introduces new ones I think (eg sharing via the web, film-making, DCC etc). Just imagine what a pro with some decent equipment could do in terms of model railway film making (OK, I amit that the profits would probably be meagre, not exactly Hollywood box office material :) ).

Sidecar Racer, I agree completely about the 1076 Buffalo class, they have a special appeal I think. There's a mouth watering one in progress on Nick's blog here: http://www.rmweb.co....-getting-there/
Apr 01 2011 11:58
Thanks Mikkel,

You really brightened my day. The video was great in concept. Many of the shots, expescially the stills are too short in my opinion. I think the same amount of content in 170%-200% of the length would have meant that more could be taken in. I felt sometimes like the images were flashing in front of me rather than me being able to look at them. If I could have played it more slowly, maybe -1.4x, I would have done.
Most enjoyable, Mikkel, though I agree it could have been longer. On the second time through I did hit the pause button several times, just to get a better look.

It was also great to see the Buffalo on the move. So far, I've only seen mine on the rollers but that's not the same as seeing one moving on track. Thanks for the plug for mine :D It's approaching the top of the pile again and, with the warmer weather, I'd like to get the painting finished soon...

Rich and Nick, thanks for those constructive comments. I was trying to keep the film short, and stylistically aimed for a little of the feel in that fantastic railway film "Snow" which also uses quick "cutting" to go with the music (no other comparison intended!) . But it seems I overdid it - lesson learnt! :)

Let's hope the weather will be good for painting the Buffalo Nick!

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This blog chronicles the building of "The Farthing layouts", a series of small OO layouts that portray different sections of a GWR junction station in Edwardian days.


Intro and concept
How to eat an elephant
Design principles
State of play


Gallery (1900-1904)
Four o'clock blues, ca. 1902
What really happened in the Cuban...
The honourable slipper boy (Part 1)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 2)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 3)


Gallery (1904-08)
The trials of Mr Bull
A most implausible arrival
A parcel for Mr Ahern
Blue skies and horse traffic
The Remains of the Day
Motley crew

Edwardian daydreams


Gallery (1914)
All in a day's work, Part 1
All in a day's work, Part 2
All in a day's work, Part 3
All in a day's work, Part 4


Out of period
Undecided sky (1867)
The sleeping giant (1887)
Bunker first (1927)
Fitted fish and piles (1947)


Once Upon a Time in the West
Summer silliness
The unbearable lightness...
Across the years
The Sidelight Job
Painting coach panels

Traverser testing


Low-tech pre-grouping stock

Short trains for short layouts
Short trains with a twist
Hand-me-down coaches
Low-tech coach restoration (1)
Low-tech coach restoration (2)
Low-tech coach restoration (3)
Low-tech coach restoration (4)
Low-tech coach restoration (5)


Sprat & Winkle couplings
3 plank Open in GWR red
Outside Framed 8 Ton Van

In the red: GWR 1900s wagon liveries
In loving memory...
Scratchbuilt one-planker (1)
Scratchbuilt one-planker (2)
MSWJR 3-plank dropside
LSWR 10 ton sliding door van
SDJR Road Van
LSWR stone wagon
Fake news and wagon sheets
Same but different: 1900s wagons


GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (1)
GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (2)
Shiny domes and safety valve covers
Backdating the Oxford Dean Goods (1)


C+L underlay and Carr's ballast
Experiments with C+L track
Comparing track
Messing about with track panels
Laying track on "The depot"


GWR horse-drawn trolley
GWR 5-ton horse-drawn vehicle
Parcels van and coal trolley


Fun with crates
Barrels, baskets, bales
Small crates and tea chests


Andrew Stadden 4mm figures
Backdated Monty's figures
Footplate crew
HO figures for an OO layout
Lesser known whitemetal figures


Constructing the Branch Bay
First bite: "The bay"
Simple structures for "The bay"
Platform trolleys and barrows
Signs, posters and adverts
Six lessons learnt


Constructing the Goods Depot
Second bite: "The depot"
Shunting Puzzle
Sketches of The depot
Soft body, hard shell
Kit-bashed roof structure
Dry Run
Dusting off the cobwebs
Playing with mirrors
Mezzanine floor
Progress on "The depot"
4mm slate roofing
The treachery of images

A roof for "The depot"

A tall bird from Paddington
Cranes for the depot
Shoulders of giants
Flight of the bumblebee


Constructing the Old Yard
Third bite: "The sidings"
Wagon propulsion
Progress on "The sidings"
Rising from slumber
The Biscuit Shed
A shed and a lock-up
Agricultural merchant's warehouse
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall
Stops, levers, plates, gauge, wall


Constructing the Stables
GWR Park Royal stable block
GWR stables - an overview


Railway modelling and Art
Moving Pictures
Season's greetings


Layout ideas
A flexible layout
Kicking back in Gloucester


Pre-grouping livery clippings
Journey to Didcot
Detail hunting at Didcot
Here's looking at you
The mists of time (and all that)
My friend the operating chair
Ready-to-plonk freight
GWR Modelling website


RMweb Workbench
Flickr photostream

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