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putting on a brave fascia...

bcnPete

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Afternoon,

 

2nd attempt as I lost the last upload just as I was spellchecking :angry:

 

7 weeks since my last blog update - work has been full on of late but at least I get to travel to Oxford once or twice a week so I get to see a bit of 'real' railway action to compensate...class 66's on long freights are growing on me somewhat :)

 

On the last entry I had just been redoing the backscene giving something like this:

 

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New backscene and fascia...

 

However, when I placed the layout up at proposed display level (1200mm above FFL) I felt the top frame was a tad low and clipped the sky over the mountains. Once of things learnt whilst working in Norman Foster's studio was to also keep questioning what we are doing...and not be frightened to redo something if felt not quite right. So it was redrawn in CAD increasing the opening by 20mm and then re laser cut.

 

The extra gap does allow some breathing space to the mountains and that all important storm cloud above too :) All this was done about a month ago and waiting repainting and finally I managed to visit the shop and get some grey paint mixed for the fascia as the previous tin is somewhere hidden in our garage.

 

Overall, I am pleased that I made the effort to redo it, even though I momentarily felt I was taking a step back in my reduced modelling progress but long term it was the right decision.

 

Here's some quick iPhone pics with the first coat of grey paint on (gap between new and old fascia needs filling) with and without lighting:

 

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Revised fascia without Ikea lights in place...

 

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View from RHS with lights...

 

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View from LHS with lights...

 

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View from RHS but slightly lower...

 

Next job is to locate the lights as one strip has been positioned temporarily (hence the slight shadow) to get a few pics. Also on order is some small self adhesive white letters to redo the layout name.

 

Any comments always welcome...

 

Pete

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Hello Pete,

                 the extra "sky" height has improved the overall proportions of the viewed scene, I think, good result.

 

Alex.

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Glad to see that things are still moving forward Pete.

 

My guess is that the lighting shadow is less noticeable in real life - certainly the puddled effect of St Ruth's spots looks much more severe in photos and videos than it does when you see the real thing with the Mark 1 eyeball.

 

Regards, Andy

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As ever Pete am impressed with you work and always look forward to see you posts. I agree that the extra space lets the scene seem less constricted. Hope to see this one day.. Keep up the good work.

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Hi Pete

 

When I used to maintain a blog, I would always write it in a word processor and then cut and paste into the blog editor. Much less chance of things going wrong and at least no need to type it twice (or three times.. now you can see why I went to a word processor)

 

George

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Good work Pete. Photo one looks like it a stormy day and the last one looks like the storm is passing and the sun has come out again. Interesting.

Don

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Hello Pete,                 the extra "sky" height has improved the overall proportions of the viewed scene, I think, good result. 
Thanks Alex - I am guessing you were on the end of some of Norman's last minute changes too!!

 

Glad to see that things are still moving forward Pete. My guess is that the lighting shadow is less noticeable in real life - certainly the puddled effect of St Ruth's spots looks much more severe in photos and videos than it does when you see the real thing with the Mark 1 eyeball. 
Thanks Andy - yes you are correct about the shadows..the camera never lies...but it can certainly make things worse some times!

 

As ever Pete am impressed with you work and always look forward to see you posts. I agree that the extra space lets the scene seem less constricted. Hope to see this one day.. Keep up the good work.
Thanks Tom - Yes I would like to bring it to some 2mmFS event some time...even if its not working it will be something to pose a few bits of rolling stock...when they...ahem...get started on :no:

 

Hi Pete When I used to maintain a blog, I would always write it in a word processor and then cut and paste into the blog editor. Much less chance of things going wrong and at least no need to type it twice (or three times.. now you can see why I went to a word processor)
Thanks George - Sound advice that - it was probably my fault being a bit rusty as I post less often then I used to and I tend to do it from the iPad these days...think I made the mistake of swapping to the photo collection just as I was adding one last pic...and it wiped everything - normally I do a select all and copy as I go from previous disasters!

 

Good work Pete. Photo one looks like it a stormy day and the last one looks like the storm is passing and the sun has come out again. Interesting.
Thanks Don - interesting observation that - the lights do make a difference but its also nice to see it in natural light too. I have made allowance for 3 separate Ikea lighting strips in this one and in tests turning them on one at a time really does give differing results - I think that gives a good level of flexibility depending on the venue attended.

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Hi Pete -

 

Balance & proportions appear spot on - must be the architect in you! ;-)

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Hi Pete,

Apologies for not seeing this before now - I've literally just stumbled on your blog - as a rule I usually don't bother with the blog !

One word ' Stunning '. I intend to go right back to the start and will watch further progress.

Bill.

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Hi Pete, glad I looked on here and caught your work; I'm not spending as much time here as I used to; too many other demands of time. I really like the revised backsene and facia; you sure we can't persuade you to bring it to the BHMRC show ;-)

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Hi Pete, that first pic is my favourite, so full of atmosphere. To me the front bit with the boat is a very important part of the scene (it's what adds vertical and horisontal depth, I guess) so it will be critical to have that lighted well and evenly, I think?

 

Will there be people? Maybe just one or two, in relaxed poses? Easy for me to say :-)

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 Balance & proportions appear spot on - must be the architect in you! ;-)
Thanks Ian...

 

Hi Pete,Apologies for not seeing this before now - I've literally just stumbled on your blog - as a rule I usually don't bother with the blog !One word ' Stunning '. I intend to go right back to the start and will watch further progress.
Thanks a lot for your kind comments Bill - have been following your last two layouts for a while now - do like a bit of Scottish BR blue me ;)

 

Hi Pete, glad I looked on here and caught your work; I'm not spending as much time here as I used to; too many other demands of time. I really like the revised backsene and facia; you sure we can't persuade you to bring it to the BHMRC show ;-)
Thanks Jon - yes, your absence was noticed - hope to see you back soon.It might come to BHMRC...but 2015 :D

 

Looks great Pete!
Thanks Jeremy...

 

Hi Pete, that first pic is my favourite, so full of atmosphere. To me the front bit with the boat is a very important part of the scene (it's what adds vertical and horisontal depth, I guess) so it will be critical to have that lighted well and evenly, I think? Will there be people? Maybe just one or two, in relaxed poses? Easy for me to say :-)
Thanks Mikkel - yep agree on the water. There will be 3 lights spread across the width with one directly above the water.Peeps am not sure about - yours always look so convincing and suit your layouts so well and have bags of character but on some layouts than can spoil things so I prefer to air on the side of caution...

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It's been a few weeks since my last visit to the site, but what a 'welcome back' treat!  Just superb, Pete.  Neat and precise as per usual - I really like the concept of being able to view the layout from both the front and side.  That takes a bit of doing to pull it off so successfully (can be no awkward joins etc) - especially in the construction of the fascia so it doesn't sag.  The combination of clever lighting and choice of back scene creates a powerful sense of atmosphere.  Brilliant work and nice to see you start to regularly post again. 

 

Mike

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It's been a few weeks since my last visit to the site, but what a 'welcome back' treat! Just superb, Pete. Neat and precise as per usual - I really like the concept of being able to view the layout from both the front and side. That takes a bit of doing to pull it off so successfully (can be no awkward joins etc) - especially in the construction of the fascia so it doesn't sag. The combination of clever lighting and choice of back scene creates a powerful sense of atmosphere. Brilliant work and nice to see you start to regularly post again.

Mike, hi

 

Nice of you to drop in on this and as always, thanks for your kind comments.

 

I have the layout stored back on view on a shelf again so I get to see it at a good height to keep questioning my next moves...once I have tagged the lighting I will try to get it running again...otherwise its something I can pose some stock on...

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