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  1. doublecee

    Hornby Class 71

    Like the night time picture of the blue 71 on the bridge. Very reminiscent of the photography in the 1978 and 79 catalogues. I have one of each on pre order
  2. what they need is a forward thinker who won't shy away from certain issues such as selling the Corgi Brand first, then Pocher and Scalextric, whilst focusing on Hornby Railways, Airfix and Humbrol. Personally, I think Corgi, Pocher and Scalextric are dead weight and a distraction.
  3. doublecee

    Hornby Class 71

    Of course, I am going to always remain biased when it comes to the class 71 (for obvious reasons). But the man in the photo is the real star of the 71. Hornby's Carl Hart is the chap that took our Laser scan and used it as build ref for all his incredible CAD work. His attention to detail and passion for exceptional product is 2nd to none. Dam nice chap too.
  4. doublecee

    Hornby Class 71

    Saw the 71 which is based on our laser scan on Tuesday last week whilst down at the new Sandwhich office in other business. I have to say, despite always knowing she was going to be a great model, I was quite taken aback by just how impressive the running sample is. Also, her weight! If that weight is carried through to retail then I can see the 71 being run a lot on the garden railway followed by a full rake. She really does look amazing and May next year will hopefully see Hornby on the receiving end of some well deserved plaudits and praise.
  5. doublecee

    The Engine Shed

    interestingly, I have always preferred the clear window packaging... which is really the only way to see whats in the box.
  6. I cant say. But have you bought this to Hornby's attention?
  7. I knew when we did the laser scan last year these were going to be special, and Hornby kept me in the loop throughout the cad work and with sneaky peaks of the early shots. So I always had a good feeling about these. Today I received a full set and they certainly do not disappoint! I like the lack of curtains, as I always found these to be the weakest link in the older models (which I have always loved). The roof detail is indeed superb, and I love the bogie and lower details. But what I really like on these versions are the use of the LED's for the lamps. The light output is uniform throughout and very nice indeed. An A/B comparrison between the old lighting and new lighting does indeed confirm that the LED's are a far superior solution. I will be doing a run with these in the garden tomorrow at dusk and will post the results shortly thereafter Although not a prototypical run, I cant wait to get these behind the Class 71 when released. Then that really will be "scantastic!"
  8. with all this fine weather, I decided to take my Exeter out for a spin in the garden. Yes, I am one of those saps that paid over the odds during the period when it was stating to look as if there would not be another run. However, I don't regret the purchase or the enhancements. She runs wonderfully! Yep, she is a real stunner!
  9. From the latest Engine Shed... And if you look closely to the bottom right hand picture, you'll see one of my scanners doing its thing. What the engine shed post doesnt mention is the fact that we were unable to get the coach out of the shed on the day due to operations in the yard at BBRW. So I had to scan her where she was. On one side we had what I would describe as adequate clearence, but the other side was very tight indeed... and sadly no means of getting some height to get the roof. It was actually as a result of this that I decided to buy the big telecsoping surveyors tripod as seen in the Stirling Single images and videos from earlier in the year, that allows you to have the scanner set as high as 6 meters! Fortunatly, Hornby's designer knows his stuff and managed to use the info from what was captured and his photo ref to nail the roof. All I need to do now is decide if I need more pullmans for the Garden Railway... I do appear to have gone a little Pullman Crazy a few years back and already have about 30! But these ones are bloody nice.
  10. I did indeed Shiny Shiny is always going to be a challenge, compared to say, any battle damaged scene of carnage in Avengers II (which I also scanned.... Go See it!)
  11. I disagree entirely with that statement. What you are looking at is a SOLID obj model that is created from the Raw Point cloud. As a consequence, noise gets either deleted or heavily filtered as you work towards generating a polygonal model. Sometimes its best to keep that npoise rather than lose it as it will give the CAD engineer an idea of whats going on in that area, as oppossed to him having to guess due to omitted data. Further more, if the CAD engineer requires those handrails in the cleanest possible manner, then instead of using data that is a registration of some 70+ scans, we can just process the one scan position of interest, which obviously does not have any noise associated from the other 69 scans. How do I best explain this? Well, if you scan a chrome pole from face on, then you do get a good scan, but the data towards the edges as the angle between the scanner and pole become oblique, and you end up with a weird feathering or scatter Now, imagine in order to do a full 360 degrees around the pole you have to do 6 scans. No you have errors from that weird edging in every scan. Typically with dull surfaces or matte objects, this is easily remedied. But which anything super reflective, you can find useable data nested with the bad artifacts and its extremely time consuming to address. Now, multiply that one poles worth of issues with something very big, shiny and glossy with few dull parts. So, the basic model gives the Engineer a good profile to trace from, and then should he desire just the cab hand rails (for example, he wants a better idea of what the hand rails are doing by the cab), then we would go back to the RAW data for that particular scan (lets say that would be NRM_SS_SCAN_052), then I would just process that singular scan as oppossed to the sum of all the scans. So the model you see is a combination of 70 plus scans, warts and all. Patches under the cylinder are a typical example of us returning to the NRM just to get that area again, as it was totally blown out from the original scan, as was the area of the smoke box. The black paint literally ate all of the laser and three very little back, if anything. Unlike the recent scan of a famous and much talked about Electric loco that we scanned, whose bogies and Battery boxes were also black but gave us a good solve, our beloved Stirling Single really liked to absorb pretty much all of the laser. Anyone with a red laser pen can try this out for themselves on the Single if they wish. " if the interpolation during the clean-up is not done by someone with intimate knowledge of the original loco" When you spend that much time scanning a film set, vehicle, location or loco, (10 hours in the case of the stirling) you not only map it virtually but you also map it in your mind as well to a fantastic level. So when it comes to working with the point cloud, we always ensure that he who scanned it, processes it. Thats because the operator will have very intimate knowledge of the loco's form (if not the history). So, it only really puts paid to the idea if in fact you have enough understanding of the process to put the results into context. The Pre Cad model is the first stage. Should the CAD engineer have blocked out his outline and now really wants to get into detail like the Valve Gear, then a request will be submitted and ONLY the scans that pertain to that area are processed, resulting in less lumps or noise. Hope that makes sense
  12. This image is a render. This image is a screen shot of the screen displaying a render, taken with a camera The lumpiness (exagerated by the high contrast of the screen photo above) is an artifact caused by the very reflective and glossy nature of the stirling, as well as the deep blacks on the smokebox and cylinders. The laser works by hitting a surface and reporting back a points distance. The minute you have to measure / scan anything that is super shiny, black or wet then the return on the laser is not as high a quality than say scanning a dirty old dusty diesel (which would result in a stellar return). Sadly, preservationists do like their polish and fresh paint jobs.
  13. Can I just go on record and say that the APT-P does look very scannable. #justsaying ;-) Hopefully someone, somewhere will do one at some point. As good as the Hornby version was at the time, it hasnt aged that well.
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