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    Join Date: Apr 2015

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    Thanks Russell, it's great therapy for me both physically and mentally. I quite fancy the idea of model trains but I don't really have the space for a good layout. I like your idea for a setting for photos, I will have a play with some settings.
    Very glad to hear you're on the mend Russell, I hope it's not too long before you're in rude health again.
    Iím getting there. A friend came around today and we played a few songs on guitar! So, Iím slowly on the mend.

    I was confined to my room due to illness for 6 years or so, that was over 6 years ago now. But the model trains and the art of modeling helped keep my sanity. I got into it because of the computer control, youíd be shocked at all the circuits made for trains these days. But, once I got into it, I found I enjoyed the modeling the most. Another small thing you may want to add to your motorcycle models is weathering. To add realism, there are many methods to ďweatherĒ, your projects, a bit of dirt, a touch of rust, making the rubber on the tires look worn. It takes a delicate touch to make it realistic.

    And Iím sure there are YouTube videos on the art of photographing models, to make them look real. I had a digital camera with a macro setting, that made my small scenes look realistic, I read an article in a magazine about this man who took a board with a length of track with fake dirt and grass, setting on saw horses, and he set it up so the train appeared to be setting on a hill in the distance. And it was so real! He was actually getting paid by the model companies to make these photos, to advertise their products.

    The trick to model railroading is not how much space you have, just get a smaller gauge to fit your space. I chose N scale, which I could turn around in 24Ē, an HO takes 48Ē, and a Z scale only takes 13Ē to turn around. You could literally put a Z scale town and track on the coffee table.

    Russell

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    I know nothing about bikes but really appreciate the work. For some reason I love looking at models but have very little inclination to actually make them myself.
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    Join Date: Oct 2015

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    One for Geoff, Walpurgis.
    From kit to the finished article.

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    Looks very good.
    "when common sense, logic and plausibility are excluded. All that remain are foolishness and lies"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    One for Geoff, Walpurgis.
    From kit to the finished article.

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    Thatís fine work! I had no idea there were that many parts involved!

    Russell

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphaGT View Post
    That’s fine work! I had no idea there were that many parts involved!

    Russell
    Thanks Russell, they vary in the amount of components but generally it's somewhere between 2 to 5 hundred parts. I've been investigating your ideas for some interesting photo scenes and once I've changed the cartridge in my printer I'm going to create some diorama type scenery. Also I've been teaching myself painting techniques and I'm going to invest in an air brush. I'll try not to respray the cat lol.
    Turntable
    Toshiba SR-370/Mission 774/Van Damme cable with MS Starline plugs/Ortofon Quintet Black
    CD
    Cambridge CXC transport/modified Musical Fidelity X-DAC/modified Musical Fidelity X-10 V3 tube buffer
    Network Player
    Cambridge NP30
    Amplifier
    Denon HA-500 head amp/Nakamichi CA-5E pre-amp/Chinese passive RVC/Proton AA-1150 DMC power amp
    Speakers
    Mordaunt Short Signifer on original factory stands
    Cables
    Mogami with Rean Neutrik plugs/NVA LS5
    Headphones
    Sennheiser HD600/Sennheiser HD650/Koss Pro4 AA

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    Join Date: Oct 2015

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    I made this a while ago and thought Marco might like it, being Italian. Possibly one of the most beautiful bikes ever made, the Ducati 916.

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    CD
    Cambridge CXC transport/modified Musical Fidelity X-DAC/modified Musical Fidelity X-10 V3 tube buffer
    Network Player
    Cambridge NP30
    Amplifier
    Denon HA-500 head amp/Nakamichi CA-5E pre-amp/Chinese passive RVC/Proton AA-1150 DMC power amp
    Speakers
    Mordaunt Short Signifer on original factory stands
    Cables
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    I made this a while ago and thought Marco might like it, being Italian. Possibly one of the most beautiful bikes ever made, the Ducati 916.

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    I swear that looks real! With the lighting, I reminds me of when I saw this bike on the showroom floor.

    Russell

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian7633 View Post
    Thanks Russell, they vary in the amount of components but generally it's somewhere between 2 to 5 hundred parts. I've been investigating your ideas for some interesting photo scenes and once I've changed the cartridge in my printer I'm going to create some diorama type scenery. Also I've been teaching myself painting techniques and I'm going to invest in an air brush. I'll try not to respray the cat lol.
    Iíve got several air brushes, a cheap single stage is good for spraying models, and is easy to clean. A decent air supply is needed, Iíve got one of those small compressors that are made for airbrushes, and it works fine for such work. You donít need to spend a fortune to do decent work. However! I recently bought a $240 Iwata gravity feed brush, to do fine line work, and spraying skull stencils. There are cheaper gravity feed brushes, but somehow they just donít have the control of the Iwata. But, a $15 single stage with the glass jar under it does wonders for model work, and spraying even coats on larger surfaces.

    Lacquer paint sprays very well, itís nice and thin, and goes on even. But itís a hassle to clean up, and toxic to breath while spraying. So you need a mask and at least be out in the garage to use it. Today there are many acrylic paints that behave very well, but most need to be thinned, about the consistency of 2% milk. They arenít toxic, but you still donít want to be breathing the overspray. A good gun that gets the paint on the surface can be sprayed indoors. There are tons of videos on how to choose a gun, what pressures to use, and what paint, how to, etc on YouTube, but the best thing to do is just get you some cardboard and shoot some paint, no substitute for experience. Itís really a lot of fun! Just be sure to keep your gun clean, once itís got dried paint in it, it can be hard to get back to square one.

    And there is this stuff made mostly for car modelers, but good for so much, peel and stick metal sheets. Itís real metal! Comes in chrome, steel and aluminum, brass and copper colors, cut a piece and stick it on the part, burnish it smooth, and it brings extreme realism to models! Real easy to use once you get the hang of it. A small package of a few sheets will last a long time.

    And I may have already mentioned it, but I bought a kit of weathering powders. Kind of like powdered makeup Iím guessing, take a dry brush and dust it onto models in strategic locations, and it makes it look dirty! Rusty, moldy, sooty, muddy, or whatever youíre going for. It makes a whole world of difference in realistic dioramas, adds realism. It requires the art of subtlety. A little goes a very long way, my kit has 12 different colors, from white dust to black soot, brick dust, mud and earth, itís a ton of fun once you get the hang of it. Get your camera close up with a macro lens, and amaze yourself with how real it looks! Iíve got some pics around somewhere, of a train station I built in HO scale, Iím right proud of. Iíve got about 800 hours in it.

    Making models is fun! But, tweaking them out and taking realistic photographs of it really takes it to the next level. So much better than sitting on a shelf collecting dust. And itís art! No matter how good you get, you can always do better. And if youíre good enough, you can sell your photos to magazines!

    Russell

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    No model soldiers? Used to do then once.
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