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5 years 7 months ago #31 by Hadley
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Those are some very detailed kits aren't they

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5 years 7 months ago - 5 years 7 months ago #32 by shaunfletcher
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you are better off either posting smaller pictures (resizing and cropping before posting), or posting a small picture here and a link to the full picture on flickr or something. The forum upload cant really cope with big pictures with a lot of detail like those, the file size is just too big and it compresses it too much. Its the same deal on facebook. mangles the hell out of larger detailed pictures.

Unless admin has some tips or can adjust some settings.
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5 years 7 months ago #33 by Gary
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As I've said before try not to post linked pictures to flicker, photobox etc. The site can handle images up to 2MB which is more than plenty for your average photos, any bigger than that and it just takes to long to render in Internet Explorer.



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5 years 7 months ago - 5 years 7 months ago #34 by shaunfletcher
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But larger images get serious compression artifacts from the site. The ones of the silo have a lot of lost detail.

I'm looking at my own images and think I know whats going on.

If you take images straight off a camera they are almost uncompressed or even uncompressed entirely (quality 12 jpg). if you upload them then the site code is having to compress them which it doesnt do very well.

If you take the images and resize/save them yourself in an image editor then they should be a couple of hundred Kb (not multiple Mb) and the site will load them as-is and they will look spanky.

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5 years 7 months ago #35 by Gary
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I use ACDSee Pro there is a free version, it lets me do bulk edits, resizes, change white balance etc, it also does the import from the camera when I plug it in. You can set it to save the original photos and create smaller copies, the resizing is almost lossless, all my photos here have been resized with this.



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5 years 7 months ago #36 by shaunfletcher
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Sweet looks like that is the key, make sure to resize in acdsee/photoshop/gimp/whatever before uploading and all will be shiney.

You would think consumer cameras would save a big print copy and a web copy automatically by now.

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5 years 7 months ago #37 by Grant
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I'm now finishing up the scenery shell. Almost ready to start actual modelling. :)

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5 years 6 months ago #38 by Grant
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Lots of work on this in the past few days. I finally have my modelling mojo back. Today I made a big order of scenic supplies, including a lot of pine trees. They're expensive, but it should really look good with them. :cheer:

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5 years 6 months ago #39 by grover
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That looks like a massive amount of work but obviously a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing your pics and progress. Its really interesting.

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5 years 6 months ago #40 by Grant
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Now for the fun stuff. I'm going to spend the next few days carving the rocks on the layout. These will eventually be given various reddish washes. This time I'm also experimenting with weathering powders to give them the proper dusty look. I bought a range of red, brown and rust colours. :)



It's exciting to get to this stage because what has looked like a piece of woodwork suddenly starts to look like a model.
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5 years 6 months ago #41 by Grant
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5 years 6 months ago #42 by Hadley
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What do you use as the scenery base? The white stuff

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5 years 6 months ago #43 by Grant
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The first layer is plaster cloth; over this I bush a layer of thin plaster. Finally the rocks are carved out of casting plaster while it is setting. I just blob the plaster down in the spots I want rock faces and the carve it with a paint stripper blade. Then I brush it down to add texture and slight wear the edges.

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5 years 6 months ago #44 by Grant
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I'll also say it is a very satisfying process, and sort of makes me feel like a sculptor. :lol:

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5 years 6 months ago #45 by Maarten
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Top ! as allways .

'' I could sense things were about to kick off, so I got out of there !''


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5 years 6 months ago #46 by Grant
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Cheers. I've finished for today. I'm maybe a third of the way through this. :S



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5 years 6 months ago #47 by Grant
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Still carving. :blink: Can't wait to get a bit of colour on this, but there is a lot more work to go before that.

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5 years 6 months ago #48 by grover
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Awesome work. Do you paint by hand only or mix in airbrushing? I'm fascinated.

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5 years 6 months ago #49 by Gary
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Coming along really well Grant, can't wait to see some paint and scenics going on.



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5 years 6 months ago #50 by Grant
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grover wrote: Awesome work. Do you paint by hand only or mix in airbrushing? I'm fascinated.


The plaster is painted with thinned artists acrylics. It's more of a wash than anything. I'll try to run the various colours together because nature isn't uniform. Then highlights on the rocks with darker washes, dry brushing and weathering powders. :)
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5 years 6 months ago #51 by Tiger
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Wow that's looking good.
Looking forward to seeing some paint and scenery.

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5 years 6 months ago #52 by Smithy
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Looking good, i see you don't have a cork underlay for the track, do you find that increases the noise? I've often wondered if its worth splashing out for it and am trying 3mm double sided Foam Tape which also gives the track some elevation.

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5 years 6 months ago #53 by Grant
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Smithy wrote: Looking good, i see you don't have a cork underlay for the track, do you find that increases the noise?


To be honest that's because I was lazy with this layout. :lol: I don't mind the sound, I actually sort of like it. In the past I've used both Midwest cork and Woodland Scenics foam underlay. The foam is much easier to lay but the cork provides a much better surface for stable track work. I'm undecided about which I would use on the next layout.

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5 years 6 months ago #54 by Grant
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Almost finished with the rock carving. I won't bother with pics because it looks more or less like a pavlova at this stage. :whistle:

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5 years 6 months ago #55 by Grant
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Rock carving finally finished. I also completed and painted the fascia. Next up is preparing the ground surface. This involves texturing the ground and adding in smaller rocks and dirt. I'll be using various grades of Woodland scenics talus and plaster for this.







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5 years 6 months ago #56 by Kiwimav
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Lookin good Grant...have a friend into N Scale back home in NZ...so I'm watchin with interest

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5 years 6 months ago #57 by Grant
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Kiwimav wrote: Lookin good Grant...have a friend into N Scale back home in NZ...so I'm watchin with interest

Dave


Cheers Dave. I just ordered a new sound locomotive from the States just to test the waters with an online store. They are so expensive over here. :pinch:

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5 years 6 months ago - 5 years 6 months ago #58 by Grant
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I've started the painting. I'm super happy with the results. It's good to see the effort of the past couple of weeks revealed by adding colour. :)



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5 years 6 months ago #59 by Gary
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Wow so quick and so good!!!



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5 years 6 months ago #60 by grover
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That's awesome work Grant. Looks so realistic.

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