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 Posted: Sun Apr 26th, 2009 01:59 am
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Thanks for sharing!! A master class from a master builder!! Very helpful! :thumb:

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 Posted: Sun Apr 26th, 2009 11:14 am
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Dan, John the Varden mine really comes to life in your diorama modules, the detail is just stunning and seamless, how deep are the modules, I read how long they were but not the second measure. I hope when you guys do the article for Russ you include much more of the how to portion of this build, please:thumb:

I have read several types of topping now for the foam to be covered what led you to the caulk as we call it? I have only tried it on a small sample using spackling dry wall mud? Thanks Pat



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 Posted: Mon Apr 27th, 2009 05:35 am
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Hi Pat,

The layout is less than 2' deep, 550mm to be more precise.  Still in some negotiations with Russ, will see how it pans out, but I know he will provide an excellent photographic coverage of the piece (worth a 1000 words remember), and I'm sure there will be a few more tips involved.

The caulk (thankyou for that generic word to describe it, had been trying to remember which word to use!) was actually the original method of doing these soft rocks, as done by another Aussie modeller, Mark Fry.  Mario took to using the plaster cover and promoted that one as his Frocks (hence also why I refer to ours as soft rocks still).  Each have their own applications I guess.  I found the caulk version gave a better solid cover of the foam sponge texture in one hit, and maintained its skin better when it came to flexing the finished soft rock into position.  The plaster covered frock version can sill tend to crack and flake when manipulated (sometimes a desired effect, depending on the type of rock you are trying to achieve), and I wasn't happy with the amount of coats I was needing to cover the foam properly (still looked like foam to me).   I feel the frock/plaster version may have better applications if the foam is mounted in place first, and then the coats start being applied once in position.  It just means the actual layout space might be a lot more messy while being built.  The good thing about the foam rock principle is they can be made away from the layout and easily transported to their final place.  Personal preference really, not a huge amount of difference. 

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DAn, thanks for the info and the insight on the different applications work. Pat



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 Posted: Fri May 8th, 2009 12:22 am
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Simply OUTSTANDING

I have seen Dan half live but can't wait to see it all at Ballarat Show,


Stuart in OZ modeling 3mm scale

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3mm scale sounds very close to a scale that had a small following 50 years ago in this country, called TT, which was 1/10" to the foot.

What was your reason behind the choice? Not saying that there is anything wrong with it, perhaps there is a following that I don't know about elsewhere in the world.


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 Posted: Fri May 8th, 2009 08:02 pm
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HI..

I like to do diffrent things now, HO, OO, On30, N scale are so yesterday.

I like Bristh, I like to build stuff, so they go hand in hand. Plus no one else is doing here...

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Herb-TT scale must still be "alive"...some years back, the NMRA adopted standards for TTn3...What?? TTn3?? Somebody must be building in the scale/gauge or maybe the NMRA standards guys needed something to keep them busy.  When they adopt 35n2 standards, I will probably go back to model aircraft!

The Dolly Varden mine display is truly a work of model railroad art. I know how much time it takes to create the "clutter" and rustic look of the structures and you can tell that there was a lot of time AND soul poured into the construction. What an inspiring layout and beautiful photos, simply wonderful!       Woodie



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Hi Herb,

3mm translates to 0.11811 inches, which is very close to 1/8" (only .007" shy), and would work out to 8.47 feet to an inch. This would make 3mm scale about halfway between HO (1/87) and TT scale (1/120). TT scale uses .100 inches (1/10") to the foot, which would be smaller. I can see that there could be an advantage to using this scale for modeling narrow gauge, since N gauge track & mechanisms would scale out to the proper 3' track gauge. HO structures and parts, like doors & windows, could still be used, possibly even some figures and vehicles too, since many of these are actually closer to 1/100 scale than 1/87. I've often thought about trying this scale myself, but I realized I already have too many unfinished projects for this lifetime! Besides, with the new stuff coming from Micro-Trains & Blackstone, there are more reasons to go with HOn3...

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 Posted: Fri Jun 26th, 2009 10:39 am
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In addition to the pics I have put up here on the forum, I can now present
DOLLY VARDEN MINES RAILWAY, On30...THE MOVIE

Finally got to play around with the video camera and some youtube.  Just another perspective on the layout I guess.  Filmed this at its first public exhibition a few weeks ago, where it received some favourable comments.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAsqi5evRPk

Cheers,
Dan

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