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 Posted: Fri Nov 1st, 2019 04:59 am
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Tom Harbin
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Now we're talking.
This is my kind of MRR research!

I must have watched thirty or forty westerns in the last two weeks.
Lots of ideas.

I have most of the Annie Oakley series on disk (bought a 600 pack of TV westerns).
I'll try to look for the episode in the next few days.

It seems familiar but then again Number 9 was in a fair number of movies.

Tom


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Woodie,

I think I found it:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FJ34dLeZaQ

Annie Oakley, Season 1 Episode 10, "The Cinder Trail".



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Michael, yep that's the one. Thanks for the link.
I have always loved the SPNG but never saw any "moving pictures" of the line.
A great little show and some nice train videos.

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Thanks for the link!
The Annie Oakley episode has some great scenes of the Southern Pacific narrow gauge.
I could be wrong, but it looks like the Keeler depot is part of the scene 6.56 into the episode.
Am getting a second cup of coffee and will watch it more closely.




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" Si, the short answer to your question,
is that the automobile in the foreground is a 1955 Cadillac Eldorado.

The car is meant to be a subtle tribute to one of my favorite authors, Larry McMurtry.
McMurtry was master of capturing the feel of a dusty, dying town in the American West.

His westerns, such as Last Picture Show and Hud, did not romanticize the American West,
but instead were gritty, and featured complex characters who were inseparable from the landscape.

In the latter movie, Hud, the lead character, played by a young Paul Newman,
drives around the small, windswept Texas town (filmed in Claude, Texas)
in what looks like a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado convertible."






Hi Duane  :wave:



I am a BIG FAN of Hollywoods 'post-western' ... Westerns !  :cool:


Also as a massive B&W photography lover ...  :old dude:

... it doesn't get much better than 'Hud' or 'The Last Picture Show'.  :thumb:



Decent actors ... 'real' sets ... & 'kitchen-sink' directors.  :P



Who needs 'Arnie' ... C.G.I. ... & Technicolor ?  ;)

An orange filtered Western sky in B&W ... is a good alternative to Kodachrome.  :s: 



I indulged recently, in an El Camino pickup & '57 Chevy in HO scale !  :bg:



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Nothing terribly exciting to report,
but I went through my box of unfinished models, and found this A-frame Gondola.

The SP narrow gauge used these unusual cars to haul ore from various mines,
and as that traffic dried up towards the later days of the narrow gauge operation,
I suspect that they saw less use.

I probably didn't finish the model because it really wasn't that accurate,
but then again, none of my models really are.

It's kind of a compromise when you need a whole fleet of rolling stock,
and you have limited time, energy and funds.

We will see if I can get this little Gondola detailed and weathered,
so it can be serviceable, if not spectacular.

I'm leaning towards light weathering, as I think I have gone a little too far,
on weathering the other rolling stock and structures.

The actual Owens Valley line was very well maintained by narrow gauge standards.







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I think it's a great looking model.

Here's a photo of SPNG #128:

http://www.spnghs.org/archive/picture.php?/193/category/5





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If my models are not MMR worthy,
it isn't due to a lack of prototype information.

Since the Southern Pacific narrow gauge ran until 1960,
and much of the equipment has been preserved,
there is a plethora of drawings, photographs, and videos available.

Its really a luxury to have all of this information.

What is surprising is how little few people have modeled the line,
or how few models have been produced.




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Happy Thanksgiving,
hope everyone is well and able to spend the day with loved ones.


I’m cross posting this pic from the very entertaining “Outhouse” thread,
so apologies if some of ya’ll have seen it.

As for the outhouse itself, I’m not real happy with the way it turned out:
It is constructed of Plastruct siding and corrugated roofing material.

Normally, these are good building materials and I’ve seen others have great results.

However, IMHO, plastic models don’t photograph well in natural sunlight,
and even with weathering plastic can look too bright or shiny.


On the other hand, The storage shed next to it is one of my favorite models.

It is based on a prototype shed located adjacent to the railroad grade in Keeler,
and still was standing when I visited the Owens Valley last year.

I don’t know the history of it, but as it is on RR property and constructed of railroad ties,
it seems likely to assume that it was built by the Southern Pacific at some point.

That model is built of basswood “ties” with printed  “rolled roofing” material.
Nothing more fun than a model that basically costs nothing and can be built in an evening.







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Duane, I'm just waiting for the day you stop showing us 1:1 scale photos and show us some of your modelling!:old dude:

That is a superb shot.:2t:



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