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THE RESTING A4
DAVE UPTON
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posted on Jan 30, 2012 04:42 PM:
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As I've not been advised these images are contrary to the rules I thought I might as well make another available. This one was done a couple of years ago and features an ACE Trains A4 Pacific. I like to imagine its waiting for the signal and then it's driver will bring it to life with a rush of steam and smoke.





Here's a better version.

 
t8afao
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posted on Jan 30, 2012 11:14 PM:
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Dang that looks real. Is it smokey in their or is that your backdrop. Nice photo. Nick
 
DAVE UPTON
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posted on Jan 31, 2012 03:07 AM:
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Sorry to disappoint chaps but 'no' its not real. The track & signalling are from a period photo and the A4 has been carefully photoed to suit and 'inserted' which sounds a bit easier than it actually is but nevertheless seems to have worked.
Dave
 
PapaT
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posted on Feb 5, 2012 03:43 PM:
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I thought this was for 'actual' photos taken of your own layout.
 
DAVE UPTON
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posted on Feb 6, 2012 04:38 PM:
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I've rather assumed any photographs featuring our model trains were acceptable? The picture features what we in the UK call a coarse scale three rail O gauge model train in a real setting for effect; with the best will in the world my layout will never be fine scale enough to look this real!

Dave Upton
 
Hartman
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posted on Feb 7, 2012 02:32 AM:
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"...with the best will in the world my layout will never be fine scale enough to look this real!"
LOL. Now that is the plain truth for most of us except for in our mind. I love it. By the way, nice work.
Dennis
 
DAVE UPTON
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posted on Feb 7, 2012 10:28 AM:
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Cheers Dennis.
 
t8afao
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posted on Feb 7, 2012 04:32 PM:
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Nice out door layout. How do you power that layout and does the weather over their effect your track. Who made the A-4 and what min curve does it require. Thanks , Nick
 
DAVE UPTON
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posted on Feb 7, 2012 04:53 PM:
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Hi Nick. Thank you.
If you click on the My Archive Category link (above, right) it will take you to my other postings where you can see a lot more of the layout and the stock run on it.
You can also see numerous clips of them running on YouTube. Here's one featuring this particular loco:

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My layout is very simple and consists of a pair of parallel continuous loops powered by a very basic 12volt controller. As you see it works perfectly well. The track is unaffected by the weather but only because I spent time ensuring all joints were weatherproofed. The track won't rust but does tarnish rapidly, so cleaning the running surface whenever you want to use the layout is necessary but doesn't take too long.
The A4 Pacific locomotive and coaches were all made for ACE Trains by Andries Grabowski of Darstead Trains. For some time he worked closely with the company, but has parted company and now produces for himself. The loco can run on most types of coarse scale three rail track including tin-plate and will cope with a minimum radius of 27", when measured from the centre rail. Hope this helps you.
Dave
 
Balto&NY
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posted on Feb 8, 2012 05:34 PM:
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How come the thumbnail for this topic is different from the main picture in it?
Other than some fancy photo-shopping with a pre-built loco, l don't see any modeling work here.

Ed Bommer
 
JohnBoy
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posted on Feb 8, 2012 07:44 PM:
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We actually don't have any rules, nor even guidelines really on the posting of photos anywhere on the site, other than they should be O gauge train related. Perhaps we should, and if anyone would like to propose some, please either post them here, or contact me privately: john@jcstudiosinc.com

Since we don't have any yet, I think it's fine to let images like these remain. I think that as a general practice, if you're posting an image that is significantly doctored in Photoshop (or whatever image-editing software you're using) that you should make note of it in the post. That way, everything is "on the table" so to speak, and no one will get the idea that the poster is trying to delude anyone. (And I'm quite certain Dave was not trying to delude anyone!)

I have an appreciation for how difficult it probably was to get that photo of the model overlaid right onto the tracks like that - really neat effect.

Oh, and a quick word about the thumbnail - if you alter the photo after it's been posted, sometimes it takes a while for the thumbnail to get updated. (And sometimes it takes a few updates to the original post with the photo in it to trigger it.) Also, sometimes browsers "cache" photos, and this varies by browser (and even version of browser).

Cheers,

John
 
DAVE UPTON
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posted on Feb 8, 2012 07:55 PM:
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Thanks John.

I sincerely hope no one is misled in any way by this type of artwork, which I have always assumed was instantly recognizable as a mix of real photo and digital overlay, although 'overlay' is far too simplistic a description as some of these images can take several hours to get right and can involve just as much digital painting as if a real brush and paint were being used!
With only an outdoor layout to run these models on, unfortunately highly detailed modeling is never going to happen for me, so its this sort of thing that keeps me occupied in the depths of winter.
Dave
 
Hartman
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posted on Feb 8, 2012 08:52 PM:
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Works for me Dave & John.
It is good quality work & it is still trains
Dennis
 



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