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The Far North Line
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 Posted: 9 May 2017 00:40
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Ben Alder
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Thanks - no doubt there will be more to come...;)



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Excellent work, you are to be commended for your efforts.
I feel priviliged to have seen a master modeller`s work.
I agree 100% with your comments regarding the shadows etc in the photos.
Natural is what it is all about.:thumbs:

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Richard,  Congrats on Pick of the week, such an atmospheric picture

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Hi Richard,

A terrific POTW result. Really nice photography. :thumbs:



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Great POTW Richard, well done :tophat:



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Brilliant photo Richard, and well done for POTW, despite their small size, those Hornby Pecketts are amazing, the finish you've got on it is inspirational, I hope I can get as good a look on my engines :thumbsup:.

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Ben. Phenomenal. Great inspiration and the quality of photographs is amazing.

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 Posted: 21 May 2017 13:47
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Thanks all - sorry for not getting back sooner but computer has developed a terminal illness and is in the process of being replaced. I have a tablet, which I don't like for typing and cannot post any stored pics so will reply soonish once I am up and running and got to grips with W10......



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 Posted: 21 May 2017 22:18
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No worries, sorry to hear of your pooters demise. I've been through a couple myself.

Look forward to a catch up.


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 Posted: 20 Jun 2017 00:33
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My faithful XP developed a what turned out to be termimal disease due to the reluctance of the techie to devote the time needed to patch up an obsolete system, so reluctantly I moved to W10 - thought about 7 but knew this was only postponing the day. I got him to put in Clasic Shell which at least gives the appearance of previous systems and have spent the last week getting used to new things. Lots of updates to various programmes that I had been ignoring, esp. on my preferred basic photo editing trio but have I think managed to cope with them to an extent.

Work this last whiles has been  on another LMS van build, which I will expand on  in the workbench thread in the coming days, but here are are a couple of shots of the batch being trialled.

Whoops  - sorry about that , but a train of LMS vans entering Thurso, no two the same.



Shunting the passenger stock - a mix of Early and post war coaches.



Sorting vans at Helmsdale.



And putting one into the goods shed - a bit of weathering is needed on the loco.



The freight that the tank engine shunted coming in to the station.....

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Fantastic  pictures Ben, the blending into the back scene is spot on :thumbs: Kim



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What a great series of photos and the detail on your layout is superb giving just the right atmosphere for the period/location. :tophat::tophat:

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 Posted: 26 Jun 2017 20:44
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One of the left behinds on the workbench is now finished - the venerable Airfix cattle wagon, almost sixty years old now and still the most accurate model of any readily available type until the last year or two, when Parkside with their LMS one and Hornby's SR duo excelled themselves in these matters. The Airfix one, a bit heavy in moulded detail but a small shortcoming, can make up in to a perfectally acceptable model once the opening door details are removed and the gaps tidied up. Here is one sitting beside a Bachmann version, which they managed to make a scale foot overlong. I was going to replace my Airfix fleet , most of which are dated as 1978 builds, when they appeared but nice as the Bachmann one is, the extra length takes the edge off it for me. I have instead started an occasional upgrade of my older wagons - my modelling was far cruder back then and the cruelty of the digital camera was undreamt of. Attending to the doors and fitting wire window bars and axle tiebars  brings the model up to date easily.



This was photographed at the terminus last Sunday, where it was a mix of clouds and sunshine, making it too bright for good daylight shots - the best weather is overcast or light rain; this manages to produce shadows and a natural look.However, I did manage to catch a few moments when the light was cooperative - one showing a branch service at the platform with a tank engine.



I was giving the vans a test run to check everything was OK - last week was mainly photographic to pick up any visual shortcomings - and here is another freight, this time leaving the station.





And another one, this time a bit lighter.


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 Posted: 26 Jun 2017 22:12
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Hi Richard,
The last shot is particularly nice. It shows of the brake van rather well. Nice modeling and photography as usual. :thumbs:
Thanks again for sharing.
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 Posted: 27 Jun 2017 21:50
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Cheers; here are a few more from the same day, at Helmsdale this time. A fitted freight heads into the station - despite the Black Fives being the mainstay of the line the Caley 4-4-0's did a lot of secondary work and were very much part of the scene till the end of steam. So, very much an every day sight here.





And a look at the shed, nothing much stirring here today.








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