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mikeyh




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PostSubject: Re: French Army on Manoeuvres   French Army on Manoeuvres - Page 2 EmptySun Apr 18, 2010 4:18 pm

The cylinders are 5cm lengths of painted dowel, the valves are parts of brass presstud fittings, the pipes are electrical wire glued in to a block, the main pipe is more electrical wire but thicker;

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the gondola wis made from nails inserted through drilled holes in the base, then twine is woven to get a 'basket' look. the balloon is an old football bladder slightly inflated;

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Compl├Ętement.......dingue ! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: French Army on Manoeuvres   French Army on Manoeuvres - Page 2 EmptySun Apr 18, 2010 8:30 pm

Perhaps a spray of khaki paint over the black football bladder to make it look more military? Other than that, a pretty good job!
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mikeyh

mikeyh

Location : Dordogne France

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PostSubject: Re: French Army on Manoeuvres   French Army on Manoeuvres - Page 2 EmptyMon Apr 19, 2010 5:40 am

strangely enough Martin, Khaki wasnt adopted by the French military until late 1915. Their uniforms in 1910 were still the blue jackets and red trousers (they changed once they realised that the red spot on top of their Kepis made such an attractive target). The balloons were made of vulcanised gutta percha, and due to the poor dyes of the day were all (all countries) either grey or even orange. There are a few bits and pieces of detail to add but I'm pleased with the scene.

Mikey
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mikeyh

mikeyh

Location : Dordogne France

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PostSubject: Re: French Army on Manoeuvres   French Army on Manoeuvres - Page 2 EmptyMon Apr 19, 2010 5:45 am

Completely crazy? I dont know. For me the character of a train is defined by the scenery in which it runs. my definition of an interesting garden railway has always been a series of realistic scenes linked by a railway. I find nothing bores me quicker than a train just going round and round at either ground level or at an elevated height. One of the reasons i set demiel in 1910 is the challenge of making scenes that one wouldnt normally see in this day and age, plus its a bit different!

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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

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PostSubject: Re: French Army on Manoeuvres   French Army on Manoeuvres - Page 2 EmptyMon Apr 19, 2010 7:10 am

mikeyh wrote:
Completely crazy? I dont know. For me the character of a train is defined by the scenery in which it runs. my definition of an interesting garden railway has always been a series of realistic scenes linked by a railway. I find nothing bores me quicker than a train just going round and round at either ground level or at an elevated height. One of the reasons i set demiel in 1910 is the challenge of making scenes that one wouldnt normally see in this day and age, plus its a bit different!

mikey

O dear Mikey, you had better not visit my railway, as I think it will be in your boring category. Trains running round with a few buildings dotted here and there.
sunny sunny affraid

Peter
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mikeyh

mikeyh

Location : Dordogne France

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How can you say that Peter? A brewery with smoking chimney?, a canal water feature?, loads of track, sidings etc? Na that aint boring.

mikey
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French Chuffed



Location : Droitwich UK

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PostSubject: Re: French Army on Manoeuvres   French Army on Manoeuvres - Page 2 EmptyMon Apr 19, 2010 5:21 pm

The trains will still go round and round, with far fewer buildings than you. I hope to make some progress this year in making it look ‘more finished’ but who knows. I am not into dioramas as you are, its just an excuse to run trains.
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clive_t

Location : Portsmouth, England

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PostSubject: Re: French Army on Manoeuvres   French Army on Manoeuvres - Page 2 EmptyTue Apr 20, 2010 7:38 am

I guess that's the beauty of a hobby such as this - it can give great joy to everyone in totally different ways. Personally, I think both of your respective layouts are interesting in different ways - as indeed are the many others that have been shown on here.

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mikeyh

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Location : Dordogne France

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PostSubject: Re: French Army on Manoeuvres   French Army on Manoeuvres - Page 2 EmptyTue Apr 20, 2010 8:03 am

Quite agree Clive. I should perhaps have said that nothing bores me quicker than a train going round and round with nothing to reflect the character of the train. I've seen some interesting garden lines where the train winds through bushes, cuttings, embankments, tunnels, with not a building in site. The background itself becomes part of the line. So many facets to enjoy in this hobby.

mikey
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