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 Posted: Thu Apr 18th, 2013 08:55 pm
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Hi John,
Be my guest! I still haven't really had the time to sit down and go through my collection properly yet, but I know there is certainly heaps that I missed, so would welcome others pics so I can see what else went on ;)

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Dan Pickard

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OK Dan, you asked for it - You're leading off with Splitters Gorge and Diggers Bend...

Dan's stuff was in an annex off the main hall

First up a general view Splitters Gorge with the start of Diggers Bend to the right


I had a quick look at some of the photos Dan had posted previously to the forum on Splitters Gorge, hopefully I am not repeatinhg anything in the next couple of photos

Looking up through the canopy of branches, you can almost hear the bellbirds chiming further up the gorge...


The Splitter's hut bathed in dappled shade


From further up the gorge comes the sound of splashing water...


and in the right foreground, ferns surround the feet of young gums struggling upwards toward the light


now on to Diggers Bend



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Hi all,
now its time for Dan's On30 "Diggers Bend" to make an appearance. I think that this counts as a "small layout", but the details speak for themselves.....

An overview of the left hand side of the layout


and a closer view of the Diggers Bend Mining Company's main buildings


as an empty train scuttles aross the yard and heads back to the mine



into the underground darkness. The Company ute (utility truck) looks like it has seen better days.


A view over the creek towards the lean-to


Near the lean-to, a skip gets some attention


Meanwhile over at the loco shed,


the shed fitter is looking for something he dropped earlier in the day


Here's a close up of the mine portal that hides behind the loco shed roof - is it safe to go inside???


And now for some of the gum trees that populate this layout...


and finally a closer look that also shows a nicely detailed misty backscene lurking behind the trees that helps give additional depth to the eucalypt forest


This layout is sure to feature in a magazine or 2 over the coming few months. Keep your eyes out in the "arriving in the next issue" notices, for when it does the printed photos will be absolutely stunning. My hand-held photos simply do not do this layout full justice.


Next up we go down a size to HOn2 1/2 with photos of Ron Wrigglesworth's "Wombat Creek Carriage & Locomotive Works" and Rod Hutchinson's HOn30"Regnan's Tramway"....



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 Posted: Fri Apr 19th, 2013 09:26 am
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Hi John,
Kind of enjoying this...you've found things on my layout I didn't really realise were there :)

Looking forward to the rest of the batch and the commentary.

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Dan Pickard

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Hi all
First up 2 photos of part of Rod Hutchinon's 'Regnan's Tramway"
Along the creek...


heading further into the hills....


And now for Ron Wrigglesworth's "Wombat Creek Carriage & Locomotive Works", a small engineering works lost somewhere in the Aussie Bush that fixes up narrow gauge railway equipment

An overview of some of the rolling stock parked outside the main sheds


A wider shot of the left side of the layout - Keep an eye out for that big red ute on the right


The yard boss at the office door looks a little worried


The right hand side of the layout with the rear car of the passenger train that has just passed by....



Hmm, nice sports car parked out in front of the verandah. The works water tank towers above all in the near distance


That completes a quick look at Ron's "Wombat Creek Carriage & Locomotive Works"



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Hi all, How about some of Richard Grinyer's diorama's that were on display in the same annex as Dan's stuff?

First up his 1/35 scale "Stoney Creek Oil Depot"


The "Miners Den" in 1/48 scale






"Strike It Rich Mining Supplies" in 1/35 scale






The End of The Line" in 1/35 scale




and finally his Rawdon Island schoolhouse in 1/48 acale. This model was featured in Narrow Gauge Downunder magazine





That'll do for now - we still have all the stuff in the main hall and contest room to go yet.....



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Superb modeling!

I take my tattered hat off to you blokes!

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Hi Herb and all,
We're only just getting started

From the layouts on display in the main hall, here's Laurie Green's 'Grizzly Flats"


Keep an eye on that shed on the right




Here it is....


In the background behind the main rail truss bridge was this little road bridge at the top of the main street


And a final look under the bridges at the waterfalls


Are you ready for this?

or should we go to Fiji first???



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 Posted: Wed Apr 24th, 2013 10:38 am
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Wow, great piccys mate. Thanks.

Rowan

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 Posted: Thu Apr 25th, 2013 10:55 am
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Hi all,
Another video of some of the layouts at the convention
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IX4W0J6ea8
for your viewing pleasure

More photos on the way - Fiji or US Northeast coast first?

Your call



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