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 Posted: Thu Apr 25th, 2013 03:02 pm
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Wow! There's an overwhelming amount of "good stuff" there ... have to come back and digest it in smaller chunks. Thanks for posting all the pix!



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 Posted: Fri Apr 26th, 2013 03:20 am
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Hi all again,

I've flipped the coin.. and Fiji wins....with Steve Pettit's new Fijian-based sugar cane layout 'Lomo Lomo" -



Wnat a closer look at that train?


How about an even closer look at #18?


Here's the other end of the layout - and yes its DCC


Here's #27 on the one of the bridges


Perhaps a closer look at #27?


and the rest of its train of empties snaking back off the bridge.


and a view of the other smaller bridge


and another shot of the Fijian countryside to finish us out...coconuts anyone??


My photos really don't do Steve's work full justice.
More coming in the next installment - perhaps Mario (Big M) Rapinett's modelling stuff on display or are you ready for Smugglers' Cove yet?



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Hi all,
Now it's Big M's turn in the spotlight. Mario Rapinett is perhaps best known as an excellent photographer and documenter of some outstanding work in our hobby worldwide with his Modvid website pages http://www.modvid.com.au/ He is also no slouch himself when it comes to modelling.

For the convention, Mario brought along a display of some of his work in various scales. I'll let the pictures do the talking...

First up his cannery and wharf


A bush diorama in 1/24 scale


A sceniced display track


Garage diorama, I'm unsure of scale on this one, with truck weathered by John Hunter


Under-construction mine buildings in O scale


Diorama by Mario using Phil Shaptor structure and details


HO scale building and detailed vehicle


O scale Hobo's meet


O scale 2-storey house


A wider view showing the HO version beside it and large diorama behind


Truck on dirt track on that large diorama


And now for some of his detailed details - First up an overview of his display of details














:!:I think I'll quit now and go take up something like knitting :bang:
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John Garaty
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 Posted: Sun Apr 28th, 2013 09:51 am
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danpickard wrote:
Hi all,
With the OzNGC all done and dusted, its time for me to relax again for a while. Here's a link to a quick video of some of the weekend's activities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQOjXNiGnig

I'll try and get to a handful of photos once I've had some time to sort through the.

Cheers,
Dan Pickard


Hi all,
Strap on a seat, this next one may take a while...



Dan's video above features about 30 second of Smuggler's Cove by Geoff Nott and Michael Flack. That brief amount of time really can't do this layout justice. Even Gerry Hopkins video of the Convention that features about 5 minutes of Smugglers Cove still comes up short. Gerry;s video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IX4W0J6ea8

Geoff and Michael have delivered a layout that delivers constantly changing panoramas as you move along the layout. A small change in angle or position opens up a totally different view that without this change in what is being seen becoming dischordant or jarring.

I hope that my photos may give further inspiration. Their work is truly art. The photos will appear here as though you are viewing the layout from your left to your right

First up is the house at "Dunes Point":


Moving along to the next inlet, before you get to the lighthouse, you see the 30" gauge railroad trestle bridge and the actual 'Smugglers Cove" behind

I'm quite chuffed, I even managed to catch the light in the lighthouse alight.

However, with a seagulls' view, you get a different panorama, the wharf with fishing boat and a glimpse of the On15 tracks behind Smuggler's Cove now coming into view

Keep an eye out for the Real McCoy Rum and Wally's Warehouse....

The building on the "Real McCoy Rum" wharf is really what gave Smuggler's Cove its name. Now zero in on Wally's Warehouse, now the On15 track can be plainly seen, unfortunately that train has just departed


Move to the right of the lighthouse and look to the left, you see Spampy's Seafood. This is next to Wally's Warehouse on the backscene


Look to the right and you see the 18" gauge tracks disappearing under the covered walkway at the Atlantic Clipper Seafood & Canning Company


Immediately to the right of the lighthouse you have


Backing the zoom off gives this panorama

with an arriving fishhing boat, waiting for the bridge to lift, and the buildings of the Atlantic Clipper canning plant towering in the distance. The lift bridge is actually based on an Aussie 2' gauge prototype near Nambour in Queensland over the Maroochy River.

The same view, but from a different angle,


At the other end of the liftbridge tracks is the cannery's delivery dock on the 30" gauge tracks

Keep an eye out for that shack in the foreground with the floats on the wall...it may reappear in my next post

So far we have only covered about 1/3 of the length of Smuggler's Cove that was on display.... Part 2 coming next...



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 Posted: Sun Apr 28th, 2013 10:21 am
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New detail where ever you look!

Superb!

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 Posted: Sun Apr 28th, 2013 12:10 pm
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Yes, excellent stuff,Smugglers Cove is really good; then again aren't they all.
Rowan

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 Posted: Sun Apr 28th, 2013 08:34 pm
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Smaugller's Cove - Part 2

We left the layout at the lift bridge that guards the entrance to Smuggler's Cove, and that provides for the passage of the 30" gauge railroad over the cove.


Remember that shack with the lobster pot floats on it...

it was beside the wharf for the lobster processing plant, immediately to the right of that shack.

Its a bit unnerving to have the lookout at the lobster processing plant peer at you through binoculars and give you a wave...

I wonder what's on the menu at the Clam Shack Cafe??? Keep an eye out for that "Historical Seaport" sign....

There's that same sign again at the top left of this photo of...The Maritime Museum.

yes the Maritime Museum has a fully detailed interior.

and here that sign is again...this time at the top right of this photo which also shows the 30" gauge railroad depot in the blurry distance and a patron of the Clam Shack Cafe at the bottom left of the photo.


Moving past the moored 2-master at the front of the Maritime Museum we come to the next wharf,


where the Steamboat "Sabino" is moored

and keep a weather eye out for that little red and white boat in the background....

But moving all of 6" to the right, a different view of the "Sabino" and the steam tram opens up -"It's a Gnomy". Just goes to show what can be done with toy tram

Look for #13 in the background at the right...

and that #13 belongs to the Armory Wharf Cafe that overlooks the inlet behind this trestle bridge

Note the careful placement of trees and other images on the backscene that greatly add to the depth in this photo. These backscene images drift in and out of view from behind the buildings and trees as you move along this layout.

And we still have another peninsular to go yet....Don't go away for too long.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 29th, 2013 01:21 pm
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Thanks so much for posting the piccys mate, appreciate it, Rowan
Where and when is the next exibition on mate?

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Hi all,
Make yourslves a cuppa, and strap on a comfortable seat for the final instalment of "Smuggler's Cove"

Hopefully that little red & white boat seen towards ths end of my previous post might make a magic reappearance

There it is - tied up at the repair wharf of the Atlantic Boat Works. Can't be too much wrong because there's no-one working on it. Maybe the repair crews are busy elsewhere...

Here's what a low-flying seagull sees at the same spot


In the back of the shed


and further up the slipway at the Atlantic Boat Works

with the tram track and the town behind.

Just to the right of the slipway


The main workshop at the Atlantic Boat Works is also a hive of activity


While at Smuggler's Cove wharf... just to the right of the Atlantic Boat Works,


Let's take a quick look at the Antique Shop and Widow's Walk Cafe and tram stop behind the wharf


and a bit further down the street is Pilgrim's Produce and Hardware. The hobo on the bench might be in for sharp awakening


Some things that have not been in any of the previous photos are the trains. Here is one of the 30" gauge trains crossing the lift bridge

There was also a steam-hauled mixed, but I missed getting any photos of that one.

and the 18" gauge train passing Wally's Warehouse


That completes our look at Smuggler's Cove and the layouts in the main hall.

My photos of my Corrimal Colliery Incline on display will be posted to that topic.

I do have some photos of only SOME of the entries in the Contest Room, if anyone is interested. By the time I got there on Sunday afternoon several of the entries on display had already departed.

Regards,
John Garaty
Unanderra in oz

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 Posted: Thu May 2nd, 2013 09:49 am
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Great stuff!!!

Thanks for sharing it with us, Rowan!


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