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 Posted: Tue Oct 2nd, 2012 01:20 am
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Ray Dunakin
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Thanks, Si! i have flown (and crashed) many of the Estes Astrocams myself. I kept putting them on bigger rockets, with bigger motors, but the lengthy ejection delay needed to trigger the shutter while the camera was pointing downwards, was very hard on the recovery system.

Nowadays I'm using 35mm Olympus pocket cameras, but film is becoming an outdated and endangered species these days. I should probably switch to digital, but then I'd have to invest in several new cameras, build new payload capsules, etc. Don't know if I want to go to that much trouble for what is now a secondary hobby.



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 Posted: Thu Oct 4th, 2012 03:14 am
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Hi Ray

It was a neat idea using the tiny Olympus cameras.
Superb quality lenses on those.
Can get 'em for pennys on eBay these days.

Having spent 1000's of hours in dark-rooms over the years...
...I have to say I do appreciate the 'no processing' aspect of digital.
Can't realy beat proper film though.

SOME ( not all ! ) cell-phone cams are quite good.
& cheap as chips !

You'd need a pretty big rocket to get an old Bell & Howell super-8 into orbit I guess.
Technology is amazing though.
Can do HD video now on a camera the size of a match-box; for a few bucks.

Could have up & down facing HD-video mini-cams.
Get the ground disapearing & the chutes opening !
Bit of split-screen editing; a la 70s' styleee...
...BINGO.

Sorry Ray; love a tech-challenge.
Great work again.

If I'm ever in San Diego I'll bring my 1/2" WSLCo cars for a spin on your track.
You got a great twisty main-line; just like they had.

Cheers

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 Posted: Thu Oct 4th, 2012 04:39 am
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Back in the '80s there was a company that made some great little Super 8 cameras. They were all plastic except for the motor, lens and other minor bits. I could cut them down until they were just slightly bigger than the film cartridge, and by doubling the voltage I effectively got a nice slo-mo on playback. I made over 200 flights using those little movie cameras, and got a lot of interesting footage. Someday I want to get them transferred to video and put some of them online.

Anyway, back to the RR... Yeah, if you're ever out this way let me know, we're always happy to have visitors to the RR.



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 Posted: Tue Oct 23rd, 2012 09:28 pm
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Gawwwd i love yer Rock work,, looks like San diego east county.. Awsome stuff ;-)
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 Posted: Tue Oct 23rd, 2012 11:47 pm
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Great outdoors layout!!! I asume winters in San Diego are cool, but, any snow day out there??



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 Posted: Wed Oct 24th, 2012 01:26 pm
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It's a great layout-indoors or outdoors. We could do with more photos however...

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Here are a few new pics I shot recently. The first two feature my scratch-built Model T rail bus. I sculpted the two figures, representing my dad and my sister. I still need to make some more figures to fill the rest of the seats:







This next shot shows a train crossing a bridge at the west end of the layout. I refurbished this bridge back in January, including replacing the damaged catwalk with one that can support actual cats (not to mention possums, squirrels, and other critters):




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I just discovered your site earlier today and I've spent the last few hours being amazed by it! Amazing job!

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Hi Ray,

Great, your Miners Cabin and Cliffside Mine are very nice. Just right for the space, outstanding work.

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Thanks!

Progress has been a little slow lately. I've done some work on the interiors of my former bank building, but that's about it. Too many other things taking up my time, and when I do get time to model I just haven't felt very inspired.



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