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Artitec Spoorpont Ferry images and thoughts upon
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 Posted: Thu May 22nd, 2014 03:58 pm
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It has been requested that I show some images of my Spoorpont Ferry model. Please understand that the model is not fully completed (or weathered). My comments are not meant to condem Artitec - nor their line of fine models. I am merely trying to point out some problems when 'mating' European models to American rolling stock.

In this first view, one can see the ferry with two American 40' cars on deck. I wanted to show how nicely this model 'fits the scene'.




Don't be fooled, while the cars seem to fit on the ferry's deck, they cannot fit through the end gates and stanchions. Here is a shot of those pesky end gates/stanchions:




For the next series of images I will remove any rolling stock and take the ferry out to our backyard harbor (which looks surprisingly like our glass-topped patio table). [BTW: With a different color underneath that glass really looks like a harbor surface.] This is how the ferry looks today (all hand rails are in place and the crew is aboard). Oh, speaking of handrails: They are very thin black thread...that requires the modeler to drill out (slightly) each tiny hole in the railing stanchions).




The crew seems to be in a state of readiness...must be coming into the slip.










Well, there you have it: an excellent model; that doesn't do the job. I have been advised, by my UK pen-pals, that modification of the wheel house would allow more clearance. I am not sure that is what I want to do. I may just order some vans and wagons from E. Hatton's and display it. As in all things, you never know. I do know that the Monks Island Railway 2.0 will require something better (as a ferry) than the extended Peco Loco-Lift it now uses.

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 Posted: Thu May 22nd, 2014 08:04 pm
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Very cool model, I don't see anything wrong with it. While I don't model waterfront scenes, I appreciate them. There were many small ferries, especialy in the southern US which could only haul one or maybe two cars across rivers. I had plans to build an operating one in O scale (On30) using a Tamiya tracked powered chassis which would be under water (dyed with brown ick)with the ferry on top and run in a slot (like a slot car) from one side of a river to the other. The problem was, and still is, the water. Too much needed, too heavy, too nasty (critters and fungus), and to represent a wide enough river it would take 5 to 6 feet or more. The best laid plans of model railroaders and mice...

Woodie-oh yes, the ferry would be r/c...



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 Posted: Thu May 22nd, 2014 09:43 pm
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Ironically, the worst-looking thing to represent water in scale is ... water. Jose.



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I know...that's another thing that killed my plans...unrealistic water.

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 Posted: Sat May 24th, 2014 10:53 am
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I think Woodie has hit on yet another problem with expanses of water...they tend to be unrealisitc. Some time ago I visited a fellow hobbyist's layout wherein he had a very nice harbor scene. The 'water' looked OK - and was certainly superior to anything I had attempted. My host's comment was [sic]; "The amount of effort, involved with the water, was not worth the trouble. Furthermore, it is almost impossible to keep dust free!" Hmmm, when was the last time you saw dusty water in a real harbor?

Many modelers ('modellers' for you European readers) in the UK use 'wavy' lucite shower door 'glass' as the 'water' in their larger expanses. I had filed that tidbit away and, after re-viewing the pictures above, am thinking they may be onto something. While my ferry pictures were taken outside on our patio table (smooth side up), there is a striking resemblence to water with the 'rippled' glass. One could use the 'smooth side' of the glass up for ease of cleaning; or turn it over ('ripple side' up) to show water surface definition. Furthermore, you could cut the lucite to fit the hull of whatever watercraft was present and the 'waves' would accentuate the idea that the hull was immersed within the medium. Really all that seems needed is an appropriate, painted surface under the lucite. This is something else for yours truly to ponder whist building the Monks Island Railway 2.0 (another 'gem' gleaned from the pages of Railway Modelling magazine...my all time favorite).

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