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 Posted: Tue Nov 15th, 2016 11:20 am
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Thanks !

More and more pilings added to the wharf of Mara Harbor, minor details added between the layers of paint drying..











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 Posted: Tue Nov 15th, 2016 01:43 pm
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Hi Martin :wave:

The scene is looking great !
Nice work on the pier painting.

I do have a bit of a problem with 1 thing though.

The 'Coal' sign looks totally wrong & far too modern IMO.
I think it is to do with the modern form of the letter 'a' in particular.
Also 'C' in upper case & the 'oal' in lower case doesn't help either.
It just shouldn't be how it is.

Sorry Martin, for my eyes, it's like having a space-capsule on the pier. ;)

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 Posted: Tue Nov 15th, 2016 06:32 pm
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Maybe I should have used only upper cases. On the lettertype, it's based on the Franklin gothic condensed, designed in 1902..



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 Posted: Tue Nov 15th, 2016 06:53 pm
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Hi Martin :wave:

Interesting to know the origin of the typeface.

I personally think, even in all upper-case, it would still look wrong.

In publishing & print, yes, on the side of a building, no.

Your model totally 'suspends my disbelief', if you get what I mean.
The question is...
...is the huge word COAL even needed at all ?
My answer would be, absolutely not.

It focusses the eye, like a heat-seeking missile, on one spot IMO.
Without that single element, the eye is free to roam the scene, as it wishes.

The power of the printed word.
That whole scene, literally just says to me, COAL or rather Coal.
Ask Citizen Kane. ;)

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 Posted: Tue Nov 15th, 2016 07:12 pm
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Si, guess you're right in this one. Maybe I do have this Americans like big letters to much in mind..



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Wow, amazing work!
What is the sign structure at the end of the pier?
Si. wrote:
The 'Coal' sign looks totally wrong & far too modern IMO.
I think it is to do with the modern form of the letter 'a' in particular.

sans-serif typefaces do look more modern to the contemporary eye, but they do indeed go back to before 1900.
That said, serif typefaces were clearly used more often before the more cleaned-up variants of san-serif typefaces stemming from the German Bauhaus style school that caught on later.
I went through commercial art school (back in the late 80s, when you had to hand-render all your lettering) with a teacher who loved talking about the history of typefaces. Helvetica is a very common typeface I see on model railroad layouts because it's an easy one to find in rub-off transfers for people who don't stop and do their research. It's a modified version of a German/Swiss typeface from the 19th century, but didn't exist until well after WW2 was over.
needless to say, I pick up on typefaces easily on layouts.



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Dear Martin, :bow:
Your work is an inspiration for me, and I have to thank you therefore! The most time it take my breath away, and when I sit with a stupid expression in my face before my laptop screen my wife know, I look the pics of your work. I am at in Utrecht 2017 and maybe we see us there! It would be a honour to shake hands with you!
I really love it! :thumb::thumb::2t: 
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 Posted: Wed Dec 14th, 2016 04:18 pm
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Thanks Thorsten, and yes I'm at the OntraXS! show in Utrecht. Would be a pleasure to meet you..



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I saw your layout at the Warley Model Railway Exhibition and it was really impressive. You were busy elsewhere when I called otherwise you would have had a hand-shake from me too! :bow:

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Thanks !

Fooling around with Lightroom CC, found some old pictures....













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