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Leaving for the Warley show in Birmingham in 3 weeks I still have some unfinished things, Working on some detail thingies, figure painting and some additional weathering of the buildings. Can't say for shure I will be completely finished but it starts to look ok to me..









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Hi Martin.

No 'serious trouble' with Mara Harbour (pt.I)

Everything can be viewed & linked to as normal.

Just no further Posts can be added, hence this pt.II

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I love everything about this, but the scenery is quite impressive. I love the weeds and undergrowth.
Do you have any tips for how others can get similar results?

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Hi Guys

Martin has 21-Pages, over in the 'Scenery' Forum, on weed growth ;)

'Martins Greenery'
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=4577&forum_id=9

You'd just love my garden Martin...
...I can't get the weedkiller down fast enough !

:moose:

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Milocomarty wrote:
... but it starts to look ok to me..

Hi Martin,
If this is "ONLY STARTING" to look OK then I'd probably despair at seeing your "looking good" or "looking excellent" will look like. You have the eye of a true artist.

Mara Harbour is truly inspirational. Hopefully one of these days Mara Harbour and myself might be the same part of the world.

Good Luck with your next show at Warley,

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Thanks !!

Spend almost this entire Sunday painting pilings, more additions to the wharf. To speed up the proces it's acrylics only today..Inbetween I shot around 17 pictures of every step to write a SBS. Let them dry now for a day to add more weathering with enamels.

from this..



to this in a day..



and a bunch more..

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Reworked the retaining walls,spraypainted with an airbrush and Ammo acrylics, just light coats. Glued the pilings in place and shot some pictures so you get an idea of the final scene in this corner. Think I'll add some additional enamel weathering tommorow..





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That looks great Martin!  Some weathering to tie it all together and the results will no doubt be fantastic!

--James:thumb:

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Thanks !!


Got a little work done on the layout, needed a bunch of signs and so. Added some painted signs and metal ones. The metal ones just ordinary pieces of printed papers rusted with various acrylic colors and pigment. For the painted sign I used a self adhesive paper sticker sheet. Printed and cut out as a mask. Airbrushed the color on. Worked pretty good for me but maybe I use some of this washable acrylics to fade them the next time..





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Very nice work!

Inspiring

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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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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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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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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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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: 
All the best  - Toddy

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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:

Len

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Thanks !

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











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Hi Martin,
Please fool around some more - I can never get enough "Mara Harbor"  :bg:

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Long time no see, busy with the business, some troubles in personal life. My dad passed away lately.
So to get a grip I started modeling a bit more and wil try to do so at least an hour a day..







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Hi Martin.



Sorry to hear the news about your Dad.

People are always missed ... But life goes on.

My Dad would think that modeling must go on & good memories we will always have.



Mara Harbor is looking real nice as usual Martin.

You had some great layouts at the show this year as well ...

... I felt like I had 'almost' visited, thanks to Alwins cool photos he took there.



:cool:



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Thanks Si, sorry to say it was the last show the team and I organized, although it goes on for another edition the museum ditched us...

Slow progress on Mara Harbor, want it completely finished before I do 2 shows at the end of the year I hope. My goal is to get it finished before the 9th Grote Modelspoor Expo in Belgium in October and take it to Walferdange, Luxembourg in November. Also a good test to see what I can do with the new products for Q2. Sorry for the fast iPhone shots.







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Martin,
More amazing model work.
I'm very to sorry to hear about the passing of your father, though.

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Thanks Lee !
In the tree building mood, had a couple of birch armatures to be finished. Wire frames, wood filler for bark, painted with a couple of colors. Foliage different style for me, I normally use a static machine but I still had some old style Silflor H0 scale birch summer. No backdrop yet, the one I use at shows doesn't fit in the attic.











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Very nice detail Martin,it gives me a lot of ideas and inspiration.You do some great modeling........Peter.

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Your work inspires me as well. It all looks so natural ... the coils of rope look like they were just dropped where they are, and all the cobble stones ... are they all hand made/laid?

Excellent work.

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Sometimes I think those of us "blessed" with lots of space miss out on the joys of these small layouts.

The detail here is amazing.  

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Thanks guys! Yes Mack, cobbles are hand pressed in air hardening clay..Reg I dunno if I can count the layout under small. For shows it has an overall lenght of 33' with 26'sceniced..

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Milocomarty wrote: Thanks guys! Yes Mack, cobbles are hand pressed in air hardening clay..Reg I dunno if I can count the layout under small. For shows it has an overall lenght of 33' with 26'sceniced..
At that level of detail!!!???  Wow!   Very impressive.  

I love this stuff!

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Reg H wrote: Sometimes I think those of us "blessed" with lots of space miss out on the joys of these small layouts.



The detail here is amazing.  


I agree with both of Reg's points.
I recently shared photos of my (small) layout with someone on the East Coast who had a massive one, each of us looking for feedback from the other.
Right away, the large layout owner picked up on a level of detail he said he couldn't begin to imagine every obtaining on his own. I marveled at the large expanses on his layout but noticed a distinct lack of details. The reasons in each case are self-evident. 
Frankly, I'd have liked to have a layout at least a little bit bigger than I have, but if it'd what I have or a larger layout with not nearly as much detail, I'd be happier with the smaller layout I have now.
As for the Mara Harbor masterpiece, well, it's one of finest On30 layouts I've ever seen for fine detail.


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