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DaVinci1953
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Posted - 10/26/2018 :  10:16:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit DaVinci1953's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ho Bob...I haven't been on here in a long time either. Looks like we're both back.(and looks like I didn't miss much activity by you in that period....:)
I might even have some time to model something myself in the near future!


Lance Russwurm
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Ensign
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Posted - 10/26/2018 :  11:42:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Bob, have you seen this?

http://www.handshouse.org/carving-a-new-sphinx-nose/

Greg



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Artman
Engine Wiper



Posted - 10/26/2018 :  11:31:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit Artman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by railman28

I like the thing-a-ma-gig, a, I mean the Fulcrum Chute Lift Mechanism. Good engineering on that. It came out terrific. The tower is coming out really sharp and super detailed.
I enjoyed your sketching too. Didn't the Egyptians favor long faces?

Bob



Thanks Bob,
After studying the reference photos of the prototype, and adding the details I saw there, into my drawings; I really did not know if it would be possible to make some of this stuff, it was just so tiny!



Robert Wanka
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Artman
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Posted - 10/26/2018 :  11:32:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Artman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DaVinci1953

Ho Bob...I haven't been on here in a long time either. Looks like we're both back.(and looks like I didn't miss much activity by you in that period....:)
I might even have some time to model something myself in the near future!



Good to hear from you Lance. Looking forward to seeing what you end up modeling.


Robert Wanka
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Artman
Engine Wiper



Posted - 10/26/2018 :  11:38:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Artman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ensign

Hey Bob, have you seen this?

http://www.handshouse.org/carving-a-new-sphinx-nose/

Greg



Hi Greg,
Thanks. Yes, I did see this before.

I thought it was surprising that they did not carve the replica missing nose of the Sphinx, size as.

As well, they started working on the smaller version ‘nose’, with the primitive tools believed to be used by the Egyptians back then, but gave it up and finished it with power tools and steel chisels. Then Dr. Lehner (the Egyptologist who commissioned the work), suggested that they could calculate the time and effort it would take to build the entire Sphinx monument based upon what his masons where able to achieve. That struck me as rather odd considering that they abandoned actually carving the nose using authentic carving tools like the ancient Egyptian would have used.

You find a lot of this kind of thing when it comes to how the Egyptians built this or that . . . Theories are made based upon a few drawings left on tombs and temples. Every now and then someone actually tries to replicate one of those tools seen in the drawings but soon find out it is a bloody nightmare working with them.

In our hobby we build things with some simple tools to be sure, but for high precision results you need high precision tools.

Looking at some of the decorative details upon the face of the Sphinx, even in its beat-up state, there is evidence of precision work.

I read a book called ‘Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt’, by Christopher Dunn. I believe it was in that book that he wrote something about it being strange to suppose that the Egyptians who could build incredibly precise/symmetrical, colossal monuments, where unable to build tools to match the sophistication of the artifacts they left behind.


Robert Wanka
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Artman
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Posted - 11/08/2018 :  8:47:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Artman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That Sphinx video is up and can be seen here.
https://youtu.be/tG52cLmcVz8



Robert Wanka
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Edited by - Artman on 11/08/2018 8:51:16 PM

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 11/08/2018 :  10:08:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Cool.

I guess most of us are fascinated by ancient Egypt. My particular interest was in the various step pyramids. Some were quite weird looking compared with the ones familiar to everybody.

Mike



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Artman
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Posted - 01/09/2019 :  6:25:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit Artman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Your right Mike, Ancient Egypt is a hot topic for a lot of people.

Now however, something a little less dramatic but equally interesting to me. Mapping out the Coal Dock diorama floor plan . . .

First I took an areal shot of the Coal Dock


But what I really wanted were 'measurments' after all, I'm looking to create a diorama that's 36 inches by 20 inches.

So I measured the model out and drew it down in N scale (so I could fit the drawing into my scanner).


It was this that I then sized and dropped into a blueprint drawing that I had acquired of the Palmerston Yard. The idea is that I want to model the approximate way the tracks were actually laid out directly in front of the Coal Dock.



Getting the proper scale was the trick. To that end I expanded my view . . .



Now here is a wider view of the Palmerston Yard . . . in where I used the 70 foot turntable as one of two measures in which to determine the coal docks scale. The other one was the 'Track Scale' house that sits in front of the coal station. I'd drawn that up some time ago and interestingly enough the 70 foot turntable and the 7 x 12 foot weight house are pretty close to scale in this blueprint (the Coal Hopper not so much). By the way, I dropped an HO measuring ruler into the blueprint and adjusted it's size by calibrating it with the 70 foot turntable.

Now I have everything scaled, even the track width (which is on my drawing of the coal dock).



By the way, I've already mentioned that the dimensions of the diorama will be 3 feet by 20 inches . . . in the image above, you would be looking at a layout,in HO scale, of 12 feet 7 inches by 6 feet.



Robert Wanka
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Ensign
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Posted - 01/10/2019 :  09:49:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rob, just looking at that whole entire scene gets me excited!!
However I'll calm down and enjoy the 36" x 20" diorama for now.
With the hopes that your diorama will expand into a larger scene that will also include that roundhouse.


Greg Shinnie



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Artman
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Posted - 01/10/2019 :  5:48:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Artman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Greg,

Yes, I've got my eye on that roundhouse as well . . . been doing some exploratory drawings.

Here is a drawing just completed of that freight shed door we saw in Tavistock. Note the horseshoe over the door . . .




Robert Wanka
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Ensign
Fireman

Posted - 01/10/2019 :  5:58:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rob, that drawing looks excellent!
You should show the original, so that others can see how well you captured it.


Greg



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Artman
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Posted - 01/10/2019 :  7:08:05 PM  Show Profile  Visit Artman's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Here it is.





Robert Wanka
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Terrell
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Posted - 01/10/2019 :  7:16:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The horseshoe is turned the wrong way. All of the luck will run out.

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Artman
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Posted - 01/10/2019 :  9:31:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Artman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi Terrell,
Funny thing you should bring that up,

Lance (DaVinci1953) was with Greg and I when I took that photograph and we saw the second door still bearing its Horseshoe over the lintel. Lance said he got raked over the coals for modeling a shed with the shoe facing as I drew it. Of course he took it all in good fun.

Here is that door . . .


The shoe was missing on the door that I drew, but you can still make out the faint outline of it on the wood. It's facing in the same way as the picture above.

I'm not doubting the logic of the shoe collecting luck scenario, but here is another one that might explain the shoe as seen over these doors; the Horseshoe stands for good luck and that luck is pouring down onto the hard working men going in and out of the freight shed (working for the Man) .


Robert Wanka
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Artman
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Posted - 01/15/2019 :  7:17:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit Artman's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm interested in what you guys know about the minimum distance between the rails in a freight yard.

While fiddling with the scale of my Palmerston Yard; I measured a minimum distance of 6 feet between two rails, but man, that's tight!

So I set things up here . . .



6 feet would not let this man walk between the cars without standing sideways . . . so I re-calibrated to 8 feet between the rails and this seems to work.

I wonder if the minimum distance had as much to do with being able to have a man walk between the cars as it did in avoiding cars clipping each other.

Anyway, just wondering if distances were arbitrary, what say you?


Robert Wanka
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Edited by - Artman on 01/15/2019 7:19:09 PM

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