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    I spent the last few days on vacation in Tampa, Fl.

    While there I was able to visit three layouts and the Sun Coast Center for Fine Scale Modeling.

    A big thank you to Frank Palmer, Dave Revelia and Jon Addison for taking time to open the Sun Coast Center for us to visit.

    Another big thank you to John Addison and Mike Engler for setting up the visits to the layouts.

    And one more thank you to Jim Gore, Steve Kibort and Ted Van Pelt for opening their homes to us.

    I've got about 200 pics to post and I'm not going to post them all at the same time.

    It takes time to process them and I'll post a batch every day.

    Might take three to five days to get them all up so stop back periodically to see the new ones.

    I'll start by posting one picture from each place we visited.

    I'll post more tonight.

    First stop was Jim Gore's On30 layout.

    Next was Steve Kibort's N scale layout.

    Our third stop on Tuesday night was Ted Van Pelt's Sn3 layout.

    On Wednesday afternoon we visited the Sun Coast Center.

    This is a section of the Sundance Central I hadn't seen before.

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    Rick,your off to a great start!

    Thanks, for this first batch of very nice photo's.

    Only 196 more photo's to go!

    Greg Shinnie


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      Thanks Rick , looking forward to more pics.



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        A grateful thank you to you Rick for sharing your visit of pictures for us to enjoy.

        Louis L&R Western Railroad
        Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


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          Rick sounds like you had a great time. Great pictures so far.

          "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln


          • #6
            Think I'm going to enjoy this thread

            Looking forward to this bunch of holiday snaps Rick!


            Dan Pickard


            • #7
              Great stuff Rick. Great modeling and your photo taking skills always combine to make a special treat. I can't wait to see more.


              • #8
                Looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for sharing!


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                  Thanks guys.

                  Hope I can live up to the expectations.

                  I'll start with the first layout Mike and I visited.

                  This layout was built by Jim Gore.

                  Wish I could remember the name of the layout.

                  If anyone knows, please let us know.

                  Jim recently received his MMR certificate from the NMRA.

                  He's been doing a lot of work with paper models and there are a few on the layout.


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                        Rick,in your first photo of this second batch,the one showing that smartly modeled adobe structure in it.

                        There is a figure climbing the hill in front of this adobe building,while the train blurs past him.

                        It makes him look like he's floating in the air above the train, as it passes under him.

                        Did you notice that?

                        Greg Shinnie


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                          He's one of the famous flying Sortiz brothers!!!

                          Thanks Rick.

                          "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln


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                            I just had two really bad days, which I hope never happens again, but all good last night and now Rick starts to post some great pics to make today even better.

                            I really gotta get across to the East Coast one day, but in the meantime looking forward to the forthcoming "Happy Snappy's " from Rick.

                            and thanks to the creators of these layouts, sharing their work

                            Thanks mate...... :up:
                            " Stay Motivated in Life "



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                              Greg, I noticed it.

                              Moving trains are one of my banes when taking layout pictures.

                              Funky layout lights with odd color temps mixed with daylight making it hard to the white balance right is another bane.

                              Mario, sorry to hear about your bad days.

                              Hope all is well now.