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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 10:46 PM UTC
Remember , now that you're officially as old as dirt , ...... yer still not innit yet !!!
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 05:47 PM UTC
Happy Birthday!!! 🔊 🎶🎶🎶 🎶 🎶... 🎂🎈🎉 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

—mike
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 02:33 PM UTC
Cheers
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 02:28 AM UTC
Thanks Jerry, Glenn, Robert Jan, Dave & Henri-Pierre for your kind words, always much appreciated. I’ll be raising more than one glass to y’all this weekend, count ‘em! no I'm not driving
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 07:04 PM UTC


You're most welcome Tim. I'm glad I could bring a few little bricks to a BIG building.

H.P.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 02:05 PM UTC
Absolutely beautiful Tim, Happy Birthday bruddah!
I've gone over the fotos again and again and wish only to say
Thank You for this! Greatly appreciate your level of craftsmanship.

Cheers
Regards Dave
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 01:53 AM UTC
This is maybe about the project’s half-way mark & I’ll be another year younger on Sunday so….PAAAAAAAARTY-TIME
Well here you are Tim. Never seen this before. Absolutely Fabulous. Really love the pictures with the kids.
This a true marker in Tram modeling 1/35 scale. Enjoy and make it a good one the coming year. The party starts?
Will keep following your adventures, youtube links and humor that I really appreciate. My modeling is on a hold. Work is over the top at this time of the season. Will last a while so I think September / October I'm back at the bench.

kind regards,

Robert Jan
cheyenne
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 01:41 AM UTC
Yeah , Happy B - Day man !!!
Excellent photos !!!
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 01:21 AM UTC
First off-happy birthday man!
An impressive body of work there. Nice! A couple of those pics you have just the perfect combo of model,angle and lighting resulting in an image that could easily fool the eye into thinking it was a real tram/trams!
Just mind blowing stuff Tim,
J
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Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 02:27 PM UTC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSosQRiXiPw































…and that’s what 1,200+ hours of model-making looks like.

But not quite all those hours were mine – many thanks to Mike Freeman (trailer brake-wheels), Alistair Gilmour (trailer window frames, various sundry materials, shiraz…), Geoff Langridge at Custom Hobby Decals, and my wife Susie for condoning this madness….

Not forgetting the additional research & clue-finding - see earlier pages of this thread, thank you all and special thanks to Henri-Pierre (Frenchy) for so many useful extra images & digging, and Agent Vida for going where no images of the trailer’s interior existed. I’m also grateful for some behind-the-scenes help from Marian (guni-kid) & Zdenka, & Agent Dasha…and of course thanks to everyone for posting invariably supportive & constructive comments including the most recent ones, keeping me (and the trams) on the rails.

This is maybe about the project’s half-way mark & I’ll be another year younger on Sunday so….PAAAAAAAARTY-TIME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqdNcAjj9p4

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Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 04:30 AM UTC
Brilliant work Tim, a real treat for us to follow.
(the humor's spot on as well!)

Cheers
Dave
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 03:10 AM UTC

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I imagine you & all constructors know how the longer a project runs the more tunnel-vision sets in to the point where ALL you see are the things that are wrong.


Oh yeah, tunnel-vision... it can be a be-atch when you’re the one painting the tunnel!
Looks perfectly fine from the Roadrunner’s perspective though.🚇

Cheers!🍺
—mike
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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 02:28 AM UTC
Looks fantastic man. I think you are just too"on top of it" to be capable of objectivity right now. I think us looking in see this as what it is....a fantastic piece of the modeling art.
J
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Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 - 11:41 PM UTC
I honestly think you're selling short, but we often are our hardest critics.

a year's project with this much detail and accuracy is no small feet (sic), so as you reboot (!!!) for the next round, please enjoy your accomplishment.
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Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 - 11:14 PM UTC
Thanks Glenn hah visions, delusions probably more accurate. I imagine you & all constructors know how the longer a project runs the more tunnel-vision sets in to the point where ALL you see are the things that are wrong. For example: the guy in the 2nd shot above – buttons way over-size but I’ve left them because he’ll only be seen boarding & his front won’t be visible…but I’ve since painted his pocket handkerchief. Me – logical? Mini-Art’s attempt at the raincoat over his arm was a slab of formless plastic so I made a replacement from tissue. Since taking that photo I’ve also re-painted his suit & re-done his hair, it was a badly-chosen replacement head (because the original’s reserved for Heydrich figures) and even from the back look weird.

I’ve just repainted most of the faces too with marginal improvements, & dealt with a bunch of issues with the trams which I’d thought needed no further work. In the process two towing arms, a section of upper-storey glazing AND the central vertical handrails assembly AND the power arm on T2, a window-frame section in T1, and chassis members under the trailer, all fell off.

And then there’s the numbers/lettering decals - the set you’ll see applied are the 2nd iteration which are OK…from a distance. Geoff at Custom Hobby Decals did the best he could with what I provided, and hero that he is he’s (unexpectedly) test-printing a 3rd set. If successful I’ll have the um interesting task of removing the current set which were applied with Mr Mark Setter & Softer, so wish me luck with that.

But back to your question – no I honestly didn’t think I’d get as close to reasonable representations of the trams as I think I have & my confidence declined the more I got into it. I gave myself 6 months and it took double. But somehow – in no small part thanks to your & others’ encouragement – they're finished with a personal score of about 75%. However there’s a Prague tram geek out there somewhere who’s always been in the back of my mind, who’ll probably give me 40% at best when he sees the next batch of photos. In the end hopefully most who see them aren’t tram geeks and aren’t comparing them to multiple photos of the real thing with a magnifying glass.

Whatever the imperfections (plenty) I know I stretched my modest modelling skills beyond previous limits and I can’t do any better. I’m not yet sure how much I enjoyed it, I’m just relieved I can imminently take a break and re-charge for the next phase
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Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 - 09:38 PM UTC
Really friggin cool Tim , that last shot looks very real . Major kudos Brodude , in retrospect when you started this journey did you have visions of where you are now ? You've done an amazing job and it shows !!!
The tram marm checking fares and id's is also a nice touch . Speaking of id's , my neighbor David and I walked up the street to our hometown bar to watch some preseason football . Well David went and lost his id , so now he's just Dav ........
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Posted: Friday, August 09, 2019 - 02:02 PM UTC








Out-takes from The Great Escape? I was trying out interior shots outside mid-week before the decals arrived – only these few out of 30+ worth showing, the problem’s always multiple reflections & I don’t think I’ve got enough patience left to selectively remove/replace window panes to get the shot(s) ...actually I have NO patience left right now.

OK so it’s winter Down Under but I wasn’t expecting 1 meter dumps of snow across the imaginatively named Snowy Mountains, with associated Antarctic blasts gusting 50 - 75 kph right up to Sydney & across the set (i.e. my balcony) for 3 days straight. The trams are now finally ready for their close-ups but I can’t risk them ending up like this*…



…so there’ll be no daylight photography for a couple more days until I get some better meteorology.

*Boiler explosion near Oslo 1893, crews escaped without injury…and maybe bought lottery tickets
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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2019 - 10:15 PM UTC
Thanks guys, just an unscheduled practice photo session until I can present all trams in their final state with numbers etc., hopefully sometime this coming week. Those cobbled bases are unlikely to figure in the final dio & the power poles are an un-authentic invention but they’ll do for now. If my mega-railroad layout mate Alistair’s reaction today inspecting the three sisters is anything to go by, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed so watch this space. (PS thanks southpier for the Babylon Berlin mention, totally passed me by until now - the Netflix trailers indicate it warrants ahem close attention – naturally enough seeing as my BA thesis was on John Heartfield & his brilliant photomontages in Berlin & Prague during the 1930s)
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Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2019 - 10:32 AM UTC
Great photo snaps, Tim! 📸

—mike
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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 01:23 AM UTC
can we post links to "mature subject matter"?

Babylon Berlin has some great scenes which echo this era, but they are not for children or those viewing on their work computers*

*when you should be working!
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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 01:12 AM UTC
I agree! Brilliant photography. And of course,the usual Tim chucklefest.
J
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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 11:01 PM UTC
Very cool scratch job on the coat of arms Tim !!
The twilight photos are very , very cool !!!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 03:59 PM UTC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO5iE8qTqtU











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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 02:24 AM UTC
A simple but elegant solution!
J
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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 02:03 AM UTC
Get to the platform all.
https://youtu.be/w83U4Q0e2WQ

Jah man.