Page 13 of 13

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:30 pm
by IFHP
Mountain Highway Circa 1963

ImageBackground Paintings of Mt Rainier by Papa Dick by Michael, on Flickr

Papa Dick is a local painter in his 70's who has produced a large inventory of landscape paintings that he is selling for $10 a piece. I bought two this weekend and I am happy with the effect. This series was a trial run with using these paintings as a backdrop.

ImageBackground Paintings of Mt Rainier by Papa Dick by Michael, on Flickr

ImageMountain Highway circa 1963 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageMountain Highway circa 1963 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageMountain Highway circa 1963 by Michael, on Flickr

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:34 pm
by IFHP

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:52 am
by GBOAC002
A nice change for you from cityscapes. Beautifully painted backdrops.

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:15 am
by Tom
Great idea, nice pictures!

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:22 am
by JSB33
That '57 Ford sure likes to have its picture taken, it really shines n the shadow of the mountain.

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:42 pm
by IFHP
ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

The theme to this diorama is a Autumn outing for a mythical Cologne V4 and V6 Owner's Club.

This is the first detailed diorama I have done since I bought my most recent camera -- a Canon Power Shot ELPH 180 and I must say that it's reluctance to focus on small items is noticeably worse that the previous ELPHs I've had. It isn't that it can't focus, it just won't, more than 50% of the time.

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

The star of the event in the original car to use the Cologne engine -- the 1962 Mustang . Only two were made and I think only one still exist and is owned by the Henry Ford Museum.

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

Parking was tight.

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:43 pm
by LUW
This one is my favorite!
IFHP wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:42 pm
ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr
Focus looks good for me. Or these are the ones you got right?

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:51 pm
by Tom
Nice atmospheric pictures as usual.

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:19 am
by JSB33
Love that barn. I think this is my favorite setting that you have done.

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:49 am
by IFHP
Thanks all. I didn't do any interior photos of the barn this time, but it works great both inside and out. Here is a photo that I took in 2014.

ImageBarn Full of Classic Fords by Michael, on Flickr

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:51 am
by IFHP
LUW wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:43 pm
This one is my favorite!
IFHP wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:42 pm
ImageCologne V4 and V6 Owners Club Autumn Tour by Michael, on Flickr
Focus looks good for me. Or these are the ones you got right?
Yeah, these are the good one. It's possible to get good photos with this camera, just hard (hit and miss).

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:28 am
by IFHP
This weekend I found some great Dept 56 "Dickens Village" holiday village building at a local thrift store. I've been want some "olde English" type buildings for a while. Here are some shots from fooling around with the new buildings just to see what they look like in photos.

ImageEnglish Village, circa 1960 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageEnglish Village, circa 1960 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageEnglish Village, circa 1960 by Michael, on Flickr

ImageEnglish Village, circa 1960 by Michael, on Flickr

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:20 am
by Tom
Looks great! If I find any half decent 1:43 buildings anywhere, they're coming home with me.

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:11 am
by LUW
And where do you find these buildings? I would love to have a city/village back drop for my shots

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:19 am
by LM24HRS
Michael, these are excellent...........very festive I must say. Who are the building made by?

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:24 am
by IFHP
LUW wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:11 am
And where do you find these buildings? I would love to have a city/village back drop for my shots
Some of the buildings are plastic and are built for O scale model railroad layouts. But the buildings in this most recent diorama are made of ceramic or porcelain, for display in Christmas Village table displays that are somewhat popular in North America and Europe during the Holiday season. Putting them into a diecast diorama is very much an exercise in repurposing. The level of detail on these holiday building varaies greatly and accurate scale is considered unimportant for that market. As nearly as I can tell, O scale model railroads are not popular in Europe (they prefer HO and smaller), so very few European style buildings are made for that purpose, so for that reason these holiday building will have to do.

https://www.department56corner.com/depa ... %20(exact)

And another thing, while these Holiday Village buildings are expensive new, they can found second hand for much less.

For comparison sake here is is street of O scale model railroad buildings compared to a street of ceramic Holiday Village buildings.

ImageDowntown by Michael, on Flickr

ImageHoliday Village 2012 by Michael, on Flickr

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:16 am
by LUW
Well, O scale is our scale after all :geek:. But I haven't seen so far nothing in that scale. Down here if you talk about trains you're basically speaking of HO, so nothing for us.

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:49 am
by Tom
Same here, H0 or N.

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:38 am
by IFHP
LUW wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:16 am
Well, O scale is our scale after all :geek:. But I haven't seen so far nothing in that scale. Down here if you talk about trains you're basically speaking of HO, so nothing for us.
Yeah, I've noticed that too. Almost all O scale (which is technically 1:48) buildings feature North American style architecture. I have seen some O scale kits from Australia. For racing scenes there there are few 1:43 scale slot car buildings.

ImageRecent Arrivals by Michael, on Flickr

Re: Tabletop Village

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:49 am
by LUW
Slot cars! All the ones I've ever seen were 1:32.