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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2010, 01:59:55 PM »


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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2010, 02:54:14 PM »

In the first of the 2 pics above, the first one gives you an idea of the closest I come with this piece to a front or primary viewing angle.The second pic of the locomotives side will actually will actually be a fake locomotive built for the sound stage.I plan to built only half of the locomotive with the half facing outwards showing the built up structure with all the wooden braces and scaffolding etc...Where you see the piece of tape will be approximately where the empty directors chair will be placed.
The boxcar will actually be the luxury coach belonging to the robber baron Morton, where a lot of the action takes place.On the outside of this car I plan to put a screen about half the cars length long with a phony backdrop of monument valley.
The caboose will actually be where the opening scene takes place and will consist of a passenger car cut in two with a shack built on one end.I also plan cutaways facing outwards, of the insides of the passenger cars.From the inside view everything will look normal as in a real sound stage.
There will be no tender as I want to maintain a good view of the cab with all that  interesting stuff in there.

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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2010, 04:32:16 AM »

The tender is back in ! Like I said this is still an evolving piece.
I figure that it will fit nicely within the 3 foot circle and I can expose the locomotives cab by simply leaving the outside sidewall off.
Remember that this piece is a model of a sound stage with everything on the perimeter showing a behind the scenes look at these models as representations of props used in the making of a film.From the inside where the directors chair is everything appears normal and ready for the actors to walk on stage.

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« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2010, 08:57:59 AM »

This is the instruction booklet from the 30 year old used kit that I will be building in G or 1/24 scale (officially 1/25).I will be using only one side of the model and improvising the rest to look like a movie set sound stage prop.The previous owner had it hanging around and offered it to me for the postage plus a small handling free.An offer I couldn't refuse! It looks like an early version of this kit ,so the detail is strong.As far as I know all the parts are there but I don't mind scratch building if I have to.At least it is a good starting point.The G scale passenger cars I should have by the end of the week ,they to are kits by Bachmann.I plan to do a lot of modifying on the cars and finish them inside and out.Like the locomotive they also will be props,with one side open to viewing.Here is where access to doll house parts and pieces will come in real handy for furniture and a Victorian type setting.I will be taking lots of pics from my DVD of the movie for reference,it can't get any better than that.
The 3 foot circular design is a nice size to work with and my wife is very happy to hear that once the four aircraft museum pieces are gone she can have a lot of our house back again.This old back of mine will also be relived to know that it is the end of the really big ones !

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« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2010, 02:47:52 PM »

Ok the central viewing angle location clears up a lot. Afro

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« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2010, 05:53:08 PM »

For the HO scale mock-up I like this arrangement the best so far,the white circle represents 3 feet in G scale.The plywood circle is the max base width which would bring the whole thing to over 4 ft in diameter,somewhere between these two circles will be the finished product including base.What looks OK in HO scale may not look so good in G,so I will put off the final decision for now.The loco will go on curved track and the other two on straight track.The final placement of the last element, the empty directors chair ,I will decided upon later.
The nice thing about this arrangement is as the diorama slowly turns you will constantly see a prop, as well as a finished image ,constantly changing.
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« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2010, 05:21:44 AM »

This is the actual kit that I am building.It will be a starting point only with lots of changes to make it into a movie prop. I bet Sergio would have loved to have this real old west locomotive on his set.It would have saved him a lot of artistic License. Wink

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« Reply #29 on: August 27, 2010, 05:53:00 AM »

Looks really nice! Afro

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