Ezdays scratchbuild #1

Discussion in 'Competitions & Challenges' started by ezdays, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. abutt

    abutt Member

    I was afraid the AZ heat had finally gotten to Don.

    Never saw that chapel before. Really beautiful. Wouldn't really fit in my New England setting, but would make a wonderful model, and sure to draw comments.

    Ed. If all goes well will be moving to Torrington at the Torrington Ridge Estates off West Pearl in the Fall. Retirement community with a huge basement!:D
  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    Don looking great from the sound of things you night have been bitten by the scratch building bug :D
  3. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Well, I think I've gone as far as I can on this project. Here are a few shots taken from the air. It's kinda tough to get any ground level shots, but the next time I see a LPB with a camera, I'll see if they don't want to share.:D :D

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  4. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    That is so cool. I want to build one now. Awsome Work Don:thumb: :thumb:

    The rocks and landscaping is sweet and the building is niclty detailed.

    It is perfect, Not to big and not to small. Again Great work:thumb::thumb:
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    That's so cooll!!!!
  6. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    That is really awesome!!! Please give the building it's own narrow beam spotlight...it deserves that much. Imagine a sermon...with an enthusiastic pastor talking about the God's judgement, salvation and the gates of hell while the rumble of 6 BNSF diesels is heard from beneath the feet of the worshippers. That'd make a believer out of you!
  7. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    sign1 sign1 sign1 I like the part about the 6 BNSF engines rumbling by!!
  8. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Yes, FANTASTIC! You're also the first modeler I've seen that actually LANDSCAPES around their buildings! (There definitely is a big missed opportunity there) The plaza witht the potted plants looks very realistic, and I hope to see more of that in the future, and oh, the building is great too! :)
  9. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thanks all, I guess I was devinly inspired. [​IMG]

    Miles, I was simply going by the prototype, there's a large pot on the left, and a smaller one on the right. I also tried to follow the prototype in part with the overhanging walkway. Here's a shot of the actual chapel walkway and here's my rendition.

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  10. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    HOLY SMOKES!!!:eek: jawdrop

    Is that first picture real or part of your layout. I cant tell the differance.
  11. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    Don hard to belive this is your first scratch build :D looking great
  12. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    What? Your first scratch build? Looks like you have been practicing it for years. Absolutely beautiful :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: .
  13. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Hey thanks everyone. I did scratchbuild a bridge a year or so ago, but that was just a few pieces of plastic I-beam, and I did it out of desparations since Wather's had the one I bought on backorder. It showed up a few months later so I'm glad I didn't waitl
    The spotlight is a great idea, but I think the structure stands on it's own at night. Here's a shot I took just as the sun started to rise over the distant hills. The sky is actually my painted background.

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  14. zedob

    zedob Member

    Don, Wow. When I clicked on the link to this thread the last post was the first that showed up and I thought it was a night shot of the real thing. Beuatiful job.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  15. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    X-Cell-Lent Don!
    Great work for your second try at scratchbuilding.....
    Hell...My 100th try doesen't look that good....
  16. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member


    Outstanding work, Don!! When you run out of things to do, I got a scratchbuilding project for you...I need an ol' time (wood) roundhouse for my layout. He, he...

    Again, congratulations.

    Gus (LC&P).
  17. steamhead

    steamhead Active Member

    Another thing. For those of you into scratchbuilding, check out CNW1961's challenge #1 (if you haven't done so, already). That's also some great scratchbuilding!
    (I'd post a link to it, only I don't have faintest idea how to do it...)

    Gus (LC&P).
  18. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Fantastic Don... that night shot is outstanding - really hard to tell the difference! :thumb: :thumb:

    Have you considered sending a photo of your model to the church?

  19. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Don, that is a beautifully done model that does great justice to the original. Excellent work. a labor of love, I think,.
  20. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Thanks again guys, and yes, it was a labor of love. That place has a special attraction for us, no particular reason just that it's such a beautiful area and the chapel is so unique. I was just hoping I could do it justice.

    I got really lucky on the night shot. I did shoot it just as the sun was coming up. No special settings, just used "auto" on the camera. No touch-ups either other than hiding some blue foam at the bottom. The blue sky on the backdrop turned night-time blue which was amazing since it didn't look that way, it was just dark. Cameras are amazing things sometimes. One time it will pick up things you couldn't see and would rather hide, the next time it does something like this. :thumb:

    Sending them a picture is a worthwhile thought. Although many people have photographed and painted pictures of the chapel, I don't know if anyone has modeled it.

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