Playing with Camera of engines...

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by roryglasgow, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    I was playing with the camera again, so I thought I'd share.

    This is a pic of the new Bachmann USRA 0-6-0 Switcher I got in an Iron Duke train set (half-price sale at Hobby Lobby). This is my first attempt at weathering a locomotive. I don't have an airbrush or chalks, so I attempted to use watered-down acrylic paints. It turned out OK, I guess.

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  2. roryglasgow

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    And here is the Pride of the Fleet, my Bachmann 2-8-0 Consolidation:

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    This is probably my most reliable locomotive:

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  4. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    And, just for laughs, here is the "studio" where I shot the pictures. The backdrop is the back side of an Eckerd's Savings Express train set box. The track is a little shelf diorama I made a long time ago. It's sitting on top of my son's box of crayons.

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  5. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Nice photos and models.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    BTW I like your "studio."
  6. Racharg

    Racharg Member

    Nice shots! I do love the consolidation, it's on my wish list. How does the 0-6-0 run? I've heard mixed reviews about it but was thinking of getting one anyways
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Art imitates life...I love my HO steamers but, like the real ones, they are a maintenance headache and slowly giving way to more (much more, sadly) reliable diesel models. My HOn30 "Galloping Goose" model, built on an Atlas N scale chassis, ran flawlessly for over 16 continuous hours at a show recently, without a hitch. As in real life, my steam is run for shows and showing off, my diesels do the ops. (Sigh) Love the "backdrop":thumb:
  8. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Thanks for the compliments.

    Racharg, I wouldn't rate the Bachmann 0-6-0 as a top performer, but it does alright for the price. Check out my previous post on improving the performance:

    Shaygetz, yeah, it seems to be a sad fact that the worst performing diesels often outperform the best performing steam engines... The main reason that I say that the SW-9 is my most reliable is because it goes backwards almost as well as forwards, and turnouts don't give it any problems. Neither of the steamers like going backwards.

    Actually, though, my best performing loco is my Kato SD80MAC. I got it as a gift. Unfortunately, I don't have much use for such a large locomotive!
  9. Arlaghan

    Arlaghan Member

    Nice locomotives, the weathering is slight and doesn't overpower the model. Good job.

    Your backdrop trick reminds of me when my dad first let me use his 35mm camera as a kid... I would take pictures of flowers and rocks in the yard before I came up with the idea to pose my G.I. Joe figures in front of his acrylic landscape paintings. Pretty fun stuff. :)
  10. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Neat photos with that unusual backdrop and good looking locos Rory. Your weathering turned out fine. I see too many steam locos with too much weathering for my liking. Hostlers have to earn their keep so locos should be reasonably clean.
  11. Cinnibar

    Cinnibar Member

    Good Running Steam

    Roryglasgow, Shaygetz and Racharg,

    Guys, realiable, good running and good pulling steam is HERE! Kato 2-8-2, Bachmann Spectrum 2-8-0, MDC 2-8-0 and now Model Power's 4-6-2 and 2-8-2. I've had many friends run diesels on my layout and I can honestly say that the new generation of steam engines run just as well as Kato and Atlas diesels and in some cases better. I agree that until a few years ago N steam was awful but that has all changed. My layout is set in the 1920's, runs all steam and I hold occasional "official" operating sessions with friends, this was impossible not too many years ago. Steam Rules - Diesels Drool! ;)
  12. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    You're obviously too far north to have experienced holding your nose as a consist of Southern Pacific diesels rumbled by. Whatever made them go belly up, it wasn't their cleaning budget:eek:
  13. Cinnibar

    Cinnibar Member


    Sorry, you guys got me all worked up..................very nice pictures and a clever background set up Roryglasgow.
  14. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Re: Good Running Steam

    B&MC Corporate Representatives Hyram and Billy Joe Ray Bob felt it necessary to travel to Texas in the company pickup truck to "adjust" (usually thru the kneecaps) your passionate convictions concerning diesels. :eek::p ;) :D
  15. Cinnibar

    Cinnibar Member



    Eh-uhm.............the B&MC management would be ill advised to send Hyram and Billy Joe Ray Bob (how many people is that?)down to Alpine. A & T employees have proven to be fiercely loyal to steam.;)
  16. roryglasgow

    roryglasgow Active Member

    Guys, guys...let's not let this get out of hand! We'd be more than happy to show Hyram (aka, Bubba) and Billy Joe Ray Bob (aka, Bubba) the types of locomotives that REAL men drive: STEAM! :D :D :D

    Seriously, diesels are nice, but when it comes down to it, you can almost replace the drivers with a computer nowadays. :cry:

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