Old #3 Gets A Makeover
Posted 20 June 2004 - 09:21 AM
Posted 20 June 2004 - 10:13 AM
Sure would have been nice to have coal instead of wood, but I had to work with what I had.
BTW, remember that "ol' #3" was less than a year old during the era I modeled. #'s 4 and 5 were brand spankin' new!
The freight cars could use some weathering, for sure. Was intending to do that...
Posted 20 June 2004 - 10:50 AM
Adding a coal texture from my extensive collection is no problem, but it requires a new shape file as I'm sure you know. As expected, it looks unreal wrapped onto a woodpile shape.
I'll be with houseguests (I have 5 grown kids) most of this day but I'll continue this project when the smoke clears.
I'm still amazed by your stellar .eng file, its linked and superior sounds, and that most wonderful whistle with it's built-in little ending "toots" if you release it at just the right spot in the blow. Two thumbs-up for those little extras from a steam groupie!
All those little nicities make working in Photoshop on the appearance a worthwhile investment to me.
Posted 20 June 2004 - 12:38 PM
The excellent sounds package is the work of Soundmeister Stuart Williamson. I've very fortunate to have been able to include his work. About all I did was a few editing changes to point this there, and that over here, that sort of thing. Stu be da' man!
Posted 20 June 2004 - 10:30 PM
Mike, you are doing a great job from what I can see. There is absolutely nothing wrong in doing what you are doing as far as I can see. I think it is great. I have been thinking of doing something along the same line but for myself only. It really depends upon what you put out at this point. I was thinking of doing some weathering on the packages if I was to make them available for everyone and then perhaps creating my own engine reskins, just something I like to do, as Andre well knows, just for myself. But I will wait for yours to be finished and see. I see nothing wrong with offering a variety of packages for the route. Won't cost anyone anything and they might like one better than another or might want to mix and match them. Actually, I think I would probably prefer to work on the freight cars more myself so maybe I will start on them unless that is in your plans as well.
I just hope Mike that you are having as much fun with this route as I am. Isn't it great?
Posted 21 June 2004 - 06:10 AM
If repainting and/or weathering are things you enjoy doing, knock yourself out.
Enjoyment on the SL&NA route for me is multi-faceted.
- Learning to (properly) operate the engines with their prototypical .eng files is challenging and enjoyable.
- Drinking in the eye candy is enjoyable.
- Learning the ups and downs, twists and turns of the route is challenging and enjoyable.
- Tossing the track monitor and relying on a double-stroke of the F5 HUD is enjoyable.
- Leaning most on the prototypical views from the cab, and watching for track speed signage is enjoyable.
- Blowing the whistle to chase deer is fun.
- Slowly and deliberately reading the well-written .pdf documentation is enjoyable.
Posted 21 June 2004 - 12:14 PM
There goes Tim - tootin' his horn again!
P.S.: It's Pick on Tim week, and it's now only Monday.
Posted 21 June 2004 - 12:15 PM
Mighty fine work, Mike - mighty fine!
Posted 21 June 2004 - 01:32 PM
Posted 21 June 2004 - 08:00 PM
OK, Marc, thank you very much......only Monday. You mean I have the rest of the week to accept this punishment? What did I do to you?
See, everyone, I get no respect around here.
Posted 25 June 2004 - 12:14 PM
Posted 25 June 2004 - 12:23 PM
Compared to the more modern locos, yes, it looks tall and narrow however I believe it is prototypical and accurate. Couple it to the passenger consist and you will see (compared to the photo in the .pdf documentation) it fits the photo. If anything, the cab isn't quite tall enough.
Posted 25 June 2004 - 01:01 PM
Posted 25 June 2004 - 01:24 PM
VERY good Herb! My! The hidden talents. . .
Have to agree with you 100%. It does look better (whatever you did).
Posted 25 June 2004 - 02:04 PM
IT does look good like that. Wonder if John Fowlis would like to do an update to his little 10 wheeler?
Posted 25 June 2004 - 02:32 PM
That would be great if John would agree to modify the original file, with tapered running boards from the cab front out to the narrower boards, but without my double cab windows and scalloped roofline!
Posted 25 June 2004 - 02:51 PM
Posted 25 June 2004 - 02:54 PM