16th Feb 2018
For the past month I've been very busy designing and building the Mine Shaft tutorial video.
It's full of intricate details like the support beams and LED lighting which needs to be repeated over and over which is why this project is taking quite a while to complete.
As of today I've completed most of the intricate work and I can now focus on the main scenery that will model the surface of the mine.
It's one of the longest projects I've tackled so far and there is a huge amount of footage that I'll need to watch and edit into a tutorial video.
All together there is currently over 15 hours of footage which is the most footage I've filmed for any one video. For every 1 minute of footage I film there is about 5 minutes of work the is not filmed and that's probably being conservative!
I've spent at least 75 hours on this project so far so it's no wonder this video is taking a while to complete...
The good news is that the end is nearing and once it's finished I'll be posting the YouTube tutorial as soon as possible.
24th Jan 2018
Over the past couple of days I've been pushing the laser cutter to it's limits and trying to gut out some very small and intricate parts.
Something I see a lot of up here in Far North Queensland is lattice fencing, I'm not sure if it's just an Aussie thing but it seems to be everywhere.
The laser cutter handled this with easy! it was cut in two parts, a front and a back section that get pressed together.
For more information on making this cool design and what I did to prepare and weather it to look like an old lattice panel you can click on the following link:
You can also follow that same link to download the FREE laser cutting file and have a go at making one yourself.
14th Jan 2018
The next video is underway, I was inspired by one of my patrons who is creating a hanging diorama of Ramses the 1st tomb to push forward the filming of a video I've had on the back burner for some time!
Basically it's a diorama that shows a cross section of an old gold mine, it's as if the earth has been cut away revealing the internal structure of the mine. It's not a quick and easy build because I'm planning to line all the interior walls with plaster castings and rocks as well as include all the support beams and interior lighting.
I've done a couple of test pieces trying out different techniques and I'm quickly narrowing in on an easy to follow method so hopefully people who are interested can follow along and achieve similar results.
Click here for more info: Working on the mine (blog)
15th Dec 2017
Lately I've been watching some fantastic 'Video Podcasts' from Ken Patterson over on his YouTube channel. A few months ago he started a regular weekly show called 'What's Neat This Week' with a focus on the model railroad industry news as well as sharing all the latest innovations, tips, tricks and techniques related to model railroad and model making in general.
If you're not already subscribed I can highly recommend it, especially if you focus is on model railroads! Ken also hosts the 'What's Neat' videos that get published on the Model-Railroad-Hobbyist YouTube channel which are also a must watch for all of you model train enthusiasts.