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Allagash video - comments, please!

Okay, to those of you who have the new video - what do you think of it? Any questions, comments, or other feedback? Anything more you would like to see from Mr. Confalone?

Joe Fugate
Publisher, Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine

Joe Fugate's HO Siskiyou Line

Great Video

Joe,

I am about halfway through, and already have a bunch of techniques I want to use on my own layout!!

One note, on the version I downloaded (8 APR), I noticed some typos on the summary screen write ups (my pet peeve, I know!).  Not sure if this was fixed in subsequent releases.  I am guilty of these as well sometimes when I rush a document, but something to look out for in the future.  Heck, I'll proofread your next release if I can get an advance copy to keep!! :-)

Anyway, GREAT video, and PLEASE keep them coming!  Hats off to Mike!!

 

Another satisfied customer,

Joe B.

Hi,   Just as the poster

Hi,

 

Just as the poster above I've seen about half of the video, so my view might change later. Anyways, I think the video is really good both from a technical point of view and a presenter point of view. I think that he makes it very clear as what he is doing all the time and what effect he is after. I also like that, just as in your he chooses to use not the model railroading special material but rather uses stuff that is much cheaper and available in hardware stores. For example using the spackle rather then (sponsor?) stuff from for example W.S which cost ten times as much. I think the whole video is very promising and I certainly look forward to the next release.

I do have one negative comment, but that is my only one. For me it would be better if certain parts where shortened. Basically I do not want or need to watch 5 minutes of mixing paint and Celluclay. Please not that the 5 minutes might be way of but I do hope you get my point. It's good to see how to mix it, but we don't have to follow the entire procedure. The same goes for filling in the asphalt, it can be shortened and still remain as informative, if not more. Having said that, I REALLY enjoyed the video and I certainly hope that my thoughts are seen as my own personal preferences.

 

Besides that something I must ad is how great the download worked and the price. Living in Sweden being able to get the product on my computer in full HD within a few minutes rather then having to wait for a much more expensive DVD is GREAT. I also like the fact that the price is so low. Often you see the download version costing as much as the DVD release which always strikes me as odd.

 

Anyways, GREAT video and keep them coming. 

Magnus

 

That's why they invented...........

.........the FF button!  Awaiting mine in the mail..............

Peter

Nice job!

I just finished all 12 chapters and really liked it.  I remember seeing Mike's railroad in a past MR Planning issue (I think the focus was on modeling the 5th season) and again in the 2010 GMR.  I was glad to see how he made those dirty snow piles.  I couldn't picture what the heck kind of white styrofoam was being used until I saw it in the video.  That's a very convincing technique!

I kind of felt the same way about the "mixing" segment being too long, but on many how-to videos I've had the opposite problem where not enough is shown.  Given the choice, I'll take more rather than less any day.  

I was hoping to see some of the other areas of the layout--even just establishing shots.  Also a trackplan.  I always like to see how people situate their layouts into the space available.  He's got some great pine trees in other areas of the layout and I wish we'd have been able to see how he made those.


I've got several questions (if Mike happens to read this):

-Is Celluclay the same basic material as Sculpt-a-mold?  What are the differences?
-With your trees, do you have any pictures of those weeds in the wild?
-Have you found a source for larger pieces of green floral foam or do you use the blocks (like at Michaels)?
-Is there a reason you laid the track directly onto the plywood without cork roadbed or Homasote or other material?
-From start to finish, how long did it take you to build the scene and shoot the video?

And finally, a technical question--did you have a crew shooting along with you or did you set the camera on a tripod and just have at it??

All in all, I think the video was great.  I enjoy watching how other people work and for the price, you can't beat it!

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Quick download, just started watching

I set a reminder for April 9th so I would download this as I am a big fan of Mike's modeling. His previous layout was similar in setting to mine (Lamoille Valley) and his scenery has always looked great, so I was anxious to get this video and see Mike in action.

I have to say the download times were pretty quick. I thought I read on this site beforehand that I would be looking at hours to download the HD format. All 12 parts only took me maybe 1 hour. It was easy to then drag them into iTunes and sync them to my iPhone and iPad. Now I can watch on my MacBook or either portable device when I want to. Handy to have in the layout room.

Once I finish the video I may post more comments. But so far it is real good and real informative.

I would look forward to seeing more of Mike's layout including some overall views. I know he is still building so it would not be a full layout visit video, but a few minutes showing the overall layout space and how the layout fits into that space would be cool. It would be interesting to see some video of Mike's Op Session (or a simulated one) to see how he is doing paperwork, how he deploys operators and see some typical trains in action.

Thanks to MRH for making the video available as a download (and in HD) as I much prefer that now instead to DVDs.

Mike McNamara

Delran, NJ

Thanks for the feedback

Thanks for the positive feedback Bill, Mike and everyone. I'm glad the final product has met expectations. Please continue to provide feedback, both positive and critical so I can improve on future MRH projects. 

Bill, some specifics for you.

Is Celluclay the same basic material as Sculpt-a-mold?  What are the differences?

Celluclay is different than Sculptamold. They are similar in practical use, but I prefer the Celluclay because of the ease at which it takes paint. Just a little brown latex paint mixed in with the nuetral-gray Celluclay yields a nice mud-colored medium vs. the stark white of Sculptamold. I never liked the "feel" of Sculptamold. 
 

With your trees, do you have any pictures of those weeds in the wild?

I don't, but can certainly shoot a pic next time I'm out picking (later this month). just email me a reminder and I'll send it over.


Have you found a source for larger pieces of green floral foam or do you use the blocks (like at Michaels)

I purchased some wholesale from a friend who worked in the floral industry, but the dimensions were similar to the stuff that you can get at the craft store.


Is there a reason you laid the track directly onto the plywood without cork roadbed or Homasote or other material?

Typically in a papermill or other industrial setting, there isn't much, if any roadbed. In some cases, the track is stuck in the mud or dirt/debris. Just some dirt/gravel brushed on looks a whole lot more realistic, for THIS type of setting. All of my mainline track has cork roadbed. 


From start to finish, how long did it take you to build the scene and shoot the video?

Better part of a month or perhaps a bit longer. I lost track after the third week!

And finally, a technical question--did you have a crew shooting along with you or did you set the camera on a tripod and just have at it??

Just me, myself and I.

Hope this helps. More questions, let me know.

 

Mike Confalone

More Allagash to come

Thanks Mike. Thanks for keeping my old friend the Lamoille Valley alive!

The Allagash has really just been introduced with the recent Model Railroad Planning article.That barely scratches the surface. There is major expansion going on, both scenickly and operationally.

Stay tuned to future (this summer!) issues of MRH for a major feature on the Allagash, and for other projects that are in the works that will feature the railroad from an up-close-and-personal perspective. 

Mike Confalone

 

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Great content, but could be better audio

I love the content; however, a lapel mic would have greatly improved the audio.  Such a mic can be purchased for around $25.00.

I have this one and it works great!

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-ATR-3350-Omnidirectional-Condenser-...

Rick

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Agreed on the audio

Rick:

You're right on with the audio. We've already been talking with Mike about how to improve the audio for future projects.

This was originally to be supplemental video for his article but it kind of got out of hand - in a good way! Mike's video was so informative that even with the minor technical issues we felt putting the almost 3 hours of content to DVD and downloadable would be most helpful.

Mike's got a lot in the works on his layout and this first project with MRH has shown he has a lot of useful things he can share with the rest of us. Here at MRH, we're hoping you all find Mike's material useful and would like to see more Mike Confalone in the future.

If you agree this material is helpful, then we're prepared to do more projects like this in the months ahead. It all depends on the response we get!

Joe Fugate
Publisher, Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine

Joe Fugate's HO Siskiyou Line


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