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Posted by chatanuga on Saturday, December 09, 2017 2:18 PM

Almost forgot my video from 2014 with the old tree I used to have before I switched to my pre-lit LED tree.

I used to call it my Clark Griswold tree.  It was 6-feet tall and had 900 lights.  If the temperatures outside were above 40, in that room it could get into the upper 80s.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Saturday, December 09, 2017 6:53 PM

Oh yes!  My bedroom tree has about 75 c-7's (nite lite size) on it and on a cold winter night it makes a great space heater!  Wink

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, December 11, 2017 10:29 PM

A little tinplate fun!  Big Smile

And Happy Chanukah!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, December 25, 2017 6:40 PM

Santy Claus brought me a new toy.

Nope.  It's not in the photo.  It's the 20 megapixel 720p Sony that took it.  So watch out!  I'm high def now!  Laugh

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Posted by 8ntruck on Monday, December 25, 2017 11:28 PM

Penny - is that a Ford, a Fokker, or a Junkers flying over your layout?

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Posted by dsmith on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 3:51 PM

 My Early Prewar Lionel (1915 - 1924) Standard Gauge No. 33 Engine and O Gauge No. 150.  Transformers are Dongan Electric (Detroit MI) 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 6:30 PM

8ntruck

Penny - is that a Ford, a Fokker, or a Junkers flying over your layout?

 

I've been told it's a "Tante", a Junkers that I removed the armaments from and turned into a Lufthansa plane.

 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 6:34 PM

Milk.  It does a body good.

This is what I do with the teeny tiny blue comet 400e that Hallmark put out as an ornament a few years back.  I made a mini set box and let some standard gauge sized kid play with it.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 8:29 PM

That's a Junkers JU-52, called "Tante Ju" by Lufthansa an Luftwaffe pilots who flew it.

Quite a remarkable airplane, kind of a German DC-3.  There's still some flying today.

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Posted by EIS2 on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 11:33 AM

dsmith

 My Early Prewar Lionel (1915 - 1924) Standard Gauge No. 33 Engine and O Gauge No. 150.  Transformers are Dongan Electric (Detroit MI) 

 

 

Dave,

I always admire your photos.  They are the best.

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Posted by Billwiz on Thursday, December 28, 2017 2:50 PM

The wildest thing happened this year.  I had a simple loop of track with a 2026 pulling three green pullman passenger cars.  On Christmas morning my daughter got a note from Santa saying he hopes that her dad wouldnt mind that he played with the train.  Pullmans gone and replaced with gondolas filled with mints.  Hmm...

 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 7:30 PM

I was playing with my new toy today.

First time I've had a lens large enough to get it all in one photo.

The Sony is much better at "twilight" shots than my Fuji ever was.

There's almost depth to the water.

Even in the fountain.

Skull Rock Cove

Color saturation effects are better too.

I can mess with the depth of field too.

And I have the megapixels now to use just one tiny segment of a much larger photo without losing much sharpness.

And the zoom from accross the room isn't bad either.

My four year old second cousin was over this past Saturday and he called this the "shark tooth tree".  Big Smile  I always thought it was a kite eating tree!  Laugh

I like riding the Jungle Cruise in the evening.  Big Smile

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Posted by rrswede on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 8:19 PM

Becky, what specific model 20 megapixel 720p Sony did you get?

I think your photos have always looked very professional.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 9:10 PM

Thanks!  Big Smile  It's a Sony Cybershot DSC-H300.

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Posted by Major on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 9:10 PM

Here are a few photos from my son's place with some Standard Gauge trains under the tree, His German HO layout and a couple of photos of my S-Scale layout. Trains are everywhere!

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Posted by fifedog on Thursday, January 04, 2018 6:46 AM

Major - 3 very nice pikes.  Your son's German layout is awesome.  He has a fortune in Kibri and Vollmer sitting there.  Thanks for sharing.

PennyT - your work inspires.

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Posted by Major on Thursday, January 04, 2018 7:50 AM

It's a good thing that we never paid full price for any of the German buildings and even got some of them pre build for very little money!

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, January 04, 2018 5:30 PM

Great shots Major, and I see in photo nine "Tante Ju" came for the holidays.

The old girl gets around!

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Posted by Major on Thursday, January 04, 2018 6:02 PM

When in Nuremburg Germany in 2006 at the Zepplin Platz (the place of the Nazi political rallies) My son, wife and I heard the sound of radial engines overhead, We looked up and a JU-52 was flying above us.  Talk about timing!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, January 04, 2018 6:40 PM

Beautiful!  Big SmileThumbs Up

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Posted by Firelock76 on Thursday, January 04, 2018 7:08 PM

Major

When in Nuremburg Germany in 2006 at the Zepplin Platz (the place of the Nazi political rallies) My son, wife and I heard the sound of radial engines overhead, We looked up and a JU-52 was flying above us.  Talk about timing!

 

Lucky guy you!  Lufthansa's pet JU-52 was supposed to stop here in Richmond VA on it's US tour around 20 years ago but never made it, it had some engine trouble somewhere. 

That's all right, I've seen plenty of other historic aircraft in flight, why be greedy?

And if one JU-52 passing overhead is a blast from the past, how about six of them?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-HXz9Sm_x4

Thank goodness there's no fallschirmjaeger dropping out of them! 

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Posted by Jim Hornaday on Monday, January 22, 2018 9:58 AM

Awesome to see the Dr turn up anywhere!!

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Posted by LL675 on Monday, January 22, 2018 4:18 PM
That Ju 52 once belonged to author Martin Cadin. He found it, can't remember off the top of my head....some far off place like South America or maybe Mexico. Restored it, and flew it for many years, and Martin named it Iron Annie. He set several records with wing walkers.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, January 22, 2018 6:26 PM

Jim Hornaday

Awesome to see the Dr turn up anywhere!!

 

Thanks!  Big Smile  Actually, I'm in the process of trying to decide just how crazy I am.  Wink  I have these paper Daleks see, and I'm thinking of allowing them to take down Disneyland....Smile, Wink & Grin

But am I crazy enough to do all that stop motion animation...

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, January 22, 2018 8:22 PM

Whatever you do, just make sure that little home-made Tom Baker is there to stop 'em!

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Posted by Jim Hornaday on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 8:27 AM

If you do, I wanna see it!!!!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:51 PM

Well....I didn't.  Sad  But I may let them destroy Plasticville.  Devil

Here I go marching toward the Matterhorn!

I call this a "people eye" view:

Does Casey see with Ward Kimball's eyes?  Wink

The glue people seem to be having fun:

That's Jupiter "rising" over Pinocchio:

More to come!  Big Smile

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Posted by Penny Trains on Thursday, February 01, 2018 8:42 PM

Part 2, Main Street and Tomorrowland:

These guys need paint!

Too bad they don't really work!

The view at the "hub".

Do you smell something?

 

 

 

FIRE!

During the removal of the Monorail station, the wiring block snagged the thin 20ga wires of the station's lights and shorted out! The result was a few seconds of hair raising and trying to prevent the carpet from catching as the wires got incinerated. I'll have to test the station next year, it's undamaged (as is the carpet, whew!) but it's only 2 14v bulbs which I'll probably replace to stay on the safe side.

More pics to come!

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Posted by Jim Hornaday on Friday, February 02, 2018 9:37 AM

I knew those Daleks would cause trouble!!!  Glad all is well!!

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Posted by Penny Trains on Friday, February 02, 2018 6:53 PM

Yeah!  And they weren't even in the room!  Laugh

Last stop Fantasyland:

And we've arrived at the base of the Matterhorn:

A panoramic look at Disneyland:

And we can do Circlevision too!


That's our walking tour of Disneyland.  Don't you wish you could be an inch and a quarter high for just a couple of hours?  Big Smile

One more thing.  High def cameras pic up things that are invisible to the naked eye:

Like scale sized cobwebs!  Confused

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