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#41 KHamilton

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:10 PM

I just ran across this thread and wanted to jump in with a few comments about the diorama book.....

As Chuck Doan said, it's a "pre-internet", entry-level diorama book that's now 10-years old (a lifetime by internet standards). As I look through it now, much of the information looks really dated and if I were going to update book, most of what's in there wouldn't make the new cut. I'm glad, though, that some of you are still able to get ideas from it.
Happy Building,
Ken Hamilton

PS: Don't blame me for the ridiculously high prices. I wouldn't spend that much for it either.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:42 PM

Hi Ken , since specialty press have recently released the other classics like pat covert's,bill coulter's and terry jessee's work, could you speak to them or give the go ahead if necessary, to release your book(s) as well ?

pre internet or not ...it's a classic and informative part of the hobby

Edited by scalenut, 27 December 2011 - 01:44 PM.


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Posted 27 December 2011 - 03:08 PM

Ken,

Thanks for chiming in on this. I appreciate it.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:07 PM

Cranky posted a couple of in-progress photos of the Playland Arcade diorama back on page 2.
Since they were taken, I finished the brick gutter and the asphalt (plaster) pavement:

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The whole in-progress series of photos is in this Fotki album:

http://public.fotki....d_penny_arcade/

Thanks for looking.
Ken

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 05:34 AM

Ken.......

If you have read this whole thread, you may have come across my comments about your book. Whatever I said about the basic entry level content.... as related to the prices now being asked on Ebay, I hope you weren't offended. From your recent input, you have certainly indicated the reasons, and a similar feeling to those that I expressed. I regret that I omitted to clarify that, as an introduction to diarama building, it does cover a lot of ground and ideas for entry level builders in a very positive and helpful way.

As I stated, I keep my copy beside my "television watching chair" and frequently flip through it when the commercials come on.

The other thing I omitted to add was the level and quality of the diaramas that you produce. They are definitely an inspiration, both in quality, presentation and construction. That is why I still refer to ideas in it today, even having owned it since it was first published.

But those Ebay prices (that are not of your doing). That I still can't justify.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 06:30 AM

No offense taken, Tony. Advances in building methods over the last 10+ years, and the rapid fllow of that information over the internet, has indeed made much of the book's information obsolete, so I can't blame anybody who's disappointed after spending a ton of money to get a copy.
Thanks for the kind words...........
Ken

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:12 PM

Ken Hamilton's dioramas: timeless.

Ken Hamilton's MSG dioramas: priceless.

Long live Ken Hamilton's imagination.



PS: I heard he was contemplating a new MSG diorama but couldn't afford enough 'modeling material!'


LOL. I crack me up. :lol:

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:14 PM

LOL. I crack me up. :lol:


Well, somebody has to...

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 04:35 PM

:huh:

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 05:06 PM

Ken - I just thumbed through your Fotki album. I have more than a book's worth of questions. Outstanding work. I really like the mirror trick for the inside of the building.

I am completely new to diorama building but I am going to start my first attempt soon - looking at your photos will certainly help.

Thanks for joining this thread and sharing your input.

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 06:36 PM

No offense taken, Tony. Advances in building methods over the last 10+ years, and the rapid fllow of that information over the internet, has indeed made much of the book's information obsolete, so I can't blame anybody who's disappointed after spending a ton of money to get a copy.
Thanks for the kind words...........
Ken

Just my 2 cents...I paid out the butt for it, oh well, I still think it's a credible info stash. My wife and I both talked to Ken, what a great guy!! We've been diggin your builds for a long time now. I still gotta get a soldering gun to build my dang shopping cart!!!!! Any more cool things like that comming??? :huh:

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:07 AM

Ken will you be comming out with a NEW book?????

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:23 AM

Derrick: Thanks. I've got some new things planned, but haven't had much time to get them up and running. Stay tuned.....
Tom: Not right now, but I might do an E-Book down the road. Lately I'm having too much fun BUILDING!

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:54 PM

Hey Ken, does Mr. Haught know you are over here? I'm telling. ;)

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 01:28 PM

Com'on, Neil......we go back a long way. You can't rat me out.


(.......CAN you?......Posted Image.......)

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 02:01 PM

Ok, I'll keep my mouth shut.

Love those arcade games you are building.

I haven't worked up to buildings and arcade games, I'm still building cars. Working on a little C/Altered right now.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:36 PM

For those looking for a copy of this book, Amazon lists a few for around $40:

http://www.amazon.co...&condition=used

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:57 AM

Thanks, Casey! Those are great prices!

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 10:38 AM

Beat me to it Casey ;)

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:19 AM

Just found.

http://www.ebay.de/i...ME:B:SS:DE:1123

Harald