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Author Topic: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei  (Read 35144 times)

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix
« Reply #75 on: January 21, 2013, 10:05:53 PM »
Great stuff Pengy, you're really getting into the building detailing game in a big way, some of the results you're achieving are truly outstanding, well done that girl.  :claphappy:    :claphappy:    :claphappy:

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix
« Reply #76 on: January 21, 2013, 10:09:54 PM »
Great building & lighting Pengy as Mick  says great detailing  you  have a great deal of patience  ;)

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix
« Reply #77 on: January 22, 2013, 07:16:16 AM »
Really great - love innovation and the way you do the interiors  :thumbsup:

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix
« Reply #78 on: January 22, 2013, 07:21:45 AM »
Thank you for your kind comments

This is the second Sankei building

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sankei-MP03-34-Building-B-1-150-N-scale-/200811892909?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item2ec15250ad

These are the parts. I am beginning to enjoy making these kits - I wish they did more office type buildings.



The buff coloured parts have to be glued to the brown coloured parts - must remember to keep my paws clean as my usual trick is to apply unplanned 'weathering' to the building by means of smears of glue! There are lugs on both the brown and buff parts but are in different places so the joins are good - as long as I get them lined up properly.

I have prepared the floors in advance with the LED strips.

I wasted a lot of time on the first building as I was using different LED strips to the ones I've used in the past. These strips had very chunky wires attached (which I am replacing) and had a nice white surface to the strip.

The problem was that I thought I could connect them in series as I do with the strips with the copper coloured surface but it didn't work. I was able to connect it to a single SMD in series and that worked, also a normal LED, but I could not connect two white strips together (or a white and copper coloured strip) by joining the wires. The copper coloured strips connect ok.

The way to connect the white strips was by the pads at the other end of the strip (as in my first photo)

I don't really understand this so if any one has ideas? This meant that the holes in the floor for the wires had to be in different places.





Just one Pendolino, give it to me, a beautiful train, from Italy

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix
« Reply #79 on: January 22, 2013, 11:03:53 AM »
I stand in awe of this stuff!

It's great to see the new LED technology being harnessed properly.

Just checked out NGF having arrived back from NZ. What our Kiwi mates don't realise is the jetlag involved getting across the 'dutch' !!

Woke up Auckland at 3am, now in Wollongong 10pm - equates to 19 hours awake! Forget global travel... worst timelag is across the Tasman Sea!

Back to thread :thumbsup: (albeit sleepy eyed);

Great work.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei
« Reply #80 on: January 25, 2013, 08:37:33 AM »
On to the second of my Sankei buildings

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sankei-MP03-34-Building-B-1-150-N-scale-/200811892909?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item2ec15250ad

This is how the car tints look with the light on them



Construction of the kit requires gluing a brown backing layer to the front. The brown lugs connect with similar lugs on the adjacent wall. There are also lugs that protrude that fit into slots in the roof etc. I find I have needed to trim this lugs to get it to fit flush. This is particularly true of the roof and so I made a roof out of sandpaper over it to prevent the light bleed. I also had a devils own game trying to glue the elevator shaft to the main building as there was a tiny amount of light bleed. So I stuck two thin pieces of card left over from the kit as 'decoration'. I also fitted a roller door to obscure the light bleed through the elevator shaft entrance.



Here is how part of the inside was done. Someone mentionned I have a lot of patience, I don't - these interiors were quick to do. The bench seats in the training room were just two bits of Fab Foam stuck together. I use foam core to make room dividers etc. I have sheets of office interiors printed onto labels and then stuck to foam core.  The peeps are stick onto Blu-Tack which I have glued as well. I had not put enough wire on the lights to get them to the front of the building but as the windows are small and are tinted I was happy enough with the more shadowy effect.



Completed building (minus signs and the pavement has not been fully fitted)



The building is lit



View through the windows to the training room



The library at the end of the building





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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei
« Reply #81 on: January 25, 2013, 10:51:15 AM »
Hi Pengy,   

Great work as ever  i  do like the  figures  brings life to the buildings something which  layouts  are lacking generally.

Is that  a  ballet / excercise class above the  training room sure the figure on the left  is doing a handstand & a ballerina in the pink  tutu .........  what they appear to be  ;)





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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei
« Reply #82 on: January 25, 2013, 12:03:34 PM »
Thanks Nick, I've removed the figure that was appearing to do a handstand as he was dominating the front window too much. Now a ballet/aerobics class is a great idea for another room as I wouldn't need to make any furniture and some organisations do run stuff like this for their employees in their lunch hours. This building will be switchable as I quite like it unlit as well.

I wish I'd had more confidence to tackle the Sankei kits earlier - it would have saved me buying some of the Tomix (which are a pain to lightproof)

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei
« Reply #83 on: January 25, 2013, 11:17:11 PM »
Tres cool!  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei
« Reply #84 on: January 28, 2013, 09:47:57 PM »
The job lot of plastic tubes, etc arrived from China over the weekend and also my next batch of SMDs (white and warm white) - so it was time to complete the service station.

Unfortunately this took longer than expected due to me popping most of the lights through stupidity. This gave me the opportunity to use the bright white which is probably more appropriate for a service station.

Difficult to get decent photos of this because of the different light temperatures (and also because I was too lazy to get the tripod)


The service station by day



The internet cafe



Decent diesel and petrol prices at St Clements (prices are in German as still deciding whether the layout will be fantasy based in Germany)


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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei
« Reply #85 on: January 28, 2013, 09:50:25 PM »
That is just sooooo good. :claphappy:

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei
« Reply #86 on: January 28, 2013, 10:08:55 PM »
Brilliant  8)  :thumbsup:

you've got a great eye for detail

the bright white LEDs look spot on and give the model a realistic look

dave  :thumbsup:

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei
« Reply #87 on: January 28, 2013, 10:35:03 PM »
Bloody brilliant Pengy  :claphappy: (what pun?)

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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei
« Reply #88 on: January 28, 2013, 11:21:46 PM »
You are indeed a genius. And thanks for taking me away from the subject of Aussie wildlife!  :laugh:
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Re: My attempts at lighting buildings, Kato and Tomix and Sankei
« Reply #89 on: January 29, 2013, 08:19:20 AM »
Always enjoy to see your progress Pengy & this is no  exception  superb  detailing   ;)

 

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