Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My layout is now set up...


For those who don't already know, I received it from a retired engineer about 5 years ago, free for the taking. I've left it as he built it, only adding to it in the style of the builder as no layout is ever truly finished anyway. My days of doing my more detailed and realistic scenery are coming to an end as time and money constraints make their presence felt, and I do enjoy the rather charming tinplate-like/architectural model appeal of his work anyway.

While all buildings are still in their boxes, I decided to add some more of my own touches to this layout. Now, I am adding and rearranging some gift and freebie trees as well as working streetlights, found on clearance at Hobby Lobby. The view blocking effect of the tree clumps at eye level is already quite pleasing and I'm only halfway there. Each building will be placed once it has proper interior/exterior lighting. Cars will have working head and tail lights as well. My only wish would be to find the old gent and see if he approves.

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BTW, the Sheriff's car seen in the lower left is one such lighted car, it is wired to a crossing flasher circuit under the road. I made it from a Micro Machine vehicle, drilling for two 1.6mm LEDs that had been filed flat...



2 comments:

Cristake said...

Your wish to ask permission for modify to that engineer mate reminds me of Mel Gibson's same asking from the Pope, when/before realising his "Passion of Christ" film. C'est noblesse!
And speaking about mr. Gibson... At first sight, seeing that sherif car seemed to me like an ordinary police car - and thought: huh, some Mel Gibson & Danny Glover minipolicemen (at HO scale, I presume) could get out of the car at any moment :D
Anyway, very good idea for putting lights on the car, I saw something like that for a plaza well/fountain (http://trenulete.info/fantana-luminoasa-3/) but that, even if it's a fine idea, looks to me kind of... kitschy?!

Br'er Shaygetz said...

Cool...maybe if he figured out a way to fade the lights in and out more slowly, it wouldn't look so kitschy... Neat idea though.