N-gauge Japanese-style Model Train
This weekend, I build a styrene bracket to better secure the location of the pillars below the Shin-Yukari station.
Finally, I built a concrete base for the control tower at the west end of the elevated station.
Today, I removed the Tomix 1247 Double Crossover Turnout N-PX280 F at the west side of the elevated station and replaced it by two standard turnouts.
I have had numerous problems with this double crossover over the past years. It is quite difficult to clean, and all my DCC locomotives using the Kato EM13 briefly stop when crossing it.
The culprit is this section of the rail (indicated by the arrow on the left photo). It is an isolating plastic section. I do not know its purpose, but it is long enough to cause the EM13 DCC decoder to reset (the locomotive stops and starts accelerating again).
I tried to eliminate this gap by covering it with conductive adhesive aluminium tape (see the photo on the right). This helps. This sometimes worked, but this was not reliable.
Yesterday, I took advantage of the Black Friday promotion and purchased Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer (affinity.serif.com/en-gb/). I had to replace my old (2012) Adobe Photoshop Elements application which does not work under macOS Mojave anymore. I will put both applications to good use in the future, but today I just wanted to test the "Focus Merge" feature of Affinity Photo (a function that Photoshop Elements did not have).
The result can be found below:
Each shot is actually a composite of 5~8 photos taken while focusing at different parts of the scene. It works very well and the result is nice!
A video and more photos of the work in progress...
Simply made using Uniqlo logos found on their packaging, pasted on a styrene sheet.
Today, I finally added the final touch to the Shin-Yukari station: the light panels above the north and south entrances.
They are made of clear polyester (.040 Clear Polyester, SKU 703-03 from Midwest Products, midwestproducts.com/products/040-clear-polyester), cut to size and scored vertically every one centimetre to match the design of the Tomix station building.