N-gauge Japanese-style Model Train
Part of the first photo-etching project, I built a tower crane, which will be the focus point of the new construction area. The tower crane is largely inspired by a real crane, the JCL008II.
I am experimenting with photo-etching to make highly-detailed parts such as catenary poles or steel platforms. The parts are first modelled in 3D in Autodesk Fusion 360 using the Sheet Metal module. Fusion 360 is a powerful CAD/CAM/PCB professional tool available free of charge for personal use (check https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/personal).
These are a few examples of objects designed using this software.
The pavement is made with TGW (Tsugawa) NDP-1 New Plastic Design Paper - Brick 50, airbrushed with Tamiya XF2 Flat White 96% + XF1 Flat Black 4%, then unevenly dry brushed with Tamiya XF66 Light Grey (which appears very blue), then weathered with AK-Interactive Neutral Grey Wash AK677 diluted in AK049 Odorless Thinner. That's not exactly what I was going for (I have tried many things, still learning here...). It looks darker and "older" than what I wanted, but I like the large tiles. Let's say it's a pedestrian shopping street that has been recently renovated using large "fancy" stones.
The custom made decals are quite large and require a lot of patience!
I have purchased and just received this CY700001 2set 1/700 Scale Model Ship 0.55mm Black Anchor Chain.
It's meant for a model ship but I think I can use it to build a fence similar to this https://www.sunpole.co.jp/supply/post-8159/
The chain link diameter is 0.55mm = prototype 82mm. Maybe a bit large, but should be ok.
By the way, if you are looking for examples of different types of fences, there are 100 pages of photos in the landscape catalog here:
I have scratch built the sign board and other roof equipment using Evergreen styrene.
I decided to rebrand and expand the small truck terminal (Tomytec 069-2 Modern Truck Terminal). The expansion is done using Greenmax 2187 building kit, which is extremely flexible and easy to customise.
This is the first stage of the construction.
Late evening emergency meeting the second floor...
The building has been painted as follows:
Lighting is made with four pieces of 3mm LED strip.
I fitted each of the seven trees with five 0402 blue LEDs, then painted the tree trunks with Tamiya XF-10 Flat brown paint to hide the wires.
The result is very nice, but will need further adjustment.
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!
I just received two Kato buildings that have just been re-released and should be available again: