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.
The workflow is as follows:
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.
The trucks and vans are from
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.
This shows how I painted the Tomix tram tracks to give them better look.
I decided to make a new set of vending machines for the east tram station (and other places in the city). They are build from multiple layers of styrene, transparent polyester and printed photo paper.
Time to rework and improve the look of the Shin-Yukari East tram station. I will make new station seats and ads based on photos taken in Toyama in 2017.
This is the catenary system for the tunnel section east of the underground station. It is built using Evergreen styrene H columns. The bottom (top on the photo below) is covered with aluminium foil.
These bathrooms were scratch built using styrene sheets. The outside walls are printed on photo paper protected by a dull clear coat.
The prototype can be found in front of Shin-Yokohama's station. They have been recently renovated and are part of the Do Amenity network.
All LEDs are 0402 (0.5 x 1mm) LEDs purchased pre-wired from AliExpress (look for "wired 0402 led"). When fitting the LEDs:
The Round Cushion Drums and Barricade Chain Stand KY Blocks have been 3D printed locally. I modelled them taking these sites as reference:
I have designed the 3D model using Autodesk Fusion 360