Saturday, February 18, 2012

Great modeling, just not N Scale

Not too much new to report on the Musashi-Koyama modules as I've been busy again on DCC decoder installations and am also rebuilding one of my Ntrak modules.

One thing that I would like to share a bit of is our visit to the Edo Museum during our trip to Tokyo last November.  Edo is the old name for Tokyo and this museum covers the history of the city through the ages up to the current time.  Of course one of my favorite parts were the many large model displays showing typical life in Tokyo. 

Due to lighting and reflections on most of the model displays, the best shots were of this diorama of a typical street scene that I am thinking is in the 1880 - 1900 period of time.

The dioramas appeared to be close to O scale, or 1/48.  They all had this level of detail with thousands of model figures.  This particular display ran through a night cycle where the overhead lights dimmed and the building and street lights came on.

There were also a few buildings that the roof would lift off during the night part of the cycle and the detailed interiors became visible.

We spent about half a day here and really enjoyed it.  The Edo Museum is easy to get to by train or subway and easy to find.

The building itself is quite unique as seen in this streetview photo.

They have an english language Website with full details.