Seems like I'm building most of the buildings for the Hot Springs Junction module before I really have the module ready but that's OK. I've now moved on to starting the hotel which I plan to have toward the opposite end of the module from the station. TomyTec offers 3 different Hot Springs hotel buildings in their extensive line of pre-painted kits.
Aoshima Apartments kit, everything is pre-painted. I built this kit without modification but may add a different foundation to it depending on exactly how it gets positioned on the module.
The sheet below came with the kit and shows the other buildings that are available along with a complete scene. In my experience of sometimes having stayed at places like this, they are most often not close to a train station and are serviced by taxis or or buses and that is what is shown here.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
I was happy with the results so far but was concerned that after the roof was put on the scene would be lost in the shadows so decided some lighting was needed.
I used 3 small surface mount LEDs to light the open areas under the station roof. The inside of the station building is not lighted. I used copper foil tape to create the contacts and built the whole assembly on the top of the ceiling before installing it. The red and black 22 gauge were will go down through the building and module base.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Japanese train models and building kits come with stickers, not decals as I have been used to working with. At first I found these hard to work with but after repeated attempts and trying different techniques, I have been getting better results. These stickers are colorful and add quite a bit of realism to the finished structure.
The back side of this particular set of stickers had a foil look to it. Later an accidental scratch on the front of the sheet revealed the same foil look suggesting that this is a foil sticker.