Monday, July 21, 2014

Tomytec Bus Sytem in action

I really enjoy this TomyTec bus system.
Seeing the wheels turn and the bus moving through the landscape makes me happy. :)
However, I still get the same feeling I get when i see trains running.

"We aren't the people and cars moving? That's just...odd."  hehehehe  

However, this really does add to the scenery and the fun of this little scene. Being able to run the buses through the winding roadways, having them stop at bus stops and over little humps that make them bounce along is a lot of fun!


Published on Jun 26, 2013
N gauge size of Tommy Tech bus model (scale 1:150) "The bus collection to commemorate the 10th anniversary "(Basukore) Release," Basukore complete (stock) Neko Publishing June 28 is all manual " It is published in. 
 As one of the articles inside is also a featured product of Tommy Tech "Basukore travel system I have posted using the "" diorama of the Miura Peninsula bus run around "the (900 × 600mm) has.The system is intended that self-propelled on the road the bus model has been determined, the easier you have them traveling is what try to run in fact poetry. In this study, the running scene of the bus I have created a video with a focus. Please visit along with the magazine. 
Diorama Craft: Shimbo Mitsutoshi

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hobby Center - Kato -Tokyo

Someone was kind enough to walk through the KATO HOBBY CENTER in Tokyo.

So damn cool. :)

I love when they get to the shopping area and you see that they have ALL the KATO products out and ready to buy. :::sigh:::  Love it. :)

 I really need to get over there and see this stuff. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Canvas rolls for backdrop painting

Hmmm...does this make sense?

I thought, "If I'm going to paint a background myself for my layout, doesn't it make sense to buy canvas to use and tack it onto the wall directly?"

If I got six yards of 83inch canvas, I could even cut it in half and have a 41.5" option right there which would block the wall nicely - allowing for mistakes and the like as well.

I'm in no real rush as of yet. I have my brown craft paper blocking the horrid wood panels in here :::grin::: and lighting is really first in my mind, but I like looking at my options.

I was looking at some other roll options, but this canvas option seems pretty alright. I'll be using acrylics, so I think the rubbery nature of it will play well with the canvas on the wall.

I could go with this other option - Acrylic Primed Polyflax Canvas Rolls - which is a bit cheaper, but smaller. I'd have 28.5" with this option, bit it is less expensive overall.

I think I'm on to something here.

Anyone have any thoughts on the subject?  Comments welcome and appreciated! :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Parking Tower Scratch Build

I was going to buy a pre-built Japanese parking structure, but I thought that of all the simple structures I could build, this would probably be the easiest. So, why not give it a go?

The idea behind these structures is this:

The building itself is just a big, straight tower.

I did some rough sketches (...then had a giggle about me sketching such a simple shape...) and got to work. I went with styrene as the base as usual.

 I wanted to show the car about to head up in the tower, but also wanted to show other cars inside the structure, so I placed a window high up in the building so you could see inside. I love the square cut and cross method for making a window in styrene.

This meant I had to actually have cars inside to see along with the "trays" they ride on.

The tower was about two cars wide, so I did some basic figures and came up with the tray width based on a van in n scale.

I thought that wire would make a fine bar arrangement for the trays, so I set out originally to cut them and glue them into place. But, after some thought I found that that process might have been more trouble than it was worth and might be in need of a re-thinking.

After giving it some thought, I went with one piece of wire bent into the proper shape. I was going to make a form for the wire to fit over to get the shape, but I went with winging it. Afterward, I wish I went with the form. :)

I sprayed the walls and made sure they fit properly before moving forward.

The walls were the easy part.

With a few more details added in and the cars and people in place, I was pretty happy with the resulting building. However, I plan to add more details once I get my printer up and working again. This building is screaming for more adverts on the side of it.  I also want to take another pass at the "P" - I really hate how it turned out, but that's rushing for you. :) It's really a distracting mess.

Once I take another pass at Shizuka and sort out where things are going, I'm sure I'll be able to find a nice location to showcase the final piece post-tweaking. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Soyokaze Roads and Village Center

NOTE: Another post that I forgot to post a while back. 

I took a few shots of the Smooth-It areas post sanding and painting. I'm really happy with how they turned out for the most part, though I wish I had mixed a few areas a bit better to avoid the air bubble potholes! But, I'm liking it.

Once I go back in with more details like street markings and the like, I believe it will really pop. The small street marking work I did on the Soyokaze Hill section really added a lot to the scene. The hardest part about that is getting the Kanji right - making sure I'm putting the right thing in the right place. ("One Way Street" being on a one way section and things like that.) I did find a site that will help A LOT! It breaks down street markings and provides a very detailed list of what things mean. I think it will get me close enough as things go.

I did four sections in total - Soyokaze Village, Soyokaze Town section, the road to the Harbor section and the roadway leading to Naze hashi なぜ橋 .

Soyokaze Village - Still not 100% locked down as far as building placement, but it's getting close. Once I get things locked down, (...and keep smacking myself when I say I should get two or three more buildings for the area. "NO, MALCOLM! NO MORE BUILDINGS! get a few more freelance jobs...then we can talk about a small HOBBY SEARCH order....AFTER you get paid!" heh ) I'll be able to add the details like the small gutter systems that run along the front of many buildings in villages like this in Japan.

Town section - Again, while not set in stone yet, it's getting close!

Village section leading to town

Front road section
This rough section will be worked on to show a series of switches - all dead rail and not operating, but super detailed - weathering and signage galore!  :)  I always liked the look. 

Harbor road section - This will be a fun section to detail as well. Gravel, security fences and signs along with the large whale mount I plan on mimicking. :)

PROGRESS! Slow and steady. :)
The roads being down will allow me to do some more detailing, which is nice. I've planned a bit, but I suspect that something will be amiss somewhere along the line. We'll see.

Another good reason NOT to buy additional buildings for the Soyokaze Village section is leaving room for some detail elements. I've moved the little vendors out of the Village proper. They'll be over on the edge of the area with some little streamers and things to make the area look festive.

The Village needs a lot of people, for one, but also a lot of detail elements. I've started a collection of some shots with nice detail elements that I'd like to include in my scenes.

I even plan to model something like this  torii out of clay or wood!

I want to do one for the Village area - more simple, and one that's a little more grand for the temple area. I want to make sure it matches the style and time period, however, so I'll need to do some homework.

I even have deer that I'm going to have wandering through Soyokaze Village. :)

Happy hobbying! :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Nagoro: Valley of the Dolls


A woman in a remote part of Japan makes life-sized dolls and poses them around the remote village she lives in. 37 residents. Over 300 dolls. :::shiver:::   :) 

"Ayano Tsukimi (64) is living in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Not many people are still living there. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi is making lifesized dolls in their liking and puts them in places that were important to them. The dolls are scattered around the whole valley.
She is married, but her husband and daughter are living away from her in Osaka. She's living alone with her 83 year old father in the house of her family."


Valley of Dolls from Fritz Schumann on Vimeo.