Saturday, May 23, 2015

Rasch Studios


A new find for me -  
Rasch Studios: C  U  S  T  O  M    R  A  I  L  W  A  Y     &     M  I  L  I  T  A  R  Y    M  O  D  E  L  S

Website
http://www.raschstudios.net/

Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55090073@N03

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8EpHEoMA-YI0btzEv6k0sA


I'm really enjoying the work here. Some fun details and a great blending of some of the Kato Japanese style products into an American landscape. Very cool stuff! I think I'm going to contact him about being on MODEL RAIL RADIO - I don't think I've ever heard him on the show.











Friday, May 22, 2015

O scale? Oh yes...

Soon....this will be mine.....


:)

My Uncle was SUPER KIND to send this to me. It's UPS'ing it's way to me as we speak. I'm actually rather excited!!!!!  :)

More details:

Name
MTH 20-3118-1 Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback W/Proto2.0 Steam
Taxonomy
O Modern / Steam Loco / 0-8-8-0 / Erie / MTH
Dash ID
MT-0609714






Avg: None
0 ratings
Boxed Value
Unboxed Value
Manufacturer
MTH
Manufacturer #
20-3118-1
UPC
658081069227
First Year
2005
Last Year
2005
Shipping Info
Dimensions
32 x 12 x 12"
- See more at: http://www.collector-modeltrains.com/dash/universe/catalog_item/MT-0609714/#sthash.4BRl3iC8.dpuf
Name
MTH 20-3118-1 Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback W/Proto2.0 Steam
Taxonomy
O Modern / Steam Loco / 0-8-8-0 / Erie / MTH
Dash ID
MT-0609714
 
"Here is the beautiful MTH 20-3118-1 Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback Steam Locomotive and Tender with ProtoSound 2.0. This ones got a lot of character, with attention to detail. It features Die-Cast Metal Chassis, Metal wheels and axles, Decorative metal whistle, Operating marker Lights, Lighted cab Interior, Puffing Proto smoke, Operating Tender Back-Up Light and Proto Sound 2.0. Please see my photos for a full list of all the features of this steam locomotive and tender."
Here is the beautiful MTH 20-3118-1 Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback Steam Locomotive and Tender with ProtoSound 2.0. This ones got a lot of character, with attention to detail. It features Die-Cast Metal Chassis, Metal wheels and axles, Decorative metal whistle, Operating marker Lights, Lighted cab Interior, Puffing Proto smoke, Operating Tender Back-Up Light and Proto Sound 2.0. Please see my photos for a full list of all the features of this steam locomotive and tender. - See more at: http://www.collector-modeltrains.com/dash/universe/catalog_item/MT-0609714/#sthash.4BRl3iC8.dpufHere is the beautiful MTH 20-3118-1 Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback Steam Locomotive and Tender with ProtoSound 2.0. This ones got a lot of character, with attention to detail. It features Die-Cast Metal Chassis, Metal wheels and axles, Decorative metal whistle, Operating marker Lights, Lighted cab Interior, Puffing Proto smoke, Operating Tender Back-Up Light and Proto Sound 2.0. Please see my photos for a full list of all the features of this steam locomotive and tender.
Name
MTH 20-3118-1 Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback W/Proto2.0 Steam
Taxonomy
O Modern / Steam Loco / 0-8-8-0 / Erie / MTH
Dash ID
MT-0609714






Avg: None
0 ratings
Boxed Value
Unboxed Value
Manufacturer
MTH
Manufacturer #
20-3118-1
UPC
658081069227
First Year
2005
Last Year
2005
Shipping Info
Dimensions
32 x 12 x 12"
- See more at: http://www.collector-modeltrains.com/dash/universe/catalog_item/MT-0609714/#sthash.4BRl3iC8.dpuf
Name
MTH 20-3118-1 Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback W/Proto2.0 Steam
Taxonomy
O Modern / Steam Loco / 0-8-8-0 / Erie / MTH
Dash ID
MT-0609714






Avg: None
0 ratings
Boxed Value
Unboxed Value
Manufacturer
MTH
Manufacturer #
20-3118-1
UPC
658081069227
First Year
2005
Last Year
2005
Shipping Info
Dimensions
32 x 12 x 12"
- See more at: http://www.collector-modeltrains.com/dash/universe/catalog_item/MT-0609714/#sthash.4BRl3iC8.dpuf

Sankei Building



New SANKEI building build.

I'm still loving the Sankei products, but they do have a few things that are difficult about them. The fact that they are card stock means that they can't be pushed too much. Things need to be lined up properly from the get go or you're cutting card stock free and trying to re-glue it later. :) And...Roket Card Glue stick anything to card stock. ANYTHING! Bugs that happen to crawl by. Other pieces you've cut out to build later. FINGERS. heheheh    That being said, they still offer a lot over traditional plastic kits.




The builds are always interesting. Looking a few steps ahead and paying attention to notches and things is a must.

The Roket glue is grand. Once you're sure where things go, you can pop them together and WHAM! it's set. This does have it's downside for sure. If you're wrong...start cutting. :)






The construction is pretty straight forward. Again, if you follow the steps and make sure things are lined up properly, things are fantastic. The smaller details are really nice. Brick carved into the card stock, building up walls and window areas with layers of card. All very cool details.









Things went really well with this build - one of the best so far. But I did get one gloob of glue on the roof, sadly. You can see the shine on the upper roof. Unfortunate, but it's still acceptable....for this round.

The kit comes with a vespa, vending machine and a lamp with a sign.



So happy with the selection of buildings that Santa-san got me in Japan!!!! And, happy that I'm a little more patient and calm - zen - when building these kits.




The paper kits really add a lot to the overall layout.



Burnt fishing boat

I've seen a few boat accidents that involved fire while searching for Japan harbor images and I thought that it might be a fun scene to model. The Tomytec boats come with bottoms in case yu want to have them dry docked, so I thought I'd use one of them to do a little burnt boat project.





I started with this green putty. Health hazards be damned! :) It's cool stuff. You can sculpt with it and build things up, then you can sand it if you ant something smoother than...a burnt ship. heh














I tossed a layer of of black and some color accents over the top of the green.

Based on prototype photos, I'm happy with how this turned out. It's simple and tells a fun little story...that will be written about in the future. :)


"HOW long will it take to fix this?!"   :)













Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Shizuka and Soyokaze - Canon shots with the new lights


I broke out the Canon camera and took some shots with the new lights up and I'm really happy with the results. I need to play around with the amount of light I'm using, but the overall feel is exactly what I wanted. The setup is a bit ugly at the moment - I have light cables running over my ceiling, which isn't appealing, however it's worth it for the time being.

I'll need to play with the lighting a bit and I am still looking forward to adding a spot element (based on Rios Tam's suggestion) and some colored lights in the Cowboy Studio lighting rig to create a bit more mood with the lights. Should be fun to see what I can get out of this setup.


More photos here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/malcojojo/sets/72157652732650675


Harbor Loading Area

Soyokaze Station

Tomytec Freight Liner

Temple and Harbor area





I really need some folks working in this area. :)

Soyokaze Farm  - still needs a better name! :)





Naze hashi なぜ橋





Soyokaze Harbor
Shizuka

Soyokaze - Old Town

Full layout - shot on iPhone

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Model Railroad Hobbyist - Why don't I read it?

There's a free and fantastic model railroading magazine available. Yes...free. It's SUPER easy to access as well.

MODEL RAILROAD HOBBYIST  


http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/

You can read it online. You can download a fantastic "player" that works on numerous machines and formats. It's packed with information, great articles and more. Yet, why don't I read it? Ever? I've downloaded many of the magazines. I've even scratched out notes to go and read the thing like, "Hey, don't forget to read that awesome FREE model railroad mag!" :)  Yet, I never seem to make it back to read 'em. I just have them downloaded in a folder...waiting. The equivalent of buying a magazine, then placing it directly on the shelf and never reading it. You know...without money being involved.

So, why don't I read it? 

I think there are a few factors.

If it were a Japanese railroading free mag, I'd be looking through it all the time - even if it were in Japanese and I couldn't read any of it. I'd scan for photos and make copious amounts of notes on things I want to do. It's not, however, and some of the content - while cool - just doesn't reel me in like my Japanese stuff does.

Super easy to access and "page through"


Also, I have a Kindle, but not an iPad. I think an iPad or iPad-like device would make the experience a bit more mobile. Let's be honest, a lot of magazines are read while in the restroom and lugging a laptop in seems a bit clunky. (Though, a warm laptop on a cold day does make the experience a bit more pleasant. :::grin:::) The Kindle isn't great for the format due to the size of the screen, so it's just not drawing me in either.




I just found it interesting that I like the magazine and think it's really well put together and engaging when I do manage to look through it, but that I just don't make the effort. I read through my old magazines on my shelves from time to time, dragging them off the shelf and into the aforementioned restroom or living room to make notes and I've already looked through them numerous times.

How about you? Am I the only one that's experienced this? Just curious.



Saturday, May 2, 2015

Lighting Test





I'm playing around with the idea of a large, box light for the layout. I had a few from work and hung one up just to see what it looked like with it's softbox light and I think I like it. It has potential. Th light is even and - once I get them mounted properly, they will cast a light down directly and blast away some of the wall shadows.

 There's an interesting bent to this setup. There are multiple lights inside. So, I can switch on more or less light as needed for the desired effect. I can also add one or two colored lights - orange or blue - to get an evening light look if I wanted - switching over from one to another with a few simple clicks. 
 


I still need to play with the amount of light and bulb types, but it's far better than what I have currently and...well...it's free and already in my possession! :)







Here is a shot with the old light setup - a single point to the far right of the shot.....


And then a similar shot, but with the new light softbox setup above.....


I think it's working better with the softbox.







You can also see the difference with the shadows being cast on the wall. In the back right, there is no light with strong wall shadows.


The idea of including colored bulbs for dusk and night shots seems like a lot of fun. Now I just need to sort out hoe to hang them properly while still being able to access the switches. Once I get that locked, I can get the colored bulbs, mark their switches (white paint by the switches for plain bulbs and colored paint for the colored bulbs) and be good to go with another item on the list! VOOTY! :)

There is a major difference when there are different amounts of lights on as well. I believe the light shown in these images are three bulbs. I'll be able to take that number down and still get a good amount of light on the layout. 

The softbox light is grand. I'm not leaving them on for long periods of time and not having them on when I'm not in the room for safety reasons, but the bulbs are not burning that hot, so it shouldn't be an issue. 

Thoughts?

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