Monday, August 13, 2018

Marukomushinia kitbash makeover

It was my late Father's birthday today, so this weekend I revamped the small kitbash I made in his honor. I wanted to make it look a bit less like a market with a building on top of it. :::grin:::

The origial was just that - a market with a building popped on top.

 I dug the overall space, but wanted to play with the colors a bit. I went with a red detail instead of the blue.

I also wanted to mirror a bit more of the wood on the sides of the base building to make the wooden rooftop building make a bit more sense. I used card stock for the wood panels.'s all starting to come together!

I still need to put another coat of red on tonight. That should be rather straight forward. I also want to get some more people on the roof with a few more roof and general building details.

In place, the building is looking much better. I'm happy with the touch up.

The lore behind the place is that it's where my Dad could really shine. He was a great party guest and people loved his humor and general happy nature. So, I thought that this could be a place where he's the owner / operator, slipping through the crowds of dinner and dancing guests and playing the host. He'd be known in Soyokaze and Shizuka and the place would be the kind of place people would talk about and bring out of town guests to.

"You HAVE to check this place out! The owner is a super cool guy and really funny!"

Miss ya, Dad!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

N•RAIL Trains Running - August 2nd, 2018

Video of my rains actually running. A friend of mine wanted to see some train action. Not that my droning on about my layout plans is a bore.

Right? :::grin:::


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July 2018 Update: A whole lot of little things

Well, not a whole lot to report of late. My recent layoff gave me a lot more time to work on the layout, but I've been spending the time looking for a new job and worrying about finding a new job instead. :::grin:::  The funny thing is, if I worked on the layout more, I'd probably be less stressed about the job front. Go figure.


Today's music for the post:

My daughter wanted to run trains around the other day and I dropped everything and set it up for her. I had just cleaned the track a few days earlier, so it was a rather successful time for her. I was impressed by the care she was taking to keep the trains running at a slower speed. I've talked to them about it in the past, but she really remembered.

The other thing was to remember that the big take away I want for her is to have fun with it. I basically kept my mouth shut and enjoyed her enjoyment of seeing things go around. She also re-noticed that she, her sisters, and her brother all have spaces on the layout in the downtown section.
(( You can see her spy them in the video )) Pretty cute to see her light up and say, "Hey...there's my toy shop...and Sen's candy shop..."  :)

I've started working on the coverage project for this summer. I'd like to have all the bare spaces covered with scenery by the end of the summer. I think I can do it. I'm going to spend 30 to 45 minutes a day on it if I can. Just knock it out little by little. It's going to be good for my recharging as well.

So, for now I move forward, pace myself, and make sure I'm only working on the layout when the mood is right. That's another thing that's come up. There are times I'll be working on the layout, but I won't FEEL like working on it. That just causes frustration. As soon as that happens, I make sure I walk away. I want this to be fun, not work.

Some of the bare spots I was talking about in the shot above. I want to make sure no bare deck areas are showing by the end of summer! :)

I plan to add many, many more people soon!

The harbor area needs to be a bit more busy. 

Thanks for reading! 

Monday, April 23, 2018

April 2018 Time Capsule - Where Things Stand Now

I like doing these little time capsule videos every once in a while. They are a lot of fun to look back on. It's great to look back on to see how things have progressed.

While things are not back to the way they were in REV 02, REV 03 is slowly getting there.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

N•RAIL Photo Progress Report March 2018

A photo gallery progress report to show where things are at this point. It's a nice snapshot of a moment in time so I can look back a few months from now and see how much I've gotten done - if anything. :)