Friday, December 23, 2016

More little projects...and another VIDEO!


I'm keeping my mantra of "Any work is good work" for my hobby stuff.I made a real effort to drag myself through work projects this week and didn't sneak over to my layout except for a few times, but the work efforts were so bad that I should have just abandoned work and done a week of hobby stuff! hehehe  Oh well...at least I tried. 

With that said, I did a video on Tuesday after doing a few hobby sessions to dial some items in on my list. I'm happy that I keep moving forward and detailing. SO MUCH detailing to do.

The video in question:



I want to do another video with my good camera this holiday break. Clean the tracks and have some trains running and the like. We'll see if that happens. :) 



Two major dental visits this week and looming work didn't stop me from chipping away at hobby items. A few minutes here and there really does make a difference. Especially if you fold some night work in as well. 

One of the items I dialed in this round was the end of the Uniplate section towards the front of Shizuka. My solution for now was just a simple styrene setup to continue the roadway out. You can see the section in the center of the photo below. I still have a track that runs nowhere, but I might hid it a bit with some sort of detail. We'll see. The pedestrian overpass will branch off a walkway from the station and will lead up to the sidewalk section and plaza area.


I just used a bit of foam core for the plaza area.



In one of my night sessions, I added a few people, edge pieces for the foam core, and a few other details. I want more people about, but I'll add them later.




And, as I pointed out in my video, I had placed a building in front of this little stairway section and forgot to move it. I peeked around it the other day and had a laugh. "Well, I totally forgot about that." I moved the building and sprayed the stairs and wall section. I'll go back in and detail them a bit in a future session.



I've also been playing around with the arrangement of Shizuka - moving buildings around when on meetings and in-between tasks. I looked it over and said, "I need to do one more major mix-up here," and started shifting buildings off and around. One was removed - a small store that was basically a small, flat box that wasn't really buying me anything. That's going to move over to my daughters' layout that I'm hoping to spend some time on this break.

The new arrangement of Shizuka is working well. I added a new Uniplate, switched a lot around, and I'm digging it more than I have in a long while now.





It's actually changed a little bit since I took this photo. hehehe  Little shifts here and there. I'll take additional photos at some point.


I did a little more work on the small walkway that leads up and through the building section on the right side of Shizuka. I added a fence and some car boundary bumpers (cut sprue pieces I saved because of their awesome color and rounded edges.) and I dig how it's shaping up. Another round of detailing and people additions and I think it'll be good.



So, Shizuka is shaping up!




A few issues and items here and there, but nothing that can't be addressed:

• I need to address the backdrop at some point. It needs to be higher to accommodate shots of the city and the taller buildings. I also some some work on the MODEL RAIL RADIO Facebook page that I wanted to try out. Robby Bambino had a cool little process for background buildings that didn't require building out flats. It was simply foam core with buildings printed and pasted to it. Very smart! I think that would work well for my layout with the right selection of building photos.



 • I'm still needing more power to my rails, I think. Sadly, this might require some pulling up of areas and the like. And, more purchases, of course. This is where being able to wire things and the like would come in handy, of course. 


• I'm still looking for a good solution for sticking people down. There are certain glues that work well and fast (like Ducco), but over time the people sort of fall down. I've used Testors liquid cement for some figures going on styrene, but it's still a slow process. I watched a video featuring my hero  Akihiro Morohoshi  where he has something on them that allows him to simply pick them up with a tool and place them without so much as a small shift in their position, but I have no idea what he used. Most likely some cool, Japanese product like MR FIGURE STICK! hehehehe  Oh, how I would love to be able to walk into a hobby store like some of the ones in Japan. :::heavy sigh:::

• I'm looking at using .06" / 60pt cardstock or chipboard for sidewalks. If money wasn't an object, I'd just use styrene or purchase some of the cool sidewalk offerings out there, but money IS an issue! hehehe  I need to come up with a solution that will work long term, be relatively easy to work with, and will be financially doable as well. If anyone has any feedback on that, it'd be grand. I know the Great And Powerful Quinntopia  (another fantastic modeler!) showed some great work he was doing with card for sidewalks. It seems like a viable option with the right weathering and detailing.

• And one issue that's finally here - reaching the back of the Shizuka section for painting and detailing. hehehehe   I knew it was going to be an issue, but put it on the back burner. Now, I'm starting to look at detailing some of the areas back there and I've been presented with a few head scratcher moments. "Hmmmm...how am I gonna get back there....."   :)



With that, I wish you and yours a fantastic Holiday Season!  Maybe I'll have one last video before 2017 jumps into play. 

Thanks for reading! 

2 comments:

  1. Looking good! Styrene is actually very cheap if you go to a general plastics company. I bought two massive poster sized sheets for a few dollars each. It is often used for advertising I believe? One side is super shiny and the other side is nice and Matt, I guess for printing on? Definitely worth a try, just do some calling around local plastics companies.

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    1. Ahhhh!!! I'll have to check that out! Thanks!

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