Hello from the wonderful world of N scale hobbies! :)
I had a few updates for what's going on in the microverses of Soyokaze (formerly Old Town) and Shizuka (formerly Downtown) these days. There isn't a whole lot, but there is some news.
Efforts to get a grip on LED lighting brought progress on Soyokaze to a halt. I had everything ready to set, paint and detail, but the issue of lighting the buildings stopped me from doing anything until I figured out what I wanted to do lighting wise.
I set out to learn about LED lights and the like and....well...got really frustrated. I'm an "artist" and have that mindset. Thoughts of power sources, current, electricity flow, voltage and watts made my head spin. The small efforts I made didn't seem to work. At all. An LED that worked when touched to a battery failed to work when wired and soldered to one. So, I stopped.
I've gone through various stages of being ok with no lights this round. It is, after all, a little "practice" layout and, when I get my space I need in a new house, I'll be redoing the works. But, it would be nice to have lights now. I have almost a year before we move and we're still not sure I'll actually have room for a set once we do. So, I keep thinking. I might just run wires to the buildings now, then move on with details with the idea that I'll go back and add power and LEDs later. That's sounding like a good plan right now.
I continue taking pictures, too. Sad - it's the same shots over and over.
|Station Area - Soyokaze|
|Temple Area - Soyokaze|
Meanwhile, people continue to wait around for a place to sell their goods and shop. They sit atop my shelving unit and mill about aimlessly. However, some of them have managed to start dating which is nice. :)
|First Date in Shelf Limbo|
The office layout of Shizuka needs to be packed up and put away until we get our new offices set up. A sad day indeed. It'll be missed. but, the upside is that I'll be able to work out anther variation of it once the new office is set. The new layout will be smaller at first due to space constraints (not that I even know what my space looks like yet!) However, I'm told that that will change yet again in the coming months when someone leaves the company and an office space opens up again. Figures crossed, but my breath is NOT being held on THAT one. We'll see what happens.
For now, Shizuka is missing. It disappeared right off the face of the map!
|Shizuka minus people and buildings. Twilight Zone|
The buildings behind the people in the FIRST DATE image above are going to be used in another, US based module. Plans are not set yet, but it will involve boats, water and a ship museum along with the brick buildings above. I needed something to move forward on while LED issues got resolved.
I'm also going to look at a rearranged setup for my US industrial shelf module. Not sure what's going to happen there, but something needs to change. I've been staring at it for far too long and taking the same pictures of it for months now.
All for now. Happy Hobby to ya!