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 Posted: Fri Jun 14th, 2013 06:19 pm
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Mike,
The woodwork is overkill for a display, but as this is going in my home office I went nuts. It is also designed for traveling to shows (local only). This display will be one side leg of a simple oval and a second more conventional module will be the other leg. This unit will be made to some standard (freemo?)so I can take it to distant meets. Two 180° curves will complete the ends.
I will post the 3D model of the design when its more than onion skin sketches. i am just :slow:



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 Posted: Fri Jun 14th, 2013 11:09 pm
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I'm with these guys Brad, very, very nice! I wish I had the patience to be as particular as you, it sure pays off in quality...looking forward to following your progress...
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Brad, you are really moving along now, what a great scene this will be!



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 Posted: Wed Jun 26th, 2013 01:54 am
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Glued ties down this afternoon as thunderstorms kept me indoors. Took a few weeks off from work to rebuild the grill area of my deck, and other home projects, so you know it has to rain!!!
Next I was planning to rough out the foam landforms, but the lighting of the display seams to be calling for attention. Planning this out now will help keep the surprises down later on (crossed fingers). To keep the heat down I was looking into LED strip lighting. Wow does this open up Pandora's box.
Anything and everything is available in this new technology.
Help!!
Anyone have any suggestions, observations, or lessons learned?

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Here's how I've gotten around heat issues in the past:

1. Keep the top of the layout open, this way heat isn't trapped inside the display.

2. I use florescent lights on my past layouts. They do not put out nearly as much heat. If needed, the light can be supplemented with 1-2 smaller spot lights to light up a scene on the layout such as a special building.

Hope this helps. Of course, everybody does things differently, so maybe something else would work better for you.

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James,
Thank for the input. The open top idea was passed over as in my office I was going to use the top as a shelf to display things, so I closed in the top. I also had seen a few projects done with LED and said "cool, let's try this", went off and finished the top and valance with this style of lighting in mind. Due to the valance overhang depth, only a under counter type fluorescent, or other style compact fixture will fit. I picked up a cheap LED kit from Costco that does multi colours, has a RF controller and transformer. Was going to play with this to work out what's what.
This is when I started the Internet reading and seeing not all LED's are created equal. This is why I am looking for those who have taken the plunge and may have the wisdom (spent the money, made the mistakes) and are willing to share the experience. I am going to search this site and others for more data before I buy the final setup.

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 Posted: Sat Jun 29th, 2013 03:09 am
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Glued in the ties, sanded flat and true. Distressed with a file card. Next step add a little pan pastel in various wood tones and a wash of Hunterline weathering mix;


Painted the sky and add a set of color LED strip lights;

White;

The other colors that can be selected;






Took these with my IPad and the colors look off online. I also plan on using this first color LED to augment the main lighting when to comes in. And also attempt artificial night with the blues.
When I get all the lighting in I will use my camera and a tripod to get true white balanced photos. I need to get a few other objects in the scene to compare the lighting against. These all were taken with the LED at full power. It can be dimmed down to zero.
Will start on the foam landform rough outs next week.



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Looking good there Brad!



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I've been considering using LED strips for lighting.  They look good in your application.   Does it need two rows side by side to make enough light?

There is a 5 meter set on sale today at MidnightBox $24 shipped.

 

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Using LED's for 3 years now. Still think the white in a RGB is to blue. Throw in a strip of warm white to get the color balance in white right..just my thoughts..



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