Sunday, November 25, 2012


Well, it's been over a year for some of the lamps that are sitting there in my storage, so during the Thanksgiving vacation, I decided to install them on the layout. Well, as for the methods etc. there is nothing much to explain than "drilling holes here and there, fixing the tiny lamps and wire them with the power supply", but the actual work was time consuming given I had to install quite a few at the same time. I will just go with the photos:

As you can see in the last photo, I've also made a small platform for the RDC which should help my tiny commuters get in and out of the coach! :)

More Fall Photos

Now my camera is up and running, here are some more photos of the fall colors:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fall in Wrightsville Port

Well, I think this is the perfect time to model some Fall scene - so here is how Fall looks like in Wrightsville Port:

The big trees are JTT tree kits - mostly in various shades of Green, the Fall mix is JTT set of 60 1.5" - 3" tall plants, shrubs, undergrowth etc. I also included a few home made armatures that I made from dead basil plants.

I now like the way the background blends into the layout - the hill which was supposed to be a transition piece from the layout to the backdrop, and serves its purpose the way I imagined it.

These are snaps using the phone camera, as my camera battery died yesterday night - better shots of the scene and individual trees coming later. Till then - enjoy! :)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Some wonderful holiday gifts - AFTER A LONG TIME

Well, it's been a long, long time since I indulged in some real guilty pleasure, so when one of my best friends was returning to India from Texas, I couldn't help asking her to get a few stuff for me - A small lot of some of the treasures I've been eying for ages!

Now for the sneak peek on the lot:

The trucks made by Herpa - the red and the blue heavy trucks. The depressed flat car on which the red one sits is a Micro-Trains kit.


The black and the white trucks  in the kit, well the containers are not the part of the kit of course!

Here is the rest of the lot - still in packets - trees, a couple of MT box car kits, an oil tanker, Model Power lights, WS biker gang, six Kato cars...

Now, coming to the last bit, one of my most dearest purchases so far - the Kato NW2! and I took the liberty to appoint fat Mack the job of the engineer, along with putting some black paint on the smoke stacks. Here are some photos, and a video.

I have to say it's the best switcher that you can have in N scale! Extra ordinary in detail, with a clear interior cab where you can even put a figure, very nice external detailing, excellent pulling power and slow speed performance - highly recommended for every N scaler!

And now, here is a quick birds eye view of the port - Did I mention that I completed the grain elevator in the mean time? I guess not! :)

Stay tuned for more updates... Yes, there is more... :)