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Hi All I'm looking for advice on the best way to light a cased model. I recently finished the Royal Caroline, and whilst I'm pleased with the display case I've struggled to find somewhere suitable in the house for its permanent home. I thought standing it in front of a mirror would be a neat way of allowing viewers to see both sides of the model, but it just looked confusing and the lighting wasn't great (the photo is deceptive as I used flash): In its present location, it just doesn't get enough light: Before I start drilling holes in the walls or ceiling for picture lights or downlighters, I'd be grateful for any thoughts and advice from anyone who's tackled the same issue. Thanks Derek
My daughter & I finished our co-build, a timber scale model of the Eiffel Tower. I'm not sure what scale it is, but it's about 550mm tall, the base & solid details are Kauri Pine, the structure is from pre-cut American Walnut 2x1 & 1x1mm strips, & the stage levels are 2mm plywood. The top is soldered brass, & the lighting is LED. Our daughter has long been fascinated with this wonderful structure, & because she has always preferred to make something than to play with it I proposed we make something challenging together. It's taken more than 2 years & has been fun, difficult & a great experience all round. A special note is on the the LED lights, which are especially nice & it's worth noting that they came from https://www.smallscalelights.co.uk , the ever helpful Jennifer Smith patiently helped us to resolve a wiring layout & sent the very nice & appropriate small spots. See how the shadowing on the walls is, that's just from these tiny spots. The spotlights are mounted on timber bases, similar to a timber cotton thread spool. The shadowing on the wall is fantastic, & we kept on a table in the corner so that the lighting looks good & it won't get bumped.
It's been a while since we introduced a new how to ship modeling CD so it's been long enough. With all the emphasis on lighting at the model shows and on line, I am proud to present "Lighting Model Ships" by Dave Kopielski. Dave recently finished an astonishing 1/350 scale model of the USS Carl Vinson adorned with tons of LEDs in various colors and sizes and he wrote Flagship Models a CD to show everyone just how he did it. I'm not taking pre-orders because I expect it to go on sale by the weekend for a reasonable $12.95. Get a first look at: Lighting Model Ships
I am building a model shipways Fair American and have been working on a few bits of kit bashing. I like what rafine did with his build: http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/1114-fair-american-by-rafine-model-shipways-kitbashed/page-3 he could only say that he had an old model railroad street light for his. right now I have two different ones that are about right but each has some problems. the two I have are a set of Lionel lights part number 6-24156 and a set of Rail King / MTH part number 30-1062 of the two the Lionel are slightly smaller and closer to scale. but they do not have the framework to look like metal strips that held the top and bottom together. also they have a very simple top and bottom for the lamp. the Rail King parts have a more ornate look , if they were just a bit smaller they would be perfect! both are "O-Scale" and the difference in size is very small. So far what I have is using some of the parts from each I will have one lantern that I think will end up looking right. I am replacing the bulb that came with them with a small yellow led that has a random flicker to look more like an oil lamp. when I get time I will post some pictures of the two types of lamp and my results. the final lantern will be part of my build, here is a link to my build log http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/28-fair-american-by-figuerres-modelshipways-148-kit/