Manufacturers of building models often supply a black paper light mask. Unfortunately these ligth masks are nog very effective. This results in light shining through the walls. A better technique is to paint the outside walls of your buildings black. This results in wall that let not pass any light at undesired places. I use the following tricks to make this work:
|The normal bulbs using 12-16Volt, sometimes produce an
unrealistic amount of light. Therefore I use two different voltages for light. 16V AC and
8.5V AC. 16V lamps still work well when supplied with 8.5Volt. In the picture I show how
to do this using a Marklin 6647 transformer. As you see I use The common (O) for switching
light on or of. The advanage is that I can use one switch for lamps using different
voltages. The 16V lamp is supplied using the yellow wire from the (L) port on the
transformer. The reduced voltage comes from the driving output (B). The only disadvantage
is that you will need a separate transformer for light.
By the way, I have drawn here a red wire. On my layout I use green wires for reduced voltage light. This is a more clear color scheme.
It is not so important which scheme you use, but take some time to work it out and be very consistent once you made your choice.
If you switch off all the lights in the room to enjoy the lights on your layout, the rural and mountain areas will be very dark. In a photoshop you can buy a yellow lamp for a photography dark room. Mount this lamp above the mountains and rural area and the moon will shine.
|You can make leaded windows quite easy if you scan the window
mask delivered with your model. If hte masks are black, you should cut out the windows
using the masking functions of your paint program. A simple solution is to invert the mask
and paint the black parts white.
Then print the mask on sheets for an overhead projector. You will need special sheets for an inkjet printer normally. Printing should be done on the rough side. The rough side should be the outside side of the building, the other side is very glossy, which looks unnatural. These sheets are relatvely expensive, so make some test prinst first to verify that you maintained the right size during copying. because you can see through the windows, you should hide the lamps to a place that is invisible directly. One soluting is to hang the lamps under the roof. Another solution is to hide the lamps in a box constructed with Evergreen plates.
Page updated on 30/12/2001
Copyright © 2001 Rudolf Jan Heijink