Wednesday, January 31, 2007
2400 yen! I expected some hundreds yen for that, quite different. A lot often special stuff of special equipments cost much more than expected. Especially if it's a snowblower, it goes like that. Snowblowers are not for everyone for daily use like usual cars. By the way, snowblowers are not something you can buy anytime. They are in some exibitions in autumn (before winter people need them!) and they try to sell them out before the winter starts. So even new ones are not available in winter. If your snowblower were broken or out of order and you need to buy new one, you can't!!!! This really bothered me too much some years back. Check out "Buddy da antique snowblower" tribute in our old Earlybird express.
Have to prepare for it.
Brush some water bond along the edge of the lake to spread some balasts. I noticed that rivers and lakes that look blue usually have stone bottom. Those look green usually have sand bottom. No idea there's any rules or whatever though.
Put some small stones to show some big rocks in an incoming river to the lake.
They say realistic water needs to be left for 24 hours to get dried and fixed after being poured. We didn't have "ANY" guest at that night, so it's time for it! Should have not missed the chance. As I needed to put a plastic bag to cover the lake, I put some supporters for it to check they were long enough or not.
Pouring some realistic water at the incoming river. This small one is in a kit for making a fall.
Pouring some realistic water at the lake. I surrounded the lake with 4mms tall boards all around and put some 9mms tall foam polystyrenes because some regular poster to our Japanese blog have adviced to be careful because sometimes the realistic water goes where we never expect if the ground were not horizontal. There's always something unexpected happening!!
Spreading realistic water by a spatula. They say I have to make it 3mms depth or thinner.
An outgoing river from the lake was filled with realistic water.
The lake was also filled with realistic water.
Have to be patient for 24 hours from now on. Some music phrase popped up from me with humming which is one sung long ago, it proves my age!
This pack of balasts costs around 800 yen (500gs), and very suitable size in use. Wish they had this stuff in brown or chest nut color.
Maybe a little bit hard to see though, filled the path opposite side of the lake and the parking area of this side with this balasts.
Monday, January 29, 2007
I thought I was doing alright but noticed it was darker than I expected. Far sighted eyes bothers!!!!!!!!!
Just made the left side a bit slightly greener as a river starts flowing from that side.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
"Hikers at a spring" by Preiser. Attention at the hands of a man at the spring. Even water is created which surprised me! What a detail!! But a pair of old eyes don't work enough good to see that tiny thing :( lol...
Sun Alpine Aokiko ski slope, the lake Aokiko was frozen all over. As you see, it was "all only for you" when you went there early in the morning. This ski slope is connected with Sun Alpine Hakuba Sanosaka and Sun Alpine Kashimayari, you can go and back each other slopes with a common ski pass. Most ski slopes in Hakuba area looks like mountain ski resorts but this ski slope looks a bit different. An elegant lake is beside which I recommend.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The flower is white, and the center is yellow. It looks cool and smells really special. When I put them at the front, they smell slightly which I really feel comfortable.
Not sure when I bought this one but anyway the floor board has already been soldered. The box says "Suha 43" series.
What's these parts for?
I guess perhaps the silver color one is a window frame? But windows are already fixed though... Hum... No boggies found. Maybe modelers have to buy them? Have never tried this kind of kits yet, so no idea at all :( I have tried some pre-colored kits which needed me to screw some bolts and nuts, that was all. I don't have any air-guns to spray paints.
With this way sometimes I open the box just to see the kit without doing anything.
Now it's in charge of pulling a cleaning car. But due to the different coupler, at this moment the cleaning car is just tied up to the loco :( Gotta find a better way, maybe have to find some American couplers because the cleaning car is an American one and the loco is a Japanese one.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Almost remembered my kid's days.
Put some conifers at the background of houses there to hide rails, covered the ground in front of them with green powder to express grasses. Did the beachside with brown powder to express them. Not decided how to do about the path, so just leave it s it is. Tried to put only evergreen tree in front of a bridge which is over a stream, noticed it appeals some visible effect.
Looks like this when you see it from the bridge side.
A Feller mountain restaurant is also located in this area.
T.E.E (Trans Europe Express) train Gottardo is now running behind the trees. Would like to hide it more by putting more trees though. You can see a larger image of this pic by clicking it.
Gottardo keeps going on and on and on.
A JNR (Japan National Railways) electric loco EF60 is pulling a 6 blue train cars behind the trees. When locomotives, passenger cars are painted in similar with green, it looks different from the case of Gottardo.
EF60 and a blue train keep going on.
Came out of the trees.
This is how it looks when you sit in a chair in front of the control board where the power packs are.
Watching out the EF60 train coming out of the trees by sitting on a chair in front of the control board. Many posters at our J-blog say they enjoyed this kind of view by laid sideways putting a textbook of their school just in front of the truck. Now it comes easier here, just by sitting on a chair!
27cms, 24cms, 21cms and 18cms in diameter ( Bottom to top ). They are what we call "Han-Zundoh nabe". Han for it means "middle" or "semi-something". Zundoh means cylindrical. Nabe means pan/s or pot/s. A zundoh nabe is deeper then them. They seem to have something like imbricate pattern at their surfaces because I thought it might have helped not to have any uncomfortable noise when some iron stuff e.g. spoons and themselves touched each other. Nowadays I seldom find that kind of pans in markets, wonder if they are still available or not.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Some express trains e.g
"Washu" ( Wings of eagles ) : Osaka <-> Uno
"Hiei" (A mountain name ) : Osaka <-> Nagoya
"Kanmon" ( The channel between Honshu island and Kyushu island ): Osaka <-> Shimonoseki
"Bingo" ( A region name around east part of Hiroshima pref.) Osaka <-> Mihara
"Naniwa" (An old name for Osaka ) :Osaka <-> Tokyo
etc are still in my memory. They say "Naniwa" had been still in service for some couple of years maybe until October 1968 even after Tokaido Shinkansen got in service from Tokyo to Osaka that's why I have some memories about "Naniwa".
In proportion to Shinkansen started its service further beyond Osaka towards Okayama (1972), Hakata (1975), this 153 series was not able to find any other lines to be active. When I took this pic above in 1976, "Washu" was only available 153 series express train in San-yo main route, but the symbolic big butterfly form signboard was already not located at the front.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Disposable body warmers have some descriptions which says something like
Hold this side out - not to your body
I am not sure why there is a face side and back side at a body warmer. What is the difference, anyone?? And.... for an old man with far sighted eyes,
It's very tough to read these small alphabet!!! lol...
If it's like the one in the pic above, I know it's for outside, not to my body side but some have stripes as well as descriptions in the same color which confuses me a lot. So, if I can ask....
This above is very much simpler and better to understand :)
( The large kanji combination says it's "outside".[ not to your body side])
The hard part is now I can not pronounce English "th" correctly due to no tooth there. Silent "th" is okay, I guess but if it's noise "th" e.g. moTHer, oTHer etc, it's hard to do it.
And... I avoid laughing when I talk with my guests now. It's too funny to see me laughing without a tooth there when I see it in a mirror lol....
Until when I go to see a dentist next time - some more days - I need to stay with this situation which kinda sucks :(
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Water Effect. Looks pretty white, but it gets almost milky white when you leave them for 1 day. Water Effect is to express waves etc at the water surface.
Making the bottom of a lake by some plaster sheets. Cut some 4mms thick board for the lakeside to stop water.
Trial for water gradation. Lake Aoki looks like green but Azusa river looks like blue.
Looks different when you put some realistic water there.
It seemed that electricity didn't reach the rails, so I added a wire around the red arrow to improve it. It works but a function to control motor cars' direction doesn't work now maybe because of this improvement. But anyway it now cleans wheels, yay!
Saturday, January 13, 2007
I wondered why train cars of subway in Europe were smaller than ones in Japan inspite of people there were bigger than Japanese. Same in Athens and Paris. Additionally I found that seats in Metro in Paris were what we called "box seats" on which people sit face to face having the window on their side. When I got on a metro in Paris, I had to turn a handle at the door clockwise and when I got off, I had to turn it counterclockwise!! It was a big culture shock. Perhaps there were no "rush hours" there.