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Army_Air_Force

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  1. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    Nov 24th 2016 - Control panel and turnout switch labels made and fitted.
  2. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    The electronics were also covered up with a screw on hatch. Looking quite smart now!
  3. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    Nov 17th 2016 - I started making the sign for on top of the station, and also painted the edge of the baseboard black to tidy it up.
  4. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    No exhibitions yet, because until recently, we didn't have any locos or rolling stock that matched the theme. Now we do, the end part of this story, which will be posted over the next few days.
  5. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    After school, we set the layout up in the workshop where we could get all around it, had a bit of a play. Most of the layout was now complete, bar a few details, but we hadn't addressed the rolling stock at all. The Ponyville side of the layout. The Everfree Forest and Crystall Empire side.
  6. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    An additional white LED was placed on the ground, shining directly at the heart, causing reflections as it spins. Here's the base of the empire in all its colours.
  7. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    Thanks. Sometimes doing something in a completely new direction to usual, brings challenges and techniques you wouldn't normally use. This was a bit of a whacky. novelty layout, but still presented some challenges to overcome. The thatched roofing with Milliput and a fork was an experiment, but it seemed to work well, so there's another technique to save away for future dioramas. Nov 15th 2016 - I got the crystal heart fitted and working, plus some additional white LED's which shine up the small round towers, illuminating the tops. I found these LED's wouldn't switch off, either being very bright or dim. It took a while to trace the short to an internal one in the on/off switch. After swapping the switch, all was well.
  8. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    The last couple of shots show the workshop lights dimmed and the LED's causing the Crystal Empire to glow. The light reflects up the polished surfaces, but is scattered along all the cuts where the acrylic was cut and wet sanded, but not polished back to clear.
  9. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    Some smaller pieces of acrylic square section were cut and polished and glued in place around the edge forming crystals emerging from the ground. Foliage was then glued in place around the bases of these crystals. The glue was still wet in this shot, so the foliage darkened down once dry. The rainbow LED's were wired up and then epoxied into holes in the ground. The legs of the Crystal Empire had some 5mm holes drilled in them to allow the Empire to locate on top of the LED's. It needed to be removable to store the layout in the wardrobe. The LED's cycle through multiple colours. The four LED's start synchronised but after a few cycles, start to drift out of sync, creating a rippling of colour changes around the building.
  10. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    An old servo motor was modified as the geared motor to drive the heart around. This was mounted inside the tunnel, just behind the control panel. On top of the tunnel, I skinned it with some metallic sparkle finish plastic.
  11. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    Nov 14th 2016 - I was going to turn some cones from some acrylic bar to top parts of the Crystal Empire, but a trip to a craft store found some clear acrylic multi-faceted cones that saved me a lot of effort. While at the craft shop, I got some multi-faceted clear hearts for the 'Crystal Heart' that spins at the centre of the Crystal Empire. The hearts were flat backed, and chromed on the flat side. Two were glued around some steel wire, with a thin clear acrylic spacer to take up the wire thickness.
  12. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    Over the last 15 years, I've bought several Gaugemaster controllers, but they all got sold on with the layouts they were connected to. So this stone age controller from the 1970's is all I have left at present. Next time I build a layout for myself, I'll probably get another Gaugemaster unit again.
  13. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    I didn't have any gas for my torch at the time, and with small pieces, wet & dry paper was safer.
  14. Army_Air_Force

    An 'MLP' modelling thread for your Daughter - Curious??

    Where else!!! Ebay!
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