The platform is detailed, the signs are hung, the roof is weathered and the lights are on. Yup, looks finished to me.
Details, Details, Details
I like loads of detail in my structures, both to give them character and to help tell the story. This last week was spent creating lots of little details for the depot.
Platform details. These are mostly resin and white metal castings from various sources, painted with artists acrylics. I use an airbrush to get even coverage and some variations in the color. The tinier details were painted with a tiny brush.
More platform details. The big trunks are castings from Wiseman. Some of the smaller suitcases were made from bits of strip-wood with music wire handles.
You can paint just about anything with acrylics, but wood, metal and plastic all need to be primed first. This batch of details has just been primed with a rattle-can enamel.
Pot-bellied stove and coffeepot for the depot.
Stove and other details installed inside.
A broom for sweeping up.
Signs and smoke-jack ready to install. The signs are made from paper, wire and wood. The smoke-jack is from Grandt Line.
Lights and Sounds
With a detailed interior like this, it's nice if people can actually see it. I decided to add LED lighting to the structure, along with some digital telegraph sounds with an ITT Products sound module.
LED lighting. One of the bulbs provides a lantern-like flicker.
The LEDs provide a nice warm glow.
Only one flicker bulb was used because a little flicker goes a long way.
Here are the components of the ITTP sound system, a 9v DC transformer (also used for the lights) the sound module and a 2" speaker. Hook-up was super easy and the sound is great. I can highly recommend ITT Products.
Okay! I think that covers it for the Thunder Mesa Depot project. It's amazing how much can be packed in to such a small structure. Thanks for stopping in! Here's two more for the road.