Operation Dark Winter - HO scale micro layout

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  1. danielb

    danielb Full Member

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    Andy, my apologies for not being a bit more specific.

    I've got a load of HO scale street lamps which are white LEDs which will be used to light the bridges and possibly the yard.

    The blue LED reel is to light the whole layout, and will be stuck on the underside of the APA box lid, which will be placed over the layout to create a "shadow box" as it were. Lighting a layout with blue LEDs does give an excellent "moonlight" type effect, as demonstrated in here:

    https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/32405

    I already have a reel of white LEDs which might end up going alongside the blue ones for if I want to do a "day/night" cycle. We'll see how things go.
     
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    Not so much an electronics shop, “The Range” and other similar places sell these bottle LED’s..

    but, that’s useful to know!! I can see a trip over there via W&D models coming up!
    (On a side note, went to the Model shop in the old railway building at Tuxford the other day... nice little place if folk haven’t visited, but you have to ask the security guard for access to the site... which almost fits back in with Daniels layout!)
     
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    Ah, see what you mean! Yes.
    That will be good! :thumbs:
     
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    The Goods Yard?

    Great shop to visit, I got loads of stuff from them when I first got back into the hobby many years ago. My patronage wavered when I moved onto US prototypes, but now I'm back also modelling British prototypes I might nip over there again at some point.

    Did you catch anything running on the Network Rail test track that runs alongside the estate? They've got some sort of works shed there if I remember correctly. I believe the place was "run" using a Class 08. They did at one point pay for the restoration and refitting of a Class 37 by a preservation society to run on the test track, but couldn't get approval to bring it over there, I believe. :)
     
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    Yep, that’s the place.

    no there was nothing moving. Old signal box turned up sitting on the ground, which suggests someone here has some long term plans for the place.
    Didn’t know there were locos there too.
     
  6. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Not wishing to veer off topic, but there is also a model shop apparently called "Sudbury Junction" in the Courtyard at Sudbury just off the A50, DE6 5EB. I've not been personally (yet) but a friend has recommended the place, no new stuff, just secondhand and mainly 00 gauge I gather.
    Keith.
     
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    Good to know Keith. :)

    I might pop down there myself at some point.
     
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    The blue LED reel turned up the other day, and I mocked up a quick test of the "night time" lighting. It's clear that it's VERY blue, and further testing is required.

    I'm thinking I'll need to test it in a fully lit room to begin with - as that's what most exhibition halls will be, after all.

    I'll also need to wire up and install the scale street lamps to see what they do to even out the effect. then I'm going to keep reducing the amount of blue LEDs on the layout until I find a happy medium.

    For now, test number 1:

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  9. Keith M

    Keith M Staff Member Moderator

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    Try a lower voltage Dan. If you have any 'Wall warts' with perhaps 9 or even 6 volts DC output, give that a go and see if it helps. No different to adding in resistance, just quicker to try.
    Keith.
     
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    May also be worth using a coloured acetate over them to filter some colour out... I read that when the Dambusters did training in WW2 they wore yellow goggles and put blue filters in the windows to simulate night time in the day.
    No idea how successful that was, but they smashed two dams?

    (or it may have been blue goggles and yellow windows)
     
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