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  1. Hello, Yet another amateurish work in progress here. The track and the railway bridge are yet to be laid / built, but this square-footage is supposed to be reminiscent of parts of Kyoto or Kurashiki, with a small canal flowing through an inner-city scene, with cherry-blossoms beside and overhanging the canal. Due to budget constraints, all but two of the structures are free cardboard downloads from the WWW (with the other two being scratchbuilt). Their origins are a bit eclectic, with a couple of US gas station buildings, a small Queensland corner shop, a German 1920s kiosk and a US "Haunted House" on the scene, whilst the namesake bridge in the module is intended for Viking wargaming. Everything else is Japanese in origin(three of the shops are resized dolls' houses, though). The vacant lot, when I muster the courage to make the attempt at building something so fiddly, will be occupied by either a small temple or a five-storied pagoda.
  2. Talking of (imaginary) monorails, there's always the Streamline Express of 1935. http://arteyferrocarril.blogspot.com/2012/02/siguiendo-el-hilo-de-via-libre-560.html (the full movie is available on You Tube, if anyone wants to see it)
  3. Ginza

    Thanks. Ginza itself has an island platform (which will help to hide the fact that the stopping trains on the layout don't have opening doors), whilst Tawaramachi (and Inaricho -- I can't quite decide which station to use for the other side) have side platforms.
  4. Ginza

    Hello all, I have been trying to figure out for a while how to believably use two Kato models of Tokyo Metro 01-type trains. An idea which didn't go anywhere was to model Asakusa Station terminus (G-19), which is a station I became familiar with between 2009 and 2012. But now the idea of Ginza and Tawaramachi Stations on a 2' x 4' table is taking hold, with the surface level on the Ginza being the Ginza Intersection, showing the entire block of Chuo Dori that contains the Wako department store and Mikimoto Pearls' main store. A four-foot-by-14-inch rectangle should be able to show this, plus half of Chuo Dori roadway, all of Harumi Dori and the famous circular building with the Ricoh billboard at its top. At present, from what I can determine, the Mikimoto building has been demolished and its replacement is under construction. Does anyone here have any idea what the new building will look like (although the Type 01 trains will be rather anachronistic with that building), or have any decent photos of the old building that's no more. Also, does anyone know where I can source models which can be used to or adapted to represent any of the other buildings? I think a pair of Tomytec's 039-2 "Contemporary Office Tower" could be used for the "Ricoh" building on the corner, but that's about all I can find that is currently commercially available. I know I'm stretching things a bit to ask of another favour, but where can I find information about what is in the subterranean arcades beneath Chuo Dori and Harumi Dori, between street level and station level, and what the platform of the Ginza Line station actually looks like? It is nearly three years since I was last in Japan, and at present it is going to be rather difficult for me to get the opportunity to head north again to, among other things, research this matter. I attach a Google Earth overhead view of the relevant part of Ginza, with (I hope) an added rectangle to show the area which could be modelled.
  5. Papercraft Models

    Papercraft models of Honda kei cars, including a 1:1 model! http://www.honda.co.jp/N/papercraft/en/
  6. An Ivorian trains this time ...

    Very nice.
  7. Gerry's N Scale Japanese Design

    No. I thought the Harry Potter series were very derivative of much greater works (e.g.: "Tom Brown's Schooldays").
  8. Gerry's N Scale Japanese Design

    Art Deco was the modern "international" style of the era. Personally, I always thought that Ueno Station looked vaguely similar to the UK Southern Railway's Surbiton Station.
  9. Hello from Brisbane, Australia.

    Hello Jason. At least now I know I'm not the only person in Brisbane trying to model Japan's railways :)
  10. Wakarimasen

    Sure. They come from various sources, though. The police station is actually a British WW2 airport control tower. http://kampfgruppe144.com/downloads_All_00.htm is the URL. For a lot of the others, I tend to go through a portal such as Papermau and hunt around for something I can download. Most of the Japanese spec. houses were found through that way. The "modern farmhouse" comes from Kiyama House Plans' website. It is all in Japanese, but if you click on the "PDF" button you should be okay. There are two models there -- one is in 1:100 scale, the other is in 1:150. The other new house (at the station end of the narrow street) is from the Tokaworks website. The models are all in 1:150 scale. All of them have printed windows. In a moment of brainless inventiveness, I cut out all the windows and replaced them with clear acetate, and also inserted internal floors, walls, and some rudiments of furniture (most of which will be invisible to the viewer). The scratchbuilt small houses (such as the triangular one at the back) were made through floorplans taken from Japanese real estate websites (mostly Kyoto). Century 21 is a good source, I find, as is the "Kyoto Real Estate" website. (rooms are measured by the number of tatami mats that will fit in them, and a tatami mat is about 6' long and 3' wide. Doors are generally about 6' high, so scaling from a floor plan is usually pretty easy). Instructions are rarely in English, but I have found that instructions are rarely necessary, as the parts are laid out in a pretty self-explanatory way. Have fun, and good luck :)
  11. Wakarimasen

    I know. :)
  12. Wakarimasen

    The village level crossing is now protected, somewhat unprototypically, by Peco UK manual crossing gates. More paper buildings have virtually finished the village now, including a police station that is a paper model of a WW2 RAF control tower. Now it needs to be baby-proofed again...
  13. Wakarimasen

    After three months of horrifying distractions, I've come back to the tabletop to install piano hinges on the lids and LED strip lights to emulate "daylight" on each side. The retaining wall on the gorge side is a bit more believable than before. The new, triangular house in the village is cardboard and built from a floor plan found on a Kyoto real estate website. The original house has a footprint of 20 square metres (215 square feet) and can be bought for 7800000円. My scratchbuilding skill still isn't quite up to scratch, I'm afraid, but I think it might be improving. At least it doesn't look like a standard Kato/Greenmax/Tomytec plastic model. :)
  14. Little Display

    It's nearly finished. Most of the contents (including all but two of the road vehicles) are "free" cardboard models taken from the Internet. Pretty much all it needs now is some lighting, a signal, crossing barriers and people to be complete.
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