Adding Light, Movement and Sound
To Your Scale Model Creations

Scale modeling in almost any form benefits from the creative effects of light, animation and sound to add new dimensions to your modeling whether it is a model railroad, a radio controlled plane or car and even model ships.

These are just the supporting cast for your modeling, but often they can take you in a whole new direction when you attempt to run a model train the dark or fly an RC plane in the absence of light.

I have often admired the works of modelers like David K. Smith ,  Rick Spano and William Hubbard, all the while saying to myself, Maybe Someday little realizing that activities such as this need to be planned from the beginning and not “added on” when the Spirit Moves…

That lesson was brought home the hard way when I decided I wanted a water wheel that moved and maybe a little light while I’m at it.

There’s so much to learn…

For instance, how do you power a motor which will turn a water wheel, what size motor is needed and can you use the same power source to light buildings.

Than there was the concept of lighting an RC plane for night flying, I sure can’t do it with an extension cord or a 15-pound dry cell battery…

Join me on another adventure We’ll label “movin and groovin” with apologies to the spell checker.

One of the starting points is an article in the March, 2010 issue of "Scale Modeling Tips and Techniques".

If you missed this issue, you'll find it in the archives.

Got any tips or techniques
to help others light or automate?

Plenty of scale modelers are looking for help on how to automate actions, provide lighting soutions and and sound. Your help and expertise will be appreciated.

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