model buildings

 

 

Lighting Tips for
Model Buildings

LED lights

Led lights can be very effective

 

By Contributor Paul Henry

Building model railroads can be one of the most enjoyable and engaging hobbies. You can keep at it for hours on end without getting bored for a second.

The great thing about this hobby is that it is an activity that can be fun when you do it on your own, as well as when you have your family and friends involved with your trains. If you don’t want to start the task on your own or if it becomes too time consuming or too difficult to handle by yourself, you can always make a project out of it. Your kids (if you have any) can help you look for various supplies, painting model railroad buildings and even searching for items out in the yard for scenery. You can get your friends/family to suggest ideas or do some research for you, make some prints or even send you some objects from abroad. There are many ways to get your family involved in this thrilling activity.

Constructing your own model scenery can be an interesting if not a somewhat strenuous task. It can become hard at times, mixing just the right paints or using the perfect products to come up with scenery that looks completely life-like. But hey, this is where all the fun is right?

One thing that most new hobbyists find difficult is lighting up their model railroad buildings. If you too have been having difficulty in doing this, here are some excellent lighting tips for you.

Miniature Bulbs

These can work wonderfully for railroad buildings. You put them inside as well as the outside of the buildings. Of course you would have to be careful with the wiring or you may cause a fire, or end up getting a complete blackout in your miniature model town!

Tiny LED Lights

LEDs are a true life saver for model railroad lovers. They can be installed anywhere and are available in a variety of colors. Depending on the model scale you use, you can select very small or medium sized LED lights. They are easy to install and there are relatively risk-free when it comes to electrocution.
If you have a carnival or fun fair in your model railroad, you can place many colorful LED lights to display a life-like scenario. Imagine how wonderful they would look on the merry-go-round and the Ferris Wheel.

One other option for LED lighting is using LED strips. These are available in a variety of lengths and you can stick them anywhere inside a building. They last for as long as 50,000 hours, which means around 6 years if you keep them on 24 hours a day!

Fiber Optics

This is one of the best options for when you want to light up a structure that is so small that small bulbs or LED’s don’t fit. What you have to keep in mind though is that fiber optics doesn’t exactly project light, so they can’t be used to ‘see by’. You can place fiber optics in places like theater marquis, accessory lights like lamps, TV, amusement parks, etc.

Tip

Make sure to secure all the wires. Not only does it protect you from an electrical blackout, it would also make your model railroad safer for kids. Also, don’t keep the lights turned on all the time. Only open them up when you are displaying your model.

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BIG-BUNDLE PACKAGE #1  BIG-BUNDLE PACKAGE #2

model railroad engine shed

Sheds for Locos

model shop

Model of a Shop

bus shelter model

Bus Shelter Models

grain barn silo model

Barn & Grain Silo Model

Restaurant model building

Model 2 Storey Building

Factory Model Building

Factory or Warehouse Building Model

model railway depot

Railroad Depot for Freight

model train station

Country Railway Station

low relief building

Buildings - Low Relief

telegraph office

Telegraph Railway Office

 

These printable kits don't require painting or weathering. That is already done to a high quality for you. So you won't need an airbrush, weathering pastels, india ink or anything like that. The weathered stratches, cracks etc are already on the designs. All you need to do is print out the plans (PDF) and glue them to cardstock. Then follow the simple instructions to complete the kit assembly.

You can print out more than one copy of each model railroad building using the same PDF plan, so it's not like buying plastic model kits where you would need to buy two plastic kits to make two buildings. As an example; the telegraph office (featured above) could be printed out several times using the same plan. You might decide to make a row of little railroad houses from the plan instead of making a stand alone telegraph office.