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emkay_777
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Hello all,

 

This is what I put together during my Covid layoff, and I'm wondering what would be a good set of 'street details' to add - traffic lights (non functional), signage, fencing, vending machines, street vendors etc that would accentuate this area.  I've searched the Kato offerings which are sufficient, but am sure there are nicer ones available.  I've perused this scenery topic, but it is extensive.  Hoping that I can find something in North America, as shipping from overseas these days is crazy.

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bill937ca

Sankei and Tomytec offers vending machines.  Nothing really like that outside of Japan. 

 

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10167069

 

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10167066

 

Visual Scene Accessory 068 Automatic Vending Machine A is your basic drink and food vending machine set.

 

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10126838

 

In my files I have translated Japanese article that says this vending machine set with its back to back enclosed campus is where porno is sold. Ha ha ha I would never have known.

 

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10153700

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Tonytramman
10 hours ago, emkay_777 said:

Hello all,

 

This is what I put together during my Covid layoff, and I'm wondering what would be a good set of 'street details' to add - traffic lights (non functional), signage, fencing, vending machines, street vendors etc that would accentuate this area.  I've searched the Kato offerings which are sufficient, but am sure there are nicer ones available.  I've perused this scenery topic, but it is extensive.  Hoping that I can find something in North America, as shipping from overseas these days is crazy.

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great scene, loving the details 

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bill937ca
emkay_777

Many thanks for all the links, Bill - definitely some useful items for me there.  Wish there was a 'local' source (in this context, I consider Canada and U.S. local).  Do you order direct from Japan?

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Yes I order direct from Japan. My last EMS order from Hobby Search arrived this week. it took two months to arrive.

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Sadly there are no good distributors in North America just most Japanese stuff. Kato usa brings over some buildings and of course Unitrak and a few Japanese trains now and then (and then will grumble about supporting them). The last greenmax and Tomix importer closed shop about 6 years back. Walthers did do a deal to carry Tomytec buildings, moving busses, and fine track but at almost 2x Japanese street price and that seems to have flopped as not much seems to be in stock with walther’s now for Tomytec.You can see the inflated prices thru hobbylinc above as I’m sure they are purchasing thru walthers. 

 

best options are buying Direct from japan, and with SAL shipping that can be really reasonable and prices good, but during covid it will be pricier for FedEx and DHL shipping and they have upped their rates here as well.

 

cheers

 

jeff

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Just received my order from Hobby Search today - only took 3 weeks, which is excellent these days.  Mostly got scenery details, and one of two Kato diotown skyscrapers I have been searching for.  Funny how the smallest of details adds the most to a scene.  I opted for the Kato offerings as I could find all I needed at Hobby Search, and therefore, one shipping cost (albeit a hefty one as they can only ship EMS) but it was worth it in the end as others on this forum have waited for months.  They didn't, however, have the grade crossing signals and gates that I need (if anyone has any they can spare . . . ). 
 

https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10024651

 

Next I'll be adding pedestrians which was also in that order, and advertising on the skyscrapers, which I ordered from Model Railway Signs in the UK yesterday.  Oh, and kind member directed me to a hobby shop in Calgary that has (as of 3 weeks ago) several Kato diotown buildings in stock - didn't think I was ever going to find them. . . 

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Madsing

Really nice. I love these street views!

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JR 500系

Very nice! Love these street scenes that brings the layout to life! Gotta watch out for that long Jomo tanker though 😛

 

I like how there is a spacing in between buildings that created a nice back alley sight.... And the side walk looks great! Can you share how you made the side walk?  🙂

 

Just a gentle suggestion, perhaps you would like some railway crossing to make the tracks and the road overlap?  

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Funny you should mention the road - I can engineer, design and CNC cut or 3D print almost anything I need, but simple road art eludes me.  My attempt was dimensionally done in CAD (that was easy) then exported to Inkscape, where I print the roads out on heavy cardstock.  My goal was to get at least semi-prototypical road markings - FAIL.  Maybe it's my lack of knowledge of Inkscape, or it's not the right program to do it in.  The online tutorials are good but I can't seem to find exactly what I need.  Any suggestions would be appreciated, especially the grade crossings which are a little tricky because they are on a curve.

Sidewalk construction was pretty easy - its just a textured concrete picture printed out and glued over 1/8" baltic birch plywood, cut to suit.  This might be the one I used : https://www.textures.com/download/floorsregular0204/21948
If I didn't already have the plywood, I would have gone a little thinner.

 

Oh, and here is the other end of my (3-1/2' X 9') layout - still a work in progress.

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