Softcover, 8.5 x 11, 2012, 96 pages, charts, diagrams and 120 color photographs.The projects in Realistic Animation, Lighting & Sound originally appeared as articles in Model Railroader magazine. The material has been updated where ever possible with more current information.Through clear line drawings and close-up color photography, the author provides an invaluable step-by-step procedural for some of the intricate projects that are the feature of this neat book. Presenting ideas and making them work is the goal here. If you want to enliven your layout and turn it into the dynamic display you know it can be, then this is the book for you. It is not too sophisticated, yet it gets the job done for you. You don't have to be an electrical engineer to turn your layout into a showpiece. This book shows you how to do it and walks you through the process!
This completely redesigned edition is designed to help modelers use current technology to add interest and action to their model railroad layouts. Enthusiasts will learn how to install streetlights and building lights, use fiber optics, and simulate neon sign lighting. Just look at the Table of Contents!Contents: 1. Animation on the Lone Pine & Tonopah 2, Build a working wig-wag signal 3. How to animate overhead doors 4. Simple rotating signs 5. Build an operating tunnel curtain 6. Moving vehicles for your HO or N layout 7. Build an operating windmill 8. Build a working track scale 9. Operating gates for industrial spurs 10. Working 3-position semaphores 11. Add video animation to structures 12. Loading and unloading coal 13. Modeling platform and building lights 14. Add lights to your structures 15. Lighting scenes on your model railroad 16. Painted power 17. Pickup lights and a campfire 18. Light passenger car interiors with DCC 19. Train-order signals with DCC 20. Light up the night with neon 21. Fiber optics in model railroading 22. Layouts should be seen -- and heard!