Alberi

The landscape – Semptember 2014

Now we need to finish the work in the areas that will be hard to access when the overhead lines are installed.

We start from the track side and shape and position the polystyrene slopes blocks.

 Polystyrene slopes blocks
Polystyrene slopes blocks

We fix the blocks with vinyl glue, hand shaping them if necessary, utilising their flexibility.

 Polystyrene slope blocks
Polystyrene slope blocks

We continue positioning the blocks on the side opposite to the buildings.

  Polystyrene slope blocks
Polystyrene slope blocks

The Blocks are now complete and blended into the rest of the landscape. We just have to wait for the vinyl glue to dry.

  Polystyrene slope blocks
Polystyrene slope blocks

We coat the blocks with plaster and a coloured mixture . The initial very dark shade will tend to lighten considerably over time.

Coloured plaster
Coloured plaster

We refine the grouting and coloring.

Plaster painting
Plaster painting

We then proceed with the grass planting . We use 13mm, 6mm and 3mm fibers scattered with our “home-made electrostatic tool”.

Grass planting
Grass planting

Let’s proceed with the road side planting. We use common undiluted vinyl glue.

Grass planting
Grass planting

Now let’s make the undergrowth, this is made up of various colors bushes and small shrubs.

Undergrowth
Undergrowth

We plant new self-built trees with copper wire and Busch turf foliage to the left of the area.

Trees
Trees

We then finish the planting on the track side. In this area we are figuring uncultivated and abundant vegetation.

Tracks side planting
Tracks side planting

Vegetation is also high near the sidings.

Tracks side planting
Tracks side planting

After installing the  AKA Models street lighting we test the final effect. Truly a beautiful night time scene.

Night lighting effect
Night lighting effect

We have installed 3 types of street lamp posts:
Modern: excellent fine posts and precise detail in the ceiling light with the classic orange diffuser.
Bowl lamp: nice base detail and bright opalescent sphere.
Cone lamp: very small size.

Street lamp posts
Street lamp posts

This is an overview from the opposite side to the previous picture.

Station night overview
Station night overview


Our traffic light, built a long time ago, no longer holds a candle to the detail of the new accessories. We decide to replace it with the one designed for AKA Models, made to exact scale.

The level of detail is remarkable, considering the dimensions are to exact scale. The traffic light has three tiny 0402 LEDs, but with a real life colour tone and brightness.

Traffic light
Traffic light

Below is a test board operation video.
The control board with Microchip technology provides the following features:
a) driving one or two pairs of synchronized traffic lights
b) brightness control for individual lights
c) test mode
d) Italian mode (without yellow between red and green)
e) European mode (with yellow between red and green)
f) night mode with flashing yellow

The board provides three selections / programming buttons and additional outputs for connection to an external keyboard (*optional)

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