Mechanical Animation and
Lighting Effects for Layouts
This virtual book is dedicated to my good friend Rick Spano,
who inspired my love
Some modelers have suggested I write a book on the subject. That would be an enormous,
costly effort to produce something that might sell five copies. Others have asked for clinics, which is even less practical for a great many reasons.
The solution was to create a web resource freely available to everyone.
Here I've gathered every one of my animation projects—over fifty of them—in one place, along with ideas for many more, and tied them all together with
core animation concepts to help other modelers create their own effects. I've also summarized my philosophies on the subject as well, if you're interested.
Although nearly all of the projects presented here were done in N Scale, most should be easy to adapt to other scales. Projects range from
falling-off-a-log simple ü to absurdly, mind-bogglingly difficult û.
Boldface projects have been updated with new videos.
Before getting down to it, here are some fundamentals both to help you understand how my animations work, as well as to provide some
groundwork in designing your own.
Lighting effects constitute a different form of animation. They create the illusion of being animated by means of dynamics—that is, changes
in state over time. The projects range from simple to complex to esoteric.
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