8. Animation and Special Effects
When I began this layout, the only animation I had planned was the water wheel on the mill. Then I was pressed for more ideas by a friend, and I then thought of making fireflies. After that, I decided to use the gas station I was rebuilding for a diorama. Repairing it also helped repair my confidence, so I started to imagine all sorts of possibilities for animation and special effects; note that a number of them came about as jokes. They're listed in the order they were conceived, more or less.
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I added lighting as a separate category because some of the effects are worth noting, but aren't "special effects" per se; the distinction I make is if the lights change, then it's a special effect.
Yes, the Mountain Vista has sound! But not locomotive sound, which I detest. These environmental effects play very softly in the background via a sound control box.
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