11th International Model Railroad Convention Report (N-Gauge Diorama Display)

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11th International Model Railroad Convention Report (N-Gauge Diorama Display)
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Today we'll be continuing the 11th International Model Railroad Convention report by JAM, the Japan Association of Model Railroaders.

Here's a look at the Japan Module Layout Club diorama, the biggest display at he convention.
The JMLC has participated in every single one of the eleven conventions, and was even thanked directly by the Association!

In looking at their display, their members told us the details about the making of their diorama.

11th International Model Railroad Convention
11th International Model Railroad Convention
This unusual layout has a lower back side to create the illusion of depth.
The background is actually a station poster they got and modified.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
This cliffside uses a cardboard base! Completely free if you look in the right places!
Making a nice display doesn't have to cost a lot of money.

They made it so you could pull off these scenery parts too. It's not only convenient to move, but also convenient to make changes to the landscape.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
* Series Kiha81 `Hatsukari` (9-Car Set) *Legend Collection
* Series E259 `Narita Express` (6-Car Set)
11th International Model Railroad Convention
* Series 151 `Kodama / Tsubame` (Basic 8-Car Set)
The policecar lights were blinking, thanks to a Tamiya flasher circuit they installed.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
Wondering how they got these cars looking like they really got into an accident?
Well, one of the builders' sons melted the car with a lighter, and upon seeing it he thought, "Why don't I build this into a display?"
Creativity knows no bounds.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
11th International Model Railroad Convention
11th International Model Railroad Convention
This coal mine module was simply amazing. The pier jutting out is stunning, and even more stunning when you find out that it's not a kit but completely hand crafted.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
* The Tree 004 Cherry Blossoms (3 pieces)
11th International Model Railroad Convention
Great pictures from any angle.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
They used a whole lot of trees.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
Fishing boats drifting on what one might mistake for real water.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
11th International Model Railroad Convention
It looks like they used a model castle instead of a structure.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
* Series 201 Chuo Line (Final Formation) (Basic 6-Car Set)
11th International Model Railroad Convention
This is one display you really want to see from below. The mirror in the back gives it some more "size" as well.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
* Series 183-1000 Limited Express (Basic 7-Car Set)
This photo uses a technique common among railway fans, panning. (Photograph by Kapinozuka)
By moving the camera along with the subject, the focus remains clear on it but blurry on the surroundings, giving it a sense of motion and speed.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
I wanted to stick my finger in this frozen Sea of Okhotsk because it looked like real ice and water.

So that's all I have from the JMLC. Thanks again to their awesome members. It was really nice to be able to talk to them.


Bonus Section: Look What Else They Had There!
11th International Model Railroad Convention
They were selling all kinds of "ekiben" (lunches they sell at train stations) at the convention!
11th International Model Railroad Convention
I bought the Shinkansen E4 Type (MAX Lunchbox) and a chicken bento.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
The MAX came with a bonus shinkansen card!
This was a fun little lunch, and they're selling it at the Tokyo, Shinjuku, Ueno, and Oomiya stations between 7/17 and 8/31.
11th International Model Railroad Convention
The chicken bento is the traditional "ekiben" sold at stations like Tokyo and Ueno.
Look for the cute orange checkered basket-looking box!
The great thing about this lunch is that it tastes good even when it gets cold.

And that's it for this time, but stay tuned for more!



- Tominon

P.S. I wish I had the TM for Panning.

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