I needed a corner building for the backdrops, so the overly 'thin' Auhagen kit was a good candidate for some rather generic-looking city apartments over shops/retail. I dispensed with the original ground floor provided with the kit for my own more appropriate city-style ground floor.
The technique is to use laser-printable transparency sheets made for overhead projectors (Note: some of you younger folks might want to look up what an 'overhead projector' is as they seem to have been replaced by much fancier computer / LED projectors! :-) ). Anyway, the trick is to layer several strips of the design (designed in a drawing program on my computer) with the letter areas left 'white': which will show up clear when you print and allow light through. A final layer with colored letters (and the Amstel logos) goes over the top. Its a fair amount of work, printing, and trial and error for a result that is only just okay. I need to work out the kinks on this approach.
- One SMD LED on the rooftop to illuminate the advertising sign on the roof.
- One 6 SMD LED section of LED strip on the ceiling interior to illuminate the apartments.
- 3 'clear white' 3mm LED's for the Cafe sign back-lighting and the cafe interior.
- 2 ' sunny white' 3mm LED"s for the Auhagen shop next to the Cafe.