Landing Paddragonflies7033 made this N-scale landing pad for our LED competition and yes, that is a Lego shuttle; and why not? To be honest I'm surprised that we don't see more Lego in use on the gaming table. Anyway, over to dragonflies7033:

N-scale is usually considered 1:160 scale, so 3/4 of an inch is 10 feet. I like to use this small scale for Star Wars so that rifles actually have an advantage over blasters. Plus it means that Jedi have to work to reach enemies firing from catwalks, towers, or in this case, the roof of a warehouse. It also means that things like AT-STs can be made at a reasonable size. The figures shown are about 7 feet tall since they are in power armour, and are 12 mm or 1/2" depending on how you measure them.

Step 1 was to find some suitably shaped plastic boxes to use as the basis of the structures. I wanted a model that made good use of height, so I chose a large plastic video game controller box for the warehouse, and a salad box on a foam disc for the landing pad.

Landing Pad

The electronics aspect of the project (a requirement for the competition) was way outside my comfort zone even after reading TerraGenesis' article on How to light an LED, so I decided to keep it simple: no fancy flashing lights, just four solidly lit beacons to guide the pilots in to land.

The LEDs were rated at 1.8v each / 20 mA. My power supply was 2x AA batteries, giving me 3 volts, not enough for series, so I had to do parallel, no big whoop, just more soldering. (If that last sentence doesn't make sense, check out this article.) Resistance needed was 68 ohms, but my local radio parts stores didn’t have them, so I stepped it up to the nearest value which was 100 ohms. The guy at Radio Hut (name changed to protect the innocent) said “dude, they don’t make those, that’s a really odd number”. Not true by the way, 68 ohms is a commonly available value (except at my local shop it would seem).

Landing PadIn the image to the right we see everything connected up as I began to apply an initial coat of black paint. The battery pack and the switch are in the 'warehouse', and the LEDs wiring is coiled up beneath the landing pad.

Additional details have been added to the top of the warehouse including the plastic from a blister pack of pins. The walkways are strips of card with plastic window mesh stuck on top to give them a gridded texture.

The landing pad itself is a round granny grid. Drops of paint were strategically dropped to form the X markings that you see in the finished piece.

Other than that, it was simply a case of painting and applying flock in the usual manner to complete the model.

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