First off, allow me to say how incredible I think it was for all of you to compile and graciously share such a plethora of information on how to accuratize and create a high quality model.† The painting guide alone has made an immeasurable impact on the overall appearance of my model.
My question is specifically how to balance light within the model.† Iíve looked through as many lighting threads as I could find, and found plenty of information on lighting the model, but not much about balancing the light.† Iíve ďretro-fittedĒ my model to retain light as much as I could (the decks arenít glued together yet, nor are they in the hull, but the walls are in place), painted the hull white, painted the inside of the walls silver and glued aluminum foil to the undersides of the decks and the bottom of the hull.† Iím currently trying to decide how many CCFLís I need to use and what size/arrangement, and how Iím going to diffuse and distribute the light.† Iím thinking 2x 2Ē CCFLís placed low in the hull with either a white cloth or sheet plastic above it to disperse the light.† It seems like one CCFL would be impossible to achieve a balanced look, but Iím wary of using more than two (or any bigger CCFLís for that matter) because Iíd rather not over-light the model.† I read one such post which described the light in a first class stateroom as 1-2 foot-candles over most of the roomÖ thatís quite dim!† Finally, I was hoping to use a yellow saran wrap or tissue paper to change the hue to something a little warmer. My end goal isnít necessarily 100% perfect or accurate lighting, I donít think Iím skilled enough to handle the fiber optics in the masts (this is only my third plastic model, and the first one that Iíve used ďproperĒ modeling technique on).† Rather, Iím looking for a nice daylight model with a lit hull and superstructure, and if Iím feeling ambitious, I might try to add fiber optic decklights.
I know that Art and a few others are reluctant to share their methods until they refine them and complete their models, but if anyone has any suggestions I'd greatly appreciate it!
#46154, "RE: Balanced lighting" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome, and it's great that you've taken the time to research this issue. As you've found, there's a wealth of information in the archived forum posts.
Minus a couple refinements, I'll tell you that the way you've theorized handling the problem is precisely the way to go - you're dead on target. It's just a matter of degrees as far as how much you add to dim things down.
#46337, "RE: Balanced lighting, promenade/boat deck lighting" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks Art for affirming my approach... though I'm finding that nothing ever really turns out precisely as planned.
I've switched to LED's because they're a bit easier to get a hold of, and I can use a number of them spread out to distribute the light a little more evenly and then add in some resistors/a potentiometer to keep the light down.
I'm noticing however that while light-proofing has made for a much better appearance in that the decks no longer glow, the promenade on A deck and even the boat deck seems significantly darker than it should be. I haven't rigged any decklights yet, but my understanding is that those are really for show and don't provide any actual light. I'm curious as to whether anyone might have a few tips on how to accurately light these areas?