The idea

Knowing what I wanted to do was all well and good, but the next step was working out how to do it, and so I sat down and created a town plan - a schematic - for how to illuminate each modular building;

Lighting_Plan_key

Key:

- yellow rectangles are 'strip lights' - small rectangular sticky strips with 2 LEDs fitted to them.

- yellow circles are 'bit lights' - incredibly small single LED lights that are designed to fit underneath and in between Lego pieces.

- pink rectangles are 'wireless connectors' - can be used between each floor in a modular building without being restricted to connecting cables.

- green squares are 'connecting port boards' - Expansion Boards allow you to connect multiple components to complete a circuit.

With the schematic created, I knew what I needed for each modular building, and so could begin working through the project one building at a time.


Power Changes

With the completion of power to the Pet Shop House, the half way point had been reached, and a break in the modular layout. I had been wondering how to pass the power cable from the Pet Shop house to the Book Store house across the street within the wire showing as I didn't want wires to distract from the lighting effect.

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The Corner

The street is full. There is no more room for another modular to be added to it. This is a problem as I have the Corner Garage to build at some point, as well the Police Station that will be ordered once it is released. Add these two modulars to the desire to still obtain Cafe Corner, Greengrocer, Grand Emporium and Town Hall at some point (fingers crossed!) and I need more room.

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Optician Façade

After the Terrace House façades that were added between two modular buildings to give depth to the display, I wanted something similar that could be seen between the units that is present in the Assembly Square build.

As Assembly Square is full of commercial properties, I decided that a shop front should sit behind it giving the effect of another street sitting behind the Square, and accessible via the small passageway between the cafe and the flower shop.

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Warehouse façade

When I added a façade behind the modular park to hide the back wall, and then did the same thing in the small alleyway gaps between the separate units of Assembly Square and the alleyway of Detectives Office I knew that I would need to do something similar in the gap between Assembly and Downtown Diner. The gap behind the stairs leading up to the gym and record studio were showing the back wall and needed to be hidden.

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