Finished Long Painted Backdrop

I stared building a new tinplate layout after Thanksgiving last year.  After I finished laying track, I figured that the backdrop was the next task since buildings and other scenery are closer to the table edge.  I have close to 120 feet of wall that requires a backdrop.  My criteria included relatively low cost and not too labor intensive.  I started by picking a sky color and painting the walls.  The ceiling has recessed lighting that gives the impression of a lighter blue at the bottom and darker blue at the top.  The lighting effect eliminated the need to spray while haze near the bottom of the sky.  I copied Charlie Comstock's method of clouds, they turned out great!  The pictures don't render the blue or the clouds properly - the blue has more color and the clouds really look three dimensional.  I have two airbrushes that were my Dad's - a Binks wren and a Binks raven.  The clouds were airbrushed.  Three colors were used for mountains of varying distance.  Highlights and shadows were added with the airbrush, the tree effect was stippled on with a brush, and I finished with a few yellow highlights.  It turned out much better than anticipated and only took about six weeks.

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