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Re: Scene divider or steep hill?

ACL Fred ·
Would it be possible to use building fronts or rears (depending on your preference) to cover the rock walls making your switching yard more industrial in appearance. It might take some creative roof lines or roof top ad-on to cover all the peaks & such. You could paint any remaining exposed rock a sky blue and on the canyon side hide any square corners with smaller rock outcroppings.
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Russell ·
I see your issue. Have you thought about a few Flats with a couple inches of tapered side to make them appear deeper? Obviously the one on the end would have to be a full, if possibly narrow building. It can show from both sides if placed at the end of the wall. A freight warehouse with loading dock facing the track would look good there.
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Re: Scene divider or steep hill?

Jim Policastro ·
On our 8'x10' club layout, we took the scenic divider approach (city on one side and rural on the other). The irregular shape of the divider made it easier to hide the edges. A fairly short piece of styrofoam rock (visible behind the cemetery and to the left of the blue building in the third photo) hides the small amount of edge. On my home layout, the edge of a scenic divider is hidden by wrapping the scenery around the edge from table top height almost to the top of the divider. Actually...
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Re: Scene divider or steep hill?

reimerux ·
Here is an update to what I ended up building. As suggested, I went with Option 1 to use a steep hill and fill it with puffball trees/bushes. I think it came out nice and provides a lot of visual interest. The canyon is really coming together well and it provides this secluded feeling. On the city side I am building flats against the wooded steep hill. Despite my fears it does not look too crowded. Thanks for your comments. City view Bird eye view with city and canyon canyon (sorry for the ...
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Scene divider or steep hill?

reimerux ·
I have a small layout and am trying to make a decision on how to best structure the scenery.The goal is to have two separate scenes - a canyon and a switching yard. Both lead into a large hill at the end of the layout. The problem with the current...
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Dunham Studios amazing "Combo Layout"

Dunham Studios ·
In 2001 Clarke designed and we built a wonderfully detailed HO layout, called The Boston & Maine, for a client in Massachusetts. Over a couple of years as his imagination led him here and there the client added to his layout and subtracted from his layout and added to his subtraction. And then he traded it all in on an entirely new layout. In 2007, a potential client in Tennessee asked Clarke whether he could rework the Massachusetts layout for him adding a the beautiful seaport he had...
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Re: Dunham Studios amazing "Combo Layout"

Dunham Studios ·
Clarke added photos of "how it began". Note the hand (artist) painted backdrop.
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Re: Dunham Studios amazing "Combo Layout"

Dunham Studios ·
This layout, when originally built in 2001, had to be able to load down a Bilko brand cellarway. That meant 53 x 24 x 96 inches when you figured all the angles. Which means that that section, half of a 16 foot-long layout unit, was 48 x 22 x 96. A tight squeeze. Since we always consider weight as a serious factor in construction, the section was built in layers to keep the plywood weight down. Still, it's easier to handle with four men, though two can easily move it around on a flat floor.
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Re: Dunham Studios amazing "Combo Layout"

Mark Boyce ·
Beautiful layout and great photos of changes made in action!! How many guys did it take to lift that section that is on end getting worked on?
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Re: Dunham Studios amazing "Combo Layout"

Dunham Studios ·
It was quite something to see as an additional section was added and adaptations had to be made to keep the look consistent. The add-ons included a second (and larger) turntable section. I'll post some of the scenery and track solutions later. Barb and the track plan viable.
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Re: Dunham Studios amazing "Combo Layout"

Dunham Studios ·
We actually finished the beautiful Combo Layout and it shipped (trucked) out yesterday (Friday)in a 53' tractor trailer heading to its home in Florida. Our crew of three will meet the truck on Monday and begin to reassemble it. I took well over 100 photos of the disassembly and loading of the truck and posted them on our Dunham Studios facebook site. I'll try and catch up on my thread here but it will take some time. Meanwhile, if you're interested visit Dunham Studios facebook and take a...
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Dunham Studios ·
Roy took a couple of photos of the layout as a whole. Hopefully you'll be able to get a feel for the scope of the project when you see them.
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Re: Dunham Studios amazing "Combo Layout"

Rocky Mountaineer ·
Barb, it's really been quite eye-opening to see the way in which Dunham Studios builds these layouts to be "portable" -- regardless of the layout's ultimate size. Most of us grew up as traditional model railroaders reading about Linn Westcott's L-Girder benchwork methodology, so we've adapted that style of construction to our layouts over the years. More often than not, that usually means we're building layouts that aren't going ANYWHERE but the place in which they're built. And for most...
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Re: Dunham Studios amazing "Combo Layout"

PSU1980 ·
Fantastic
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Re: Dunham Studios amazing "Combo Layout"

Dunham Studios ·
And here we are at the Load-in at the client's home in Florida. I wasn't there but Tom Deierlein who was there loading in (along with Fletcher Conlon and Mike Burke) was took these pictures. And a big "thank you" to you Tom. Anyhow this gives you an overview of the Load-in and the layout itself as well as detail by detail studies. Barb
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Dunham Studios ·
If the "Readers' Digest" version doesn't do it for you, take a look at my facebook posting on Dunham Studios Facebook. I put even MORE photos there. And stay tuned for the Load-in in Florida, coming soon. (If you can't wait, see above.) Barb
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Dunham Studios ·
Loading out the combo layout. This is the "Readers' Digest" version, but it will give you an idea of what was involved. By the way, we did fill the 53' trailer. The layouts went in the front on load bars, 3 levels high. The base was attached to one side. The frames to the other. And the cyclorama sections were in the center towards the rear. We load with the "first out" pieces to the rear of the truck so they can go in in an orderly manner. My next posting will be the Load-in in Florida. Barb
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Dunham Studios ·
The Florida Load-in.
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Re: Different ways to support a backdrop

ogaugenut ·
I don't have any experience with backdrops, but reading your analysis and looking at the pictures, I like the backdrops on the walls. When viewed from the opposite side of the room there should be a good optical illusion. I like full and open viewing and not looking from behind under a backdrop. Behind a backdrop it would feel like watching a play from behind the scenery. YMNV Bill
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Different ways to support a backdrop

dobermann ·
As of now i expect to be viewing the layout mostly from inside but I would also like to walk around and view from the outside. These are the options I've come up with so far. My basement is paneled and the ceiling is unfinished. Plan is to paint whatever material i go with blue and buy some commercial scenic stuff to stick on it. Fastening a Masonite backdrop to 3 walls and suspending Masonite from the ceiling at one end. I would have a 3' walkway between the bench-work and walls. Fastening...
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Anyone Know Who Made This Backdrop?

Brad Rock ·
I recently picked up three of these backdrops in a mixed lot of Standard Gauge and PW Lionel. All three have the same snow sciene and are approximately 12 inches by 25 inches. They are pressboard with a red back and tabs to link them together. No markings anywhere to ID who may have made them. See attached Photo? Thanks for your help! Brad
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Re: Anyone Know Who Made This Backdrop?

paul 2 ·
It very much looks like backdrops from an older Walther" catalog. I don't know if they made them..............Paul
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Re: Anyone Know Who Made This Backdrop?

Lary ·
almost looks like " Instant Horizons" from the W.K. Walters Company, but I'm not sure. They came rolled up in a box and were 24 inches by 36 inches.
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Re: Backdrops

MaxSouthOz ·
Nice, Tim. Did you use Masonite in the corner?
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Tim Stevenson ·
Yes...I used Masonite. I built a brace in the corner and made a cyclorama (I didn't think the back drop would look as good in the corner. I used liquid nail to attach directly to the dry wall. Then I used drywall mud to fill the seams.
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Tim Stevenson ·
Thank you!!
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Erie_Lackawanna ·
Very, Very Nice Tim.. Love it... Scott
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Tim Stevenson ·
Thank you!! I thought hanging it was fairly simple and I hung it myself. I took my time putting it up with painter tape (around edges) first. Then rolled it back and started gluing on about 12-14" at a time....working out air bubbles right along. I had ZERO issues hanging it. Having another person to help would make the process even easier.
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BobbyD ·
Very nice. Easy to "hang" it?
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Backdrops

Tim Stevenson ·
HI Everyone, I thought I would take a second and post a couple of pictures of my new Eastern US Mountain backdrops from Backdrop Warehouse. The scene is made up of 2 panels each measuring 10' x 36". I'm really happy with the quality and thought that they went up fairly easily. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. On a side note - I apologize for the poor lighting. A lighting update is next on my list!! -Tim
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rthomps ·
Nice. I like the "fit" with your room and the work you've done on the layout.
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John C. ·
Thanks for the picture. It looks great and you did a fantastic job of hanging it! Too many layouts don't have backdrops. It's funny because backdrops are seldom written about (Yes I did Mark, in my book :-)) or used on layouts, but make ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. Reminds my of sound in engines. When I heard my first engine with sound, that was it. I would never have another engine without sound because SOMETHING IS MISSING. With a backdrop, SOMETHING IS MISSING.
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G3750 ·
I'm very glad your experience was positive (more than I can say for mine). George
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Tim Stevenson ·
HI George, The website took a while to get through to find what I needed!! However, I had a very good experience when I called to place my order. They were in the process of moving their business from Arizona to Colorado...so there was a 2 week lag but it was completely acceptable given the circumstances. I am very happy with the quality of the backdrop. -Tim
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Tim Stevenson ·
Thank you Scott!!
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G3750 ·
Looks great and you did a great job hanging it. Has Backdrop Warehouse updated their horrible website and / or made it easier to order? Do they actually talk to customers now? George
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backdrops for your layout

techman ·
i recent purchased 16 feet of backdrops , from an OGR advertiser called railroadbackdrops.com .There backdrops are printed on a vinyl like substance , that is cleanable , the color is so vibrant , the quality and service ,is outstanding .I just got them today , no i cant post pictures i have no camera.First time signup and buyer get 20% off , this is first class professional photograph ,they have instructions how to mount ,a great assortment of different scenes and sizes ,do custom work ,...
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Re: backdrops for your layout

paul 2 ·
TECHMAN, I was thinking of ordering from them with that discount. I hope you can post some pics as to I could not see how they look on the website, I mean proportion wise. Your pics would really help me decide.....Thanks Paul
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techman ·
paul 2 i don't have a camera, the bottom of the picture is well proportioned to the lay out and and as the scene goes higher up it realistically give the impression of height ,and more distance away , it bought 16 ft of continuous mountains . it looks like your standing by a road looking at mountain vista .on one part there is a rock slide , as it come down the mountain you can envision the contours of the land, the trees on the bottom on some you can see the separate branches . I have never...
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And another backdrop/background question

dobermann ·
I'm still a long way from the backdrop maybe but looking for suggestions so I can start planning. It's Mianne bench-work with a lift-gate. The basement has an exposed ceiling and it's too late to do anything with that. I wanted to be able to walk around the outside and inside perimeters so it's about 3' from 2 of the knotty pine paneled walls (there when I bought the house). So far the options appear to be hang Masonite on the walls or hang from the floor joists leaving a walkway or attach...
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Re: And another backdrop/background question

Mike CT ·
You can do a lot with paint. Light blue, and then my wife's artist work . We had discussed this before, PBS, Bob Ross and his "Happy Trees" Paint on drywall. Wall paper.
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Re: And another backdrop/background question

Avanti ·
I found the image on Wikimedia. They have many nice panoramas. I printed it at work, but there are many service bureaus and local print shops that can do it.
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dobermann ·
Looks like that would work for me. Do you know the source for the background ? thanks joe
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Re: And another backdrop/background question

Avanti ·
It can be very effective to hang a paper background print as a curtain. You just staple it to furring strips along the top and bottom, and suspend it from the ceiling joists using fish line: No attachment to the wall required.
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dobermann ·
Thanks . Hand painting is one of the many options I'll be looking at for the background. My concern here is for the actual support mechanism since I want to be able to walk around both the inside and the outside joe
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Re: And another backdrop/background question

Michael Pags ·
The hanging paper background looks great and would eliminate lots of work with hanging Masonite. I had some similar issues, but went the Masonite route on the finished walls - some paneled, some wall board. After painting the skies and clouds, I ordered backgrounds from LARC products and Trackside Scenery. Both were great to work with and did some customizing. In my case, I wanted to show the change of seasons and a shot of Mt Hood (now live in Portland, OR with beautiful views of that...
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source for small sky backdrop

Pat Coil ·
I need 2 14" by 14" each all sky (clouds and sky) backdrops for an isolated area of my layout. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Re: source for small sky backdrop

EBT Jim ·
You want to buy them? Joey at Trackside Scenery will make any sizes you want. SKIES
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Affordable background, backdrop

Squirrelstrains ·
I found a great inexpensive backdrop at Hobby Lobby, its in their photo background section, called Wispy Clouds, 4' x 12' roll for $10, with the 40% off code it was like $6.50... its just sky with clouds, but a great starting point and much better than the painted cinder blocks it covered. Really brought my basement layout to life, i did the whole room for under $50
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Forty Rod ·
I picked up two this afternoon. Thanks for the info. How do you plan on attaching them to the wall? Would wallpaper paste work?
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