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Dutchman
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  09:09:49 AM  Show Profile
It is time we turn our attention on the rear of our layouts or dioramas. You know, that area close to the backdrop, and the backdrops themselves.

Photos that show off your backdrop; background buildings (building flats, low-relief, or full-size); or scenes along your backdrop are all welcome.

I want to thank Jim Faulks (ANo10) for suggesting this month's theme.


In consideration for those on dial-up, please keep your photos to 80KB or smaller.

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Dutchman
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  10:02:39 AM  Show Profile
I'll start off with a shot of a road blending into the backdrop on Andy Clermont's Rutland RR.




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quarryman
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  10:28:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit quarryman's Homepage
Another road on a backdrop.



Winding down Horse Mountain, this road will someday blend into a 3-D road that crosses the tracks of the East Blue Ridge. Or, as the locals refer to it, "The Dinky."

Mark Chase
Richmond VA



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mlvarley
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  10:53:04 AM  Show Profile
This is a test backdrop I'm messing around with(you can see its taped together and not closely trimmed where it meets the painted sky).
Mike









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Rick
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  11:27:28 AM  Show Profile
Dick Elwell's layout.




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Terrell
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  12:58:45 PM  Show Profile
Another "road to nowhere".




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Tabooma County Rwy
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  1:14:26 PM  Show Profile
Here's a forced perspective shot. The distance from fascia to backdrop is about 30 inches. The structure at the top of the hill is an N scale house.




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LVN
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  5:48:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit LVN's Homepage
These pictures were taken at Jack Slimmon's CPR in the west. The backdrops were painted using acrylics.



The first image shows that you can place a structure within inches of the backdrop and still create depth without adding to much foreground scenery.



This station image was taken at an angle that you can see the mountains in the distance. They are located across the isle behind a shelf that is only inches deep.



In this shot the backdrop is located just behind the lumber mill. Using 2 inch vertical strokes with a 3 inch brush can create thousands of trees in minutes.



Looking the other way the backdrop is just about eight inches behind this shot. Real trees are placed in front of the painted trees to give it depth.

It was a blast doing this layout. It took about four hours to complete in two to three sessions.


Chris Lyon
http://www.lyonvalleynorthern.blogspot.com

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hunter48820
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Posted - 11/01/2008 :  11:58:26 PM  Show Profile
Great pics guys!! Bruce I love the overpass scene with the highway and Mike, that is a great looking backdrop with alot of depth.



Look out for #1, but don't step in #2!

Andy Keeney
Dewitt, MI

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Rick
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Posted - 11/02/2008 :  07:24:49 AM  Show Profile
Maple Leaf Mafia layout.




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simon1966
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Posted - 11/02/2008 :  07:39:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit simon1966's Homepage
I can't paint so have been trying out photo murals made from shots that I have taken. Here is my expriment with corn fields.





Photos of trees and my scratch built low relief ballroom make up this scene






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Dutchman
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Posted - 11/02/2008 :  08:24:21 AM  Show Profile
Mark, Mike, Rick, Terrell, Al, Chris, & Simon -- thanks for getting this new Gallery off to a great start.

Please keep the photos coming!



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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 11/02/2008 :  12:27:00 PM  Show Profile
Once upon a time, there was only that : a painted backdrop.











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Terrell
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Posted - 11/02/2008 :  12:30:24 PM  Show Profile
Using a mountain to hide a corner, and another road that goes nowhere.




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Frederic Testard
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Posted - 11/02/2008 :  12:59:11 PM  Show Profile
Great scenery there Terrell, and this road disappearing into the tunnel adds a lot to the life of the scene.


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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 11/02/2008 :  2:45:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage
Excellent photos everyone...they offer so many great ideas for so many of us. Blending the layout to the backdrop or wall is very challenging and you've all done it so well in so many different ways!

Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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