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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/01/2017 :  08:47:17 AM  Show Profile
This month we will focus on the rear edge of the layout where it blends into the backdrop. Show us pictures of your background buildings, of scenes that help the layout blend into the backdrop.

I once again caution everyone to keep copyright issues in mind. If you didn't take the picture, it isn't yours to post. Links to photos on the web are allowed, however.


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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/01/2017 :  09:01:25 AM  Show Profile
Sometimes a few small structures snuggled between 3-D foliage right in front of the backdrop help everything blend in.






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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/01/2017 :  09:21:43 AM  Show Profile
Forum member Tom Johnson(Inrail) is a master at making a road disappear into the backdrop on his shelf layout. Then again Tom is an artist.








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Terrell
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Posted - 02/01/2017 :  10:23:32 AM  Show Profile
From the old ho layout, a tunnel to nowhere.





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Michael
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Posted - 02/01/2017 :  10:45:58 AM  Show Profile
Here I started with a Scenic King 6-foot roll background for the backdrop, then some Styrofoam was used to a create a berm/hill in front of the backdrop in order to hide the transition from three to two dimensions:



The backdrop is mounted on the wall but not to the layout as you see below:



There is a gap of about 3-4 inches. It gives the scene a bit more depth. One doesn't see the gap as the layout height is around 54 inches.

Michael



Edited by - Michael on 02/01/2017 10:59:11 AM

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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/01/2017 :  11:39:32 AM  Show Profile
Michael, that looks very good. The combination of the berm and the gap are quite effective.

A bit of space between the 3-D and the photo backdrop can work wonders. In this scene, the distance between the fence and the backdrop is about a half-inch, but helps to give the impression of depth.





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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/02/2017 :  09:13:56 AM  Show Profile
There are times, especially if the backdrop is not a photo, where you can pull off having a building right against the backdrop and have it look prototypical.








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Terrell
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Posted - 02/02/2017 :  2:56:16 PM  Show Profile
Printed backdrop on the layout in the showroom of Broadway Limited Imports.





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adrian_batey
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Posted - 02/02/2017 :  4:22:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit adrian_batey's Homepage
This is a fantastic topic for the month! looking forward to the rest of the images that follow for inspiration!

Owen Pass Lumber Company
HO Logging Layout in a Shed.
https://owenpass.blogspot.com/

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lumberjack
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Gerry Gilliland

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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/03/2017 :  08:58:42 AM  Show Profile
The bend in the road, the girder bridges, and the placement of the vehicles all help mask the fact that the road ends two inches away at the backdrop. This is the HO scale layout of Mark Lutz.







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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/04/2017 :  08:21:18 AM  Show Profile
Low relief structures are a common feature in background scenes. The houses are shortened Grandt-Line models and the Company Store is scratch built.






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bxcarmike
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Posted - 02/04/2017 :  4:28:46 PM  Show Profile
A couple of mine:
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mike horton



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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 02/04/2017 :  7:19:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage
Outstanding topic, something very unusual and very time appropriate for me. Tom Johnson did a fantastic job of masking the blend.


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westernmaine
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Posted - 02/05/2017 :  11:40:58 AM  Show Profile
a few photo backdrops blended with 3-D foreground structures



this location on the layout depicts North Vassalboro, Maine. I visited N. Vassalboro and photographed actual buildings that fit my era






NORTHERN TERMINAL COMPANY - The mainline to the Maine Coast

Edited by - westernmaine on 02/05/2017 11:46:51 AM

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RichBeau
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Posted - 02/05/2017 :  11:45:42 AM  Show Profile
Great thread! I'm getting a lot of ideas. Bring more!
Please



Edited by - RichBeau on 02/24/2017 06:32:13 AM

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