I have been signed up to you for a while now and have gleaned a lot of information from a lot of your people. My first train set was in the 50’s. My first model railway was in the early 1970’s but did not last that long as my wife and I were not doing too well. Now wife number two and I are very close to our 25th wedding anniversary, my model railway is up and running and failing and being tweaked in many places.
I have joined the throng of camera recorders and have just posted my first and short Video on You Tube. Have a look at it and if you think it is worth it please publish on your site. It is under, Castlebridge. OB owner.
Best tip I can pass on is one to help with the frustration caused by dropping tiny screws and other parts on the floor.
Buy a white dust sheet from a DIY warehouse – or grab a sheet from the airing cupboard if you like :-). Spread it on the floor below the bench or table where you are working.
Since tiny screws, nuts and bolts are seldom white, when you drop them, as I often do, they stand out much more clearly than they would do on a typical shed/workroom floor or carpet.
And Jack’s been back in touch (his last post is here).
Continuing on the preliminary work on my backdrop I found another perspective issue. I have the beginnings of a parking lot at the edge of the layout, so I need to continue the parking lot onto the backdrop. I taped some tablet paper to the layout edge and marked the edges of the parking lot on the paper. From the area where the scene is viewed I approximated the angle needed to continue the edges of the parking lot onto the backdrop.
I then took the paper down and from the point where each lot edge meets the background I drew a number of lines at different angles like spokes. Reattaching the paper, from my viewing area I chose the lines representing the best angle for each side of the lot. I then drew the lot on the paper and quickly sketched in some scenery. The photos show the final sketch and what it looks like from the viewing area.
I transferred the parking lot onto the Masonite and sprayed it to match the blacktop on the existing lot. I photographed cars on the lot from the perspective of the viewing area, printed them out, cut them out and pasted them on the lot. They aren’t perfect, I may redo them, but it gives the impression of cars parked on the lot.
For the grass, I used spray glue and sprinkled Woodland Scenics blended turf on it. I painted the sky blue, added some darker streaks and clouds. My real problem, and I could use some comments on this, is that I wanted to make it look like you were looking off into the distance. It just doesn’t look like I imagined it would. I think maybe my horizon is too high. Maybe I should start it just behind the parking lot. Maybe I should start a hill just beyond the parking lot. Any ideas would be helpful.
A huge thanks to Steve, Barry and Jack.
That’s all for today folks. Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is you want to start having your own fun.