Starting with an apology today.
On Bill’s last post (which is here) he mentioned his switching layout video, but I didn’t post it.
So here it is:
Now on to this fab tip from KirK, which I think is spot on.
I have been looking at hundreds of postings from you and have made a couple of observations that may be helpful to modelers…
1] Always try to ’round’ corners on backdrops instead of having sharp angles. Jeff’s last post of his painted backdrops is a perfect example.
This will let the scenery ‘flow’ much more realistically.
2] When a hill, ridge, or mountain meets the backdrop, ‘pull’ it away from the vertical surface slightly and let it ‘roll’ downward a bit.
This will add more realism to the depth of field.
Don’t know if this is worth posting, but feel free if you think it might be helpful.
Best to you,
And now on to Mike – who has sent in pics of this little gizmo:
I just wanted to introduce this machine, which is very good for scratch building, especially if you are as ham-fisted as I am.
I’ve used it a lot on my N gauge layout (still a work in progress).
This is the machine.
It comes with software to allow you to design on screen (about an hour to learn it) and a deep-cut blade is useful.
It doesn’t cut all the way through plasticard, but a bit of work with a blade completes the job.
These are some of my scratch builds using it.
First picture is the thing as designed on the software, second the result.
Fallen down stone building:
Your readers may be interested in this machine.
My word – a huge thanks to Mike.
I had a look on ebay and
(Here’s a link for it).
I think his creations are fantastic – and in N scale too!
It looks like an impressive little gizmo.
Has anyone else used one?
Please do leave a comment below if you have.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming, and don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you want to get going on your very own layout.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Really is worth a look this time of year.