This is my final instalment on Lanarth.
Scale 1:76 00 scale
Track Peco Code 100 HO
Region – English, Southern, South West
The final parts of the layout were the scenics and backdrop.
There was a grassy foreground to the prototype that I wanted to capture on the layout. As a rough base for this I used old carpet underlay. The underlay is normally brown so I bleached it with some household bleach. To lay I smeared a liberal amount of pva on the layout and positioned clumps of the underlay. Following this I coloured it with some watered down acrylic paint. It looked good at this point but not 100%. To improve it I applied some static grass with spray adhesive.
The backdrop was more of a challenge. In keeping with the theme of this layout I decided to paint my own. One of he biggest challenges of a good backdrop is getting a realistic perspective. I wanted a station building in the foreground of the backdrop so the perspective needed to be spot on. I use CAD software at work so I put this to use for the backdrop. I modelled the background in 3D, generated perspectives at different angles then printed them out on paper. I could then test the prints against the rest of the model to pick the angle that looked best. The final backdrop is painted with acrylic paints.
The rest came together in the box and is working well. Being quite small I can keep it in our dining room on top of the side board. Visitors like to try their luck at the shunting puzzle. Hope you all enjoyed the progress and posts.
Bye for now.
And now on to Dangerous Dave, who has posted another video:
I did a fun video last night. It made a few smile and no sherry… maybe had a glass or two of Merlo. LOL …
I’ve really enjoyed Cameron’s updates – and I think the finished product looks incredible. I just love those back drops. Stunning stuff indeed. If you want to remind yourself, his last post is here.
That’s all this time folks – don’t forget it’s nearly the last day to bag the savings on the new tunnels, which you can grab here:
A huge thanks to Dave and Cameron. If they’ve inspired you to get cracking on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PS Latest ebay cheat sheet is here. Lots about at the mo.