Jack’s 4 x 8 layout update

Jack’s been in touch again (his last post is here).

“Hi Al,

In my last post I was working on my backdrop. I finally finished it.

Since the one side is 8’ long I had a lot of space to fill. I made hills to cover the roads as they curved off into the distance. I toyed with adding a golf course and cut tee boxes, fairways and greens from green paper, but didn’t like it. I then decided on fields.

I had already applied green turf, so I masked off the fields and covered with earth turf. Using a straightedge and small screwdriver I etched lines to represent rows, which exposed some of the green beneath. I sprayed the area with scenic cement to set it.

I added a building and trees, larger in the foreground and getting smaller towards the background. Attached are photos of the work in progress and a video of the finished product.

I also added a switch at the right front and one in the tunnel for future expansion.

Jack”



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A big thanks to Jack. It just goes to show, a layout is never finished – there’s always something to do, or some little tweak that slow gnaws away at you until you decide it’s time.

That’s all today folks.

Don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if it’s your time to start your layout.

Best

Al

8 responses to “Jack’s 4 x 8 layout update”

  1. NJ Mark says:

    Nice detail all around. I especially like the folks relaxing on their patios. Cheers! NJ Mark

  2. Bob says:

    Love the carnival rides!

  3. Warren Ferguson says:

    I love the layout, Jack. I especially like the carnival rides. You’re doing a beautiful job. Warren, Alabama

  4. Roy Forbes says:

    Looking good. Well done.

  5. Rod Mackay says:

    Made the mistake of fixing my backscenes to the layout permanently, can’t get them off now to remedy fading prints, oops.
    Rod

  6. JOHN FELTY says:

    Love the carnival….now I have to build one in n-scale. Just what I needed, Jack….ANOTHER project.
    Keep up the good work!

  7. Pete Evangel says:

    Golf course??!!! I never thought about adding one. What a great idea (If am going to “borrow” this for later use!!! Love all the detail you have. Great looking layout.

    Pete
    Partly Sunny Silicon Valley.

  8. David Howarth says:

    Nice little layout you have there jack …Dangerous Dave

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