P & C Railroad Version 4 - Progress Report - 2003-09 Report
09/30/2003
09/30/2003
This photo shows the backdrop panels painted with several coats of bright-white latex paint. This was needed to hide the darker color of the Masonite board, and also to cover all joint compounding. It gave me a nice blank slate onto which to start painting.
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A larger view of the room as you enter it.
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I used Greg Grey's video tape "Painting Backdrops" as my guide for painting my own backdrops. I highly recommend this video if you want to learn how to paint your own backdrops. The first thing I did was mark off a horizontal line at 62" above the floor which represents the layout height (track level). Then I sketched in the rough scenery outlines. I had been collecting photos and images from various sources that have scenery in them of the real world. Where applicable, I placed those printed images under the layout area, to use as a reference guide. This photo shows the first section immediately to the left as you enter the layout room.
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This is the second section.
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The end of the stub wall is supposed to represent a lower portion of the layout, where I intent to build a large curved trestle bridge. The river I painted is supposed to flow under the bridge. The scenery will be lower here than in any other part of the layout, so I made a longer board here, and painted it all the way to the bottom. You can see a photo of what I was copying below the painted area.
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Here is an overall shot of the first three panels painted. Not bad for a first attempt at painting my own backdrops. I have never painted anything artistically.
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This is the corner of the walkway into the next room.
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This next room has large, tall mountain ranges.
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These continue on into the room.
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This is the far wall (the wall shared with the master bedroom).
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It has a lot of hazy, distant mountain ranges, and a new nearby range is starting.
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This photo shows the other side of the walkway area. I lowered the horizon on this one, because I want to have a long double-track bridge on piers, as is shown in the prototype photo printout below the background.
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This is the view looking back into the walkway into the second room.
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This is the view when you enter the main room.
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I couldn't decide how I was going to shape the other side of the stub wall. I finally decided that this was going to be a very tall mountain with a tunnel portal. I therefore went back and painted the basic outline of the tall mountain, with only the top inch or so finely detailed.
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I have a big fan admiring my work.
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With the backdrop painting done, which I did while I still had easy access to it, I can now start on the next phase. I cut the familiar next batch of 3/4" plywood strips. These are for the toe-kick cabinets that are going to be under the main storage cabinets. The boards are 3-5/16" tall. The reason for this odd size is due to the height of the molding I will be using next. The majority of the cabinets will be 18 inches deep, so the toe-kick cabinets will be 15 inches deep. Construction method is simple wood glue and screws. The fronts will be hidden by Oak molding later on ("baseboards").
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I used the strips to build simple ladder frames, which were bolted together. They were screwed to the walls to keep them in place.
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Construction of the toe-kick cabinets continued through the walkway and into the next room. Where I stopped is going to be my modeling work bench, so there will be no storage cabinets there.
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