My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Scenery - Backgrounds

Backdrop Blues

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
126
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
Painting various levels of blue on the backdrop to more accurately simulate the real world.

Backshop

Magazine:
O Gauge Railroading 2016-01
Page:
85
Author:
Jim Barrett
Scale:
O
Description:
Installing scene panels (printed background scenes by Walthers called Instant Horizons) to your layout. Includes many photos.

Creating Your Own Backdrop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-07
Page:
71
Author:
Robert Hamm
Description:
The author takes you step-by-step through his construction of the backdrops (using galvanized sheet metal) and how he has painted his.

Easy Backdrops

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-11/12
Page:
44
Author:
Edmund Schultz
Description:
Cut simple template and use spray paint to paint clouds

Mini-mirrors

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1985-12
Page:
100
Author:
John Nehrich
Description:
Integrating small mirrors into the background scenery can make the scene appear larger than it really is. The article covers how mirrors can be used to reflect just light so as to highlight a scene that is otherwise dark.

Random Thoughts

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-08
Page:
64
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Topics discussed are backdrop, background/flat buildings, using forced-perspective, his visit with John Allen, background trees made from unusual material, and incorporating humor with figures and mini scenes.

Removable Foam Scenery Modules

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 28, Number 1, February 2004
Page:
14
Author:
Carl Tuveson
Scale:
S
Description:
Using 1-inch thick insulation foam, the author shows what he did to build removable background mountains for his layout. It is mostly a pictorial article, describing the building, carving, and painting of the foam. Included are photos showing the various tools used to shape the foam, and how a 2x4 was used to provide the stiffness for the foam.