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Old 29th June 2005, 23:38   #1
Sidecar Bob
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Default A couple of old ideas from the NEB&W

Back in the '80s there were a lot of articles in the model rail press about the New England, Berkshire & Western (club layout at Rensalaer Polytechnic in the U.S.). A couple of them were particularly memorable:

1) Use a sponge stapled to a stick for painting clouds. Paint by daubing , not brushing. Start with white latex with a tiny bit of the blue used for the sky mixed in for the highest clouds. Add more blue for the bottoms of the clouds and clouds further down the backdrop. Repeat with more blue until the clouds near the horizon are mostly blue. Add a touch of burnt umber to the blue mixture to add shadows to the bottoms of the highest clouds.
This makes clouds that look more realistic than some real ones I've seen, without a whole lot of effort or artistic tallent required.

2) For wooded areas near the backdrop, cut out the rough silhouette from 1/8" hardboard (masonite). Paint the rough side with a dark green foliage colour. Use ground foam to add some detail and dimension.
Mount the completed forest about 1/8 - 1/4" from the wall: that way as you move around the location of the edge of the distant forest will appear to move, just like the real thing.
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