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This rambling blog is about building a simple layout in HO, the available space is rather small but the prototype was not built on the grand scale, most rural stations were merely a curved loop and a siding, which is easy to replicate.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Simple backscene

A backscene is essential on Pottendorf in order to hide the storage sidings and to provide some much needed depth to the narrow baseboards.

The scenic blocker is just a strip of hardboard painted with Crown sky blue paint with a green strip that suggests the far horizon. My lack of artistry skills prevents me from adding buildings, hills and trees but I can just about manage clouds - a circular dabbing motion of acrylic white with an old hogshair followed with a quick but firm wipe with a paper towel produces a transparent quality to the clouds.  Afterwards, a dilute wash of white along the horizon is an attempt to create the 'far off' appearance - maybe another pass with the brush is needed?


  1. Less is often more with backscenes. Unless you're an artist keep 'em simple. A bad backdrop can and often does spoil a layout.
    Look like you have the right approach Tim.

  2. Tim, these clouds are lovely. Cheers Peer

  3. Very nice, Tim. Subtile, as my old mate would call it!

  4. I'm of the opinion that too much backscene detracts from the layout, and more so the running of trains. If ones main interest was photography, and you want plenty of 'atta boys' in magazines / Forum, then that is a different matter!


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