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First finished corner

Posted by IanLister , 10 October 2017 · 426 views

Hi
The corner board I've been working on is now finished. Tomorrow it will have a plain sky coloured backscene added and will take up permanent residence in one corner of the layout. How to do the backdrop has been a bit of a challenge; it's such an iconic location with the ECML and Royal Border Bridge in the background I've either got to do it very realistically or not at all, and I feel it would look a bit odd with a mainline railway painted on the wall behind....especially if I painted it. Photo panorama is not an option unless someone can lend me a time travel machine to go back to 1960, so it's going to be pretty plain, with a few half-relief trees and a low relief factory end. I may faintly suggest the rooves and chimneys of a few distant industrial buildings lurking in the misty distance; that'll depend on whether I feel brave tomorrow.
So here's the finished bit:

 

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Next I'm moving on to the other corner board which takes the Berwick branch round behind Tweed Dock and into the fiddleyard, via a 25' hidden run (accessible, don't panic) behind the buildings on the dockside. The board is made, so I just need to get on with the trackbuilding; my first go at 4mm EM gauge and I'm really enjoying the track construction, with C and L chairs and rail, walnut sleepers and stippled polyfilla ash ballast laid before the rails go down, which I find a lot easier than ballasting afterwards.
The track climbs towards Berwick, so I suppose you could say it's a case of "Onwards and Upwards", though perhaps better not to........

 

Regards
Ian

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Very nice, I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of this develops.

 

Adrian

Very nice, I'm looking forward to seeing how the rest of this develops.

 

Adrian

Thanks Adrian. So am I...I just hope I live long enough to finish it!!!

It's delightful!

I agree, Corbs, delightful indeed.

This is very beautiful modelling. 

 

I always enjoy layouts based on 'never built' prototypes, since my own modelling is of this type.  I have no personal knowledge of the Tweedmouth area, at all, but I did look at some 19th century maps to get a 'feel' for what you are doing.

 

On the subject of backscenes; I agreed that this is a tricky subject.  You certainly do not want to create a distraction from the modelled scene!  I have chosen to take the low-contrast photographic approach, using a faded image simply to evoke a context.  Perhaps you could find some old photographs that could be presented in this style?  Something like this one, for example, with a little editing to remove 'modern' features,

 

It's probably my ignorance of the location but it seems to me that the old Berwick Bridge is much closer to the background than the railway bridge.  Depending on your photo-processing skills, a montage of various scenes could, perhaps, be used to 'set' the location.

 

Mike

It's delightful!

 

I agree, Corbs, delightful indeed.

Thanks...much appreciated.

 

Ian

This is very beautiful modelling. 

 

I always enjoy layouts based on 'never built' prototypes, since my own modelling is of this type.  I have no personal knowledge of the Tweedmouth area, at all, but I did look at some 19th century maps to get a 'feel' for what you are doing.

 

On the subject of backscenes; I agreed that this is a tricky subject.  You certainly do not want to create a distraction from the modelled scene!  I have chosen to take the low-contrast photographic approach, using a faded image simply to evoke a context.  Perhaps you could find some old photographs that could be presented in this style?  Something like this one, for example, with a little editing to remove 'modern' features, for example.

 

It's probably my ignorance of the location but it seems to me that the old Berwick Bridge is much closer to the background than the railway bridge.  Depending on your photo-processing skills, a montage of various scenes could, perhaps, be used to 'set' the location.

 

Mike

Hi Mike. Thanks for the ideas and interest in the subject. Part of the backscene problem is that the U shaped layout, which in reality should be gently curving, has a whole length of around 90', and as it is set on a sloping river bank, would all need backscene. The dock end, nearer the bridges and Berwick, is OK as there will be a lot of tall buildings which will frame the harbour and maltings. The rest,Spittal station, Spittal Point and the line up to Berwick, are all situated on semi-rural, semi-cottage industry sloping terrain rising from the riverbank. I don't actually think anything beyond basic is necessary; we'll see.

I use those NLS 25" maps a lot, especially since they increased the coverage to the whole of England. There's a great aerial photo on 'Britainfromabove.org", the Aerofilms website, if you want to see the area my layout is set in, though you have to imagine it without Tweedmouth station!! Search for Tweedmouth or Spittal

 

Regards

Ian

Lovely bit of work Ian. Backscenes are tricky if of a real place. Take Dolgelley looking south Cader Idris is the big item in the view the station area would be in 4mm  about  12m long whereever you paint it on the backscene it would not be right for most of the layout. You may find similar with your Berwick Bridge. Something very simple is the best answer. For me many of the photobackscenes look too detailed. Andy Peters has done some useful videos of painting a backscene around here somewhere

http://www.rmweb.co....rdshire/page-53

 

Don

Very nice Ian.  Good luck with the backscene! :-)  Personally, I'm not a fan of photographic backscenes although I'm never really sure why - I'm not sure whether its the amount of detail that even faded out ones seem to have, or perhaps it's the scale or the colour (but then I've generally only seen generic ones not ones of a specific locality).  That's why I attempted to paint mine.

Ian

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Oct 11 2017 21:12
Superb work Ian

Lovely bit of work Ian. Backscenes are tricky if of a real place. Take Dolgelley looking south Cader Idris is the big item in the view the station area would be in 4mm  about  12m long whereever you paint it on the backscene it would not be right for most of the layout. You may find similar with your Berwick Bridge. Something very simple is the best answer. For me many of the photobackscenes look too detailed. Andy Peters has done some useful videos of painting a backscene around here somewhere

http://www.rmweb.co....rdshire/page-53

 

Don

 

Very nice Ian.  Good luck with the backscene! :-)  Personally, I'm not a fan of photographic backscenes although I'm never really sure why - I'm not sure whether its the amount of detail that even faded out ones seem to have, or perhaps it's the scale or the colour (but then I've generally only seen generic ones not ones of a specific locality).  That's why I attempted to paint mine.

Ian

 

Superb work Ian

Thankyou gentlemen....much appreciated. Don and Ian: I'm with you both on the backscene. It'll be a simple representation of the distant topography. Having now connected the corner board to the other corner one, I'm going to lay track round to the storage yard before fitting the backscene...it'll be much easier and triples the length of available run for my somewhat limited collection of stock. I need to learn how to convert the K1 to EM but I'm scared of ruining it!!!!

Ian

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