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setting the (back) scene...

bcnPete

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Evening all,

 

Two weeks have passed whilst I awaited a print to return (more on this shortly) coupled with some intense periods at work :)

 

Before I complete the fascia framing I had to redo the back scene. Not only had it faded badly but being paper, spray mounted onto a card former, it had also bubbled and delaminated.

 

Chris Nevard had suggested getting the image printed directly onto sticky backed plastic or onto 2 or 3mm foamex however after a little research, not many printers could do 2mm and some doubted it would bend to a tight radius as I required. Few peeps do 1mm as well, plus the minimum order cost was £75 :O

 

Then followed a chance visit to a printers adjacent to work and they suggested printing on matt vinyl. They gave me a free sample and after trying different plastics at work, I happened upon a thin plastic sheet which was black one side and gold the other...funky :D

 

The print was ordered and due to its length was set out on an A1 sheet in the shop by the Graphic Designer. He told me that we could squeeze two more on (allowing me cock ups and future replacements) and the price was £30...effectively 10 notes a shot. The PDF was uploaded and sent to Germany to be printed and 5 working days were required for printing and delivery...collected it yesterday after work.

 

Today, I began by cutting a template for the plastic sheet, using strips of A4 paper taped together. Once I had this I overlaid and cut out from the plastic sheet. This was then offered up to the layout and trimmed to fine tune as necessary...couldn't resist to take a quick photo too (as below) showing Kyle with a gold sky :lol:

 

This was removed and the vinyl applied from the top and smoothing down as required with my hand - it is low tac but bonds very well to the plastic sheet. The sheet was then positioned working from the platform end secured to the card former by heavy duty double sided tape however I peeled the vinyl back from the curved end whilst I secured the plastic end in place.

 

Finally, I set back down the vinyl around the curve and smoothed with my hands using a steel rule to get the edges flat. Am very happy with the result and hopefully now I can finish off the fascia panels in the next week or so meaning Phase 1 will be soon complete.

 

Ironically, the name of the Graphic Designer in the shop who set out the sheet layout... was called Kyle :)

 

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The paper template...

 

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The funky gold sheet...

 

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Final matt vinyl image...

 

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Gold sky at Kyle...

 

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Curved corner...

 

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Station end...

 

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Final overview...now need to finish the lighting!.

 

EDIT: this pic was taken in natural light today to try and compensate for those ones above :)

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So pleased to see this back, sky looks good.

 

Thanks Alex - the pictures are pretty lousy - am hoping to correct that when the lighting is in place...

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I dunno if it is an effect of your "poor" lighting but I think the pix make it look rather moody in an "abot-to-rain any moment" sort of way ; and certainly seems like good value :)

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I dunno if it is an effect of your "poor" lighting but I think the pix make it look rather moody in an "abot-to-rain any moment" sort of way ; and certainly seems like good value :)

Thanks Mickey - poor lighting never helps any layout as you say but that backscene does have that feel about it - need to ask Gary who shot it how it turned out that day...have added another pic at the end taken in blue sky London today...:sungum:

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Looks great Pete! And very effective.

 

Thanks Jeremy - A big thanks to Tony Simms for suggesting the radius corner...now I am a big fan of them :)

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Totally professional, but then I wouldn't expect anything else from you Pete. 'Brooding' is the perfect description as Mickey said - captures the weather in that part of the world exactly. The curve hides the return on the mountain scape without compromise and so looks natural. Great work as usual Sir.

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Hi Pete, that looks like a useful solution to the "bubbling" problem of backscenes (seems to be several others with that problem on here at the moment).

 

It's interesting what a difference there is in the atmosphere between the first shots and that last one you posted later. Maybe the camera has problems with the high contrast between the mountain and sky in the backscene? This sort of thing can be annoying, I think - I've got similar issues with my camera at the moment.

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Totally professional, but then I wouldn't expect anything else from you Pete. 'Brooding' is the perfect description as Mickey said - captures the weather in that part of the world exactly. The curve hides the return on the mountain scape without compromise and so looks natural. Great work as usual Sir.
Thanks Mike - must admit, I am pleased how the curve came out...

 

Hi Pete, that looks like a useful solution to the "bubbling" problem of backscenes (seems to be several others with that problem on here at the moment). It's interesting what a difference there is in the atmosphere between the first shots and that last one you posted later. Maybe the camera has problems with the high contrast between the mountain and sky in the backscene? This sort of thing can be annoying, I think - I've got similar issues with my camera at the moment.
Thanks Mikkel - I have to confess they were all iPhone 5 photos as the tripod/SLR is boxed at present from the move. Interestingly, the last pic was with the iPad...but the trick was to face the layout against the window...as always, natural light triumphs over flash...

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Just caught up with your progress Pete and the layout looks really impressive. I think it all blend together to create the 'atmosphere'. As ever I look forward to your postings on RMweb.

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Just caught up with your progress Pete and the layout looks really impressive. I think it all blend together to create the 'atmosphere'. As ever I look forward to your postings on RMweb.

Thanks Tom - very nice of you to say that...

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Nice work Pete. As you say the last photo shows natural light is best.

Don

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Nice work Pete. As you say the last photo shows natural light is best.Don
Thanks Don...

 

Curved corner makes a big difference - looking even better! Graham
Thanks also Graham...

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