Monday, August 14, 2017

Blending the scenery with the backdrop

This summer has been quite busy for me catching up on some projects around the house but when I have gotten out to the train room I've been going through and adding some scenery.  About 10 feet of the layout already had basic scenery done so it is mostly adding hundreds of small bits of Woodland Scenics clump foliage to give the layout a similar look to what is in the backdrop.

It is always a challenge to disguise the sharp horizontal line between the layout and the backdrop.  Buildings and fences are great in city areas but this layout is mostly open country with no large trees.  This line is quite noticeable in this photo.

Using the backdrop as a guide, I am placing bits of Woodland Scenics light green clump foliage along the edge in front of where brush in on the backdrop to help break up this line into shorter sections.

Here is another area near Winnemucca where the hills on the backdrop are closer and I used the same technique to help blend the hill on the layout to the hill on the backdrop.


  1. Nice work Brad. The join can hardly be noticed.

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    1. Looks good Brad.
      Just an observation, would the joint be less noticeable if the foreground was a bit more uneven, similar to the uneven bumps in the first two photos? I'm just thinking outloud.

    2. Thanks Allen,

      Yes, some small rising up in places along the back edge would help and I may try that out as well. The road bed of the SP line all along this part of the layout is also raised up so that at a low angle as when photographing trains the back edge is not seen at all.