Background experiments

Discussion in 'Robin At His Best' started by Matthyro, Jun 5, 2002.

  1. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    First I must apologise for the poor quality pictures my cheepie digital camera takes but this is just to give you an idea of what I am trying to do here. I look through the Saturday newspaper and find interesting building pictures and ads for new condos and such. I have collected a few of these of a size appropriate for N gauge and placed them on the background in the city of Maberly.
    Here is my first attempt.[​IMG]

    The second picture is a downtown Toronto scene I have added to the Maberly background.

    So far I am pleased with the look and I just wished they showed up better here.
    I will continue to collect these great building pictures and use them in my backgrounds around the layout.
    Have any of you attempted anything like this?
  2. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    No, but then all the papers around here only come out once a week in black and white. Besides we don't have any buildings over 4 stories anyway around here. Interesting idea, can't wait to see what it looks like with some finished scenery in front of it Robin. :cool:
  3. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi Robin!
    My hat is off to you, my friend...
    You have to be one of the most resourceful modelers I've ever come across!
    Not only resourceful, but also able to produce top-notch results!
    Looking forward to seeing your cities grow!
  4. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    Hhhmmm....never thought of that...I'll have to keep an eye out on our locals.
  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Here is a background in use at Mabely

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  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    and another

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  7. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    I'm impressed, looks great to me! Got one question Robin, what's the durabilty of these do you think?
  8. Mike R

    Mike R Member

    more on paper backdrops

    Very good concept, I never thought of newspapers. There are other opportunities to make unique paper backdrops. I get old travel brochures and find likely buildings for distant scenes. Then I cut them close to finish size and arrange as many as possible on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper with scotch tape. Then it's off to a local photocopy shop to have the sheet color copied on to bond paper for 2 bucks. There is no more glossy finish, and you only have to cut out your buildings. I use the 'original' glossy ones to experiment with on the backdrop, keeping the photocopy intact and clean until ready.
    Another source for pictures for this photocopy treatment is the Walthers catalog. regards / Mike
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Tyson, I need to waterproof these newspaper pictures as I am sure that water drops would show up. I will spray them with a sealer like artists use to seal pastel drawings. I think colours may fade in time but it is still an unknown as no sunlight gets into my basement. Can't say what artificial lighting will do.

    Thanks Mike for you suggestions which will add to what I am trying to do here.
  10. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    My wife has a jar of stuff for doing collages. I was thinking of trying that for backdrop glue, but I think it might be glossy.
    I have a lot of sheets of English backscene materials that I haven't used yet.
  11. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Fading and etc

    Hi Robin, Down here in the "deep south" the newsprint wouldn't last very long...just too much going on with humidity and "crawly things" that like to eat it!!!:D :D :D

    Florescent lighting will cause the image to fade much faster than incandescant lighting as it has a higher UV factor. If you have florescent lights you can buy UV shields that slip over the tubes.

    You might want to try overspraying the prints with Krylon Crystal Clear. Its neither flat nor gloss...just clear. Be sparing though because newspapers today for the most part are printed with inks that are based on vegetable dyes and it could make the print run.
  12. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks David and Vic for those great suggestions.
    I guess time will tell then take them off and glue some new ones on. That will keep my cities current.

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