improve this scene...

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by csxengineer, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    any suggestions on how to make it more realistic?

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  2. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    another shot

    ok, this is a spur track off the mainline where a few hoppers are loaded by trucks going up the ramp. predominantly coal, but open to the public as a dump (team track). nevermind the coils, or that wooden base.

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  3. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member


    your thoughts..

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  4. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    Looks pretty to go me.
  5. RailRon

    RailRon Active Member

    csx, perhaps I would widen the road at the base of the ramp a bit (so that the trucks have room enough to turn). And the ground on the ramp looks a bit rough to me - could you replace it with some finer dirt/sand?

    But apart from that the scene looks great! I love the coloring of the ground and the plants - a nicely modeled siding! (Also the weathering of the freight cars is tops!)

  6. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    The modeling is very good. You can always add more details or redo this or that, but the one thing that will make that more real instantly is a backdrop. That will do more for making it look real than just about everything else you can do combined.
  7. Matt Probst

    Matt Probst Member

    Hi! I'm agreeing with Tyson on the backdrop thing. That'll help a great deal! Not sure what the rest of your layout looks like but, I'm envisioning that scene as a "back-woodsy :rolleyes: " type scene and since you have a lot of foliage in that area I think a ton of underbrush and trees would also help.
    Just another idea; The road I would make as a not very well maintained gravel road with pot holes, mud puddles, tire ruts etc.

    Other than my 2 cents it looks great and you're off to a fine start!:D

    Matt--Hershey, Pa.
  8. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Thought I'd do a quickie backdrop to show the difference, hope you don't mind. This is the first pic you posted, notice how your already great modeling looks even greater!!!! ;) :)

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  9. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I agree with the folks above that you model an excellent scene! The scenary is very convincing. The second photo in particular looks almost like a prototype shot to me. Only thing I could think to add was maybe some sort of sign indicating the company owning the truck dump, or maybe "authorized persons only" signs etc(?)

    Tyson that backdrop is awsome! "Take me home country roads!" :eek:
  10. Pops

    Pops New Member

    Suggestions for ram area

    How about a place so people can either park or turn their vehicles around

    Add sloped berms unless the sides of the ramps are timber or concrete walls

    Add braces to keep the Ramp legs straight with each other and to add support

    And don't forget the litter. Lazy people will just drop their stuff off and let someone else take it the last few steps.
  11. csxengineer

    csxengineer Member

    That's why I love this site..

    Tyson..Your backdrop was awesome! I loved it! only problem is that it's a "peninsula" part of the layout. Now after seeing your backdrop I wanna push the layout against a wall! lol

    I agree with all of the other's suggestions and appreiate the positive feedback. I will add signs and detail and post "after" pics.
    In the meantime, thanks to all, and have a great day!
  12. UP_STEVE

    UP_STEVE Member

    thats some good modeling there :)

    just thinking maybe you could put some kids off in the woods playing, building a cubbyhouse out of junk or something.
    not sure if thats what kids over there do, but thats what i did when i was a wee lad. i was just thinking about it for my layout and thought it might look good on yours too. there would even be a ready supply of junk from that team track :D

    i like the weathering on your cars too
  13. pondman

    pondman New Member


    Maybe you could set in some kind of fork lift too! With a load on it going down the road.
  14. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Hi csx!
    These guys are right about a backdrop...
    A backdrop doesn't have to be anything just needs to be something that will obscure any "out-of-scale", or "real-world" objects from the field of view...

    Here's a couple of pics I took looking off the end of my layout, wherre there is no the viewer is somewhat distracted by cluttered basement shelves looming on the "horizon"...:eek:

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  15. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    Now, this is roughly the same shot, but this time, I propped up a sheet of masonite that I painted blue, at the end of the layout...
    This keeps the viewer's eyes on the modeled scene, & implies that there might be more just "over the horizon".

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  16. davidstrains

    davidstrains Active Member

    CSX, Charlie,

    Tyson and Charlie are right about the backdrop even if it is only a 12" - 18" piece of cardboard, linoleum, or wood setup to block the clutter behind the scene. Charlie has the simple version (painted a single color representing the sky and horizon while Tyson's blends with the locale). Either approach makes your scene look better instantly without touching the details on the layout. Doing the other things is gravy and can only make it better.:) :) :)

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