New landscaping pics posted

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by dannparks, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. dannparks

    dannparks New Member

    Urged on by all the great layouts shown on this forum, I have been working on the center parts of my 4x10 free standing layout. Finishing buildings, painting, weathering, foliage and some scenery. New pics posted here:

    Picasa Web Albums - Dan - N-scale model...

    It's amazing how much effort it takes to really detail out a few square inches. You work for days on an area and it still looks empty when you see it in a camera closeup. My hats off to those modelers who can create a super detailed miniature reality to every square inch of a layout.

    BTW, what is the best camera to shoot layouts with?
  2. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    A very nice job. Thanks for the post and the pics.
  3. Biased turkey

    Biased turkey Active Member

    Nice work, congrats.
    Your scenery has everything: hills, trees, talus, roads. bushes. Highly detailed.
    For sure I'll bookmark the link to your pictures.
    The only missing element seems to be some water, but I see that you have some planned.
    What material are you using for dirt roads ?
    Do you make a base ( cork roadbed, foamboard etc.. ) before sifting the dirt or do you glue the dirt directly to the pink foam ?

  4. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    Wow - very nice work! From one Nscaler to compliments on such exacting work. I like the way you made the buildings work into the ground cover...nicely done.
  5. dannparks

    dannparks New Member

    Thanks for the encouragement. I'm using Woodland Scenics Fine Dark Brown Ballast for the dirt aresa, although I wish it were a little bit finer. I'd like to try real sifted dirt at some point. Everything is glued directly to the foam, including the track. I hope it stays put. I use alcohol as a wetting agent and soak it with scenic cement. I have some Magic Water that I have been very anxious about using. Water seems to be an easy way to screw things up!
  6. scubadude

    scubadude Member

    Well, I've got one thing to say.....your layout is BAD TO THE BONE! :thumb: I really like the "feel" of your layout, I think I might steal a couple of your ideas fair and square :twisted:.......
  7. dannparks

    dannparks New Member

    Hey Herc. Thanks for the comments. Making everything match to the same ground level and look natural is a real trick. Sometimes you have to raise the foundation, sometimes cut a hole to sink it. Most buildings seem to have a lot of brush next to them and that seems to hide a lot of "seams." Do you have any layouts posted?

    Who do you fly 130's for? My other "train" is an RV-6A that I use to escape the earthly bonds. Pictures in my Picasa Gallery.
  8. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    Very nice work! It's amazing how much a bit of green on the layout chages the way it looks!

  9. roch

    roch Member

    That is amazing. Keep up the gteat work and keep taking pics.
  10. Great Scaper

    Great Scaper New Member

    That does look awesome! :D
  11. umtrr-author

    umtrr-author Member

    Very nice work, thanks for sharing!
  12. jesso

    jesso Member

    Great looking layout! You have done a very nice job with your scenery and it looks like a very fun track plan.
  13. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    Very well done, thanks for sharing!! :thumb: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
  14. fifer

    fifer Active Member

    Dann , Super Work and a Super layout ! It looks just GREAT.

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