New landscaping pics posted

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

  1. dannparks

    dannparks New Member

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    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

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

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    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 ?

    Jacques
  4. Herc Driver

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    Wow - very nice work! From one Nscaler to another...my 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

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    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!
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    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

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

    :thumb:
  9. roch

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

    Great Scaper New Member

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    That does look awesome! :D
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    Very nice work, thanks for sharing!
  12. jesso

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    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

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    Very well done, thanks for sharing!! :thumb: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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    Dann , Super Work and a Super layout ! It looks just GREAT.
    Mike