The Backdrop Question – Is Black Beautiful?

One of the main issues of micro railroading is to simulate the wideness of landscape. Hmm…how to achieve, if there are only a few centimeters in depth? If you are a gifted painter, grap brush and colors and paint your favorite landscape on the layouts rear wall. If you are not…better try a less ambitious alternative.  Ok, no backdrop is not the best choice, that´s obvious…

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…”Schnakenhörn” started without a backdrop…

May be a more neutral backdrop is a possibility to solve our problem? Let´s try a black backdrop. Not bad at all…isn´t it? I liked the dramatic look…but after some time I have had enough of the permanent stormy atmosphere…

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…”Krumme Fohre” changed from black to sky blue…

My next attempt was to use a panoramic photo as a backdrop. I am not quite content with reflections and edges, but overall (and for the moment) I like the naturalistic version more.

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…the same comparison..abstract or naturalistic…

The same story once more…Also “Grub am Forst” got rid of it´s black backdrop. The new one was a commercial backdrop showing a bucolic scenery. Unfortunately I wasn´t able to avoid problems with gluing. Using spray adhesive was not one of my best ideas…

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…”Grub am Forst” moved from black to blue, too…

There are two more versions left. In Europe the sky is often more grey than blue. So I tried light grey at my harbour station “Weserkai”. Looks more friendly and reminds me of a rainy day at the coast…

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…grey may be an alternative…seen at “Weserkai”…
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…”Sioux Falls” – and now for something completely different: the mirror trick…

For the sake of completeness I have to mention the mirror trick. At “Sioux Falls” the mirror was used to make the layout seem longer. Ok, your choice. There is more than one way leading to Rome…

Cheers!
Alex

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“Krumme Fohre” – shelf switching on 210 x 45 cm

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..that´s all – really! “Krumme Fohre” a little big layout

No space – no model railroading? If you think so, there is good news for you! Even a gauge 0 layout (1:43,5 or 1:45 if you want) fits into tiny space. And 210 x 45 cm (6,9 x 1,5 ft for our friends from oversea) is really tiny, isn´t it? 0,94 squaremeters of model railroad will probably find a place in a small living room as well. You don´t have to build a new house nor to kick your kids out to generate space for a model railroad. What about time and money? Ok…it depends. Certainly it´s possible to spend a lot of your salary and most of your free time for model railroading. If you want…and if there are no other hobbies like family or traveling you may do so. If not, try a compact layout or micro layout, how the late king of compact railroading, Carl Arendt, named it. For sure your roommates will thank you…

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…ok, you´ve seen it already…but not in colour…

You are not yet convinced that compact railroading is best for you? Ok, I will try my very best…First have a look on some more impressions of “Krumme Fohre”.

Hmm…only two points and four tracks. Obviously “Krumme Fohre” is not a busy big city terminus. Short trains, some Diesels and a handful of grotty freight cars – enough rolling stock to have a lot of fun. What you perhaps have recognized already – “Krumme Fohre” is designed after Ian Wright´s famous “Inglenook layout“. That means, there is a lot of work for the switchman. If you want to learn more about “Krumme Fohre”, please stay tuned…

See you…at “Krumme Fohre”!
Alex