It’s not easy trying to capture the wide openness of the Pennines but Phil has managed it with aplomb by carefully blending the modelled landscape with the backscene.
“I used Ordnance Survey maps to determine the exact elevation change and slope gradient above the mouth of the tunnel and scaled that down to ‘N’ gauge. Close attention was paid to the soil ridges on this slope, which are lines of PVA glue to give some definition. The slope itself was made from styrofoam covered in filler, then I added the PVA lines and Woodland Scenics scatter material.”
There is plywood facing around the foam base, which provides structural support to the lightweight structure for display and transportation. It is a good idea to do this with foam baseboards to prevent pieces of the foam from breaking off.
The reason that the backscene is so effective is because it’s the actual scenery you’d see at the real location. Phil couldn’t rely on an off-the-shelf backscene, so he went to Standedge and took over 30 photographs before delicately stitching them together to make an image over ten feet in length, accurate to the real landscape. To give it structural support, both sides of the backscene have been given a satin laminate and it’s held upright on wooden supports.
You can read the full article in Model Rail 262 - Out Thursday June 13th!