Monday, October 17, 2011

Progress at Allingham - Backscenes

We exhibited our 00 layout Allingham at Ottawa Railfair this past weekend.  The new backscenes were debuted:

The backscenes are, of course, from the Townscenes range.  I have long been an admirer of these and this is not the first time I have used them.  We dithered for a long time on a decision for backscenes but I am not aware of a better product for the urban scene we have here.

I wanted to do something special.  Users of Townscenes will be aware of the recommendation to mount buildings on card to give a 3D effect.  I mounted my buildings on foam core using brick paper to wrap the sides.  Here's a useful site for brickpaper:

I also used 2mm card in some cases to give the roof a pitch.

I fabricated chimneys by wrapping paper around 1/4" balsa or birchwood.  Chimney top is a bit of card and chimney pots are from various sources including Wills, Dart Castings and Plastic tube.

Shortly after the show opened, there was a run on Townscenes at British Connection - the proprietors were very happy with us. 

You may note the fine looking signals.  These were built by one of our members and painted by another - still a bit more work to do.  These incorporate solenoids for actuation and plug into the board for transport.  In the next while a control panel will be wired up so that the next time we exhibit (GBTS in Brampton ON in April 2012), the signals will operate.  We had a demo the other week and I was pleased to see that the arms do bounce.



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