Alas, I found no stripwood and the only trestle kit I found was in N scale. I thought all was lost until we were leaving and friend JohnG reached into his bag and pulled out these:
|Already starting to modify them by removing the track clips and mounting slots|
Here's the overpass and all the trestle pieces ready to go:
|If you've visited this blog for a while, you've probably guessed that I love "what's on your workbench" photos.|
|Here's the masonite backdrop in place. The seam on the left is all done (3 coats of topping, sanded in between coats), and a piece of vinyl in the corner|
The above pic shows the masonite backdrop in place. The seam on the left is all done (3 coats of topping, sanded in between coats) and a piece of scrap vinyl to form a coved corner.
Since the edges of the vinyl needed to be feathered in, I used my handy dandy fiberglass mesh tape.... and some more topping. Here's the result once all the sanding and (re)topping were finished:
This would provide a good base/backing for the photo backdrop. But first, I wanted to figure out how far down I needed to paint the sky. So I taped up the photos temporarily:
This way I knew I didn't have to paint ALL the way down to the "snow" (since the photos would cover the lower portion of the masonite). Here's the backdrop all painted:
Once I got in the painting mood, I figured it was time to tackle painting/coloring the trestle parts and overpass. I'll go over that in the next post.