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Backdrops?
« on: August 30, 2007, 09:07:11 PM »
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I am looking for backdrops for my layout and for the club too in a couple of scenes. Any one have experiance with anybody making them?

I tried Back Drop Warehouse and found there site too busy and hard to find info.

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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2007, 09:32:03 PM »
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Forget that, I'm a big fan of the white foamcore backdrop. It looks like a sky when photographed.

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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007, 10:50:04 PM »
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I went to Walmart and bought a bucket of cheap light blue paint.

I carefully applied it with a 9" roller while drinking beer and listening to the Beat Farmers.

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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007, 10:58:55 PM »
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I carefully applied it with a 9" roller while drinking beer and listening to the Beat Farmers.
Lee

Lee's Backdrop:



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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2007, 12:29:19 AM »
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Well I did the blue paint and clouds, but I have a couple of scenes where I was looking for depth.

Same at the club. We have a city scene and I would like to get a backdrop there to really get the feel of a large city.

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« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2007, 02:35:21 AM »
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I have some from Realistic Backgrounds, which is located in Pittsburgh. I don't have them installed yet, but they are reasonably priced and of good quality. I bought mine from Scenic Express

http://www.realisticbackgrounds.com/

http://www.scenicexpress.com/


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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2007, 07:24:33 AM »
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I went to Walmart and bought a bucket of cheap light blue paint.

I carefully applied it with a 9" roller while drinking beer and listening to the Beat Farmers.

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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2007, 07:27:06 AM »
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I love it when an obscure musical reference is picked up by the masses...

And Chuck, you owe me a discount on something, anything after that post!
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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2007, 09:02:52 AM »
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I love it when an obscure musical reference is picked up by the masses...

you want obscure musical references...

when i was building my 3rd HO layout as a teenager, i would listen to the Alan Parson's Project.  my brother had copied all the records to cassette and i would listen for hours while in the train room.  i think that scarred me for life, no doubt.  in the late 80's, i should have been listening to something more hip, like the Smiths... "GP 9 in a coma i know it's serious"

i guess it was as good a backdrop as any.  wait, this was about visual backdrops - light blue skies and false flats for dimension - the other stuff just looks like a picture IMO.

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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2007, 10:10:03 AM »
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I know this thread is about backgrounds, so my apologies in advance to Bob....

The Beat Farmers? I haven't even thought about them in 10 years.  I used to go see a lot of live music, and I saw the Beat Farmers at Shank Hall (yes, the Shank Hall mentioned in Spinal Tap) in Milwaukee in 1995 two weeks before Country Dick Montana dropped dead on stage in Canada at the age of 40.  That was one of the most hard-drinking bands I've ever seen.  I can't believe those guys could get so hammered and still perform.  About an hour before the show, we saw two guys carrying a huge tub of St. Paulie Girl on ice back to the dressing rooms.  The band continued to drink on stage, and by the end of the show they could hardly stand.  They never missed a note, and it was a killer show.  My two buddies and I were sitting at a little round table about 10 feet from the stage, and Country Dick continuously made us the subject of his off color jokes.  I laughed so hard I almost pissed my pants.  At one point, Dick approached our table and said "You better move those f@#kin' beers if you don't want me to spill 'em".  He then proceed to sit, straddling our table, for the next two songs, then sat on my friend Tom's lap facing him!) for another one.  I know it sounds weird, but you'd have to know the Beat Farmers, and see the show.  If you know the song "Brown Acres", the performance was something to behold!  Lee, thanks for stirring up a very fond memory!

If your interested, here's a good piece on Country Dick and the band:
http://sdam.com/artists/bf/kdrew.111195.html
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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2007, 10:46:45 AM »
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Now everyone knows why I hate corporate radio.  Music is too vital to civilization to be left to the likes of Kasey Kasem and Dick Clark...

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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2007, 11:22:29 AM »
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What a groooovy sky man.    Far Out man!!

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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2007, 11:28:01 AM »
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Wow, this thread has taken a strange turn.  I'm waiting for a Warren Zevon reference, although that would be late 70s / early 80s...

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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2007, 11:32:46 AM »
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If you're looking for some depth, I'm really not a huge fan of the "Realistic Backgrounds" ones. They're far too glossy and far to detailed to really look  "right" to me. They all need to have the saturation turned down, and be sprayed with a matte finish. Then they MIGHT look good.

You know what I'd do? I'd look around the internet for stock photos of cityscapes and get them printed.

Also, I've NEVER been a fan of the blue sky & clouds backdrop. I feel like the blues are usually too blue, and the clouds too cloudy looking.


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Re: Backdrops?
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2007, 11:39:35 AM »
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when i was building my 3rd HO layout as a teenager, i would listen to the Alan Parson's Project...

Hey, another Alan Parsons alumnus. I was into quite a lot of head music back in the day (still am on occasion). Tangerine Dream, Jade Warrior, Roger Powell, Beaver & Krause, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk...

Oh, this thread is about backdrops. I've been looking at panoramic posters. I've just ordered a sky panorama for my Z scale layout. Not sure if there's anything else that's useful, but it might be worth a look:

http://www.allposters.com/-st/Panoramic-Photography-Posters_c84752_.htm

There's also this:

http://www.1000skies.com/
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