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Scenic divider height
« on: January 16, 2011, 12:29:02 AM »
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What should be the height of the divider? It is 22" from table
top to the top of the masonite panel. It looks a little high.
Layout is 52" from floor.

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Re: Scenic divider height
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 12:38:31 AM »
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I used a 12" hollow core door.  It's enough to take care of photography needs, but not so much that you can't see the other operators that may be in the room!


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Re: Scenic divider height
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 12:41:13 AM »
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That's a great shot Lee and I like the door, how the hell did you cut it?
Another question? What's in your ground goop, I like it too. If fact I
like you too Lee. (I'm going to cut it to 12")
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Re: Scenic divider height
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 08:10:11 AM »
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Chuck,

I used the blue foam core from Hobby Lobby for my divider 15" Tall from the 30"x40"x5/32" sheet sandwich the cut sheet together layout about 50" height


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Re: Scenic divider height
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2011, 09:08:01 AM »
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I had to cut it to length, I think it's around 60" long, and I had to nick the 45 at the far end to accommodate the ceiling slope.  The good old circular saw did the trick.



I also had to nick out a bit where the Connellsville sub passes under it...



Just keep some sandpaper handy to clean up any jagged edges left by the saw.


In the perfect world, I probably would have preferred a 16" or 18" door, but this one presented itself at the right price (free!) so it worked out just the way I like it!

The ground goop I use is simply Sculptamold blended with more of that Burnt Umber craft paint.  I probably should have sought out a can of "oops paint" from Walmart or someplace.  Might have been a little cheaper given the amount of it I've used.  But it's tricky getting someone to mix the right color for me the same time they're mixing the wrong color for themselves!
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Re: Scenic divider height
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011, 10:51:21 AM »
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My preference for center divider height would be tall enough that I can not see the layout on the other side of the divider.All of this depends on how tall you are and how high the layout itself is.
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Re: Scenic divider height
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2011, 11:45:19 AM »
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I have done it both ways, and currently have my divider layout to ceiling.

While it does provide a better sense of walking around and adding distance, part of me still likes seeing other operators and making it feel like a "layout."

The other thing to consider, which I have not seen mentioned yet, is that the "to the ceiling" backdrops block airflow and certain parts of the layout may get too hot or cold, even in climate controlled room, due to lack of air flow.

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Re: Scenic divider height
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2011, 12:13:03 PM »
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Ideal would be slightly above eye level... it is a view "block"
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Re: Scenic divider height
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2011, 04:13:01 PM »
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There's a difference between a "view block" and a "scene divider" in my mind.  A view block is something I would use to blot out a water heater or some other non-layout thing.  Or, it's there to isolate a part of the layout, such as a staging yard, a helix or some other feature that's functional, but not necessarily a part of the scenery.

My definition of a scene divider would be any device that's employed to separate scenic vignettes within the layout.  This could range from Ed's stand of trees, to my 12" skyboard, to a structural wall in the house that separates the yard and the city from the mountains and prairies.

The height of it don't enter into it.  If you want it to be at eye level, or to completely obscure another part of the layout to propagate an illusion of distance, that's fine.  In my circumstance (and maybe yours) the scene divider is low for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, it was the material I had at hand.  But it works for me because:
A)  The peninsula juts out into the center of the room, and there's a ceiling fan directly above it.  Too much height, and I wouldn't be circulating air the way I need to.
B)  In the summer, I use a window rattler air condition unit.  A tall scene divider (and therefore no ceiling fan) would make it impossible to circulate air up there efficiently.
C)  I like to have a crew over now and again to run trains.  Having a low sky board makes it easier to see what's going on on either side of it, and makes chatting with the crew unimpeded by visual obstacles.

As I noted, the main thing I wanted was a "backstop" for the scenes on either side, and enough sky to work with low angle photos.  Too much height would not accomplish any of the above goals.

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Re: Scenic divider height
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2011, 04:47:37 PM »
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It's now 12"



much better....
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