I've started a new project.
N scale has enormous potential for railfanning. It's the perfect balance between detail and size. However, most people have smaller layouts or narrow shelves so they can only do tight photo angles. But that's not what real life is like. In real life the trains are minuscule little snakes slithering through vast swaths of nature. I've always loved railroad pictures where the trains are dwarfed by landscapes. I seldom see model photos like that. And I can't say I've seen any large scenes that didn't involve mountains. I've always wanted to do something incredibly large--like the Royal Gorge in T to scale
(and that's only about six feet tall. Very doable.) or B&O across the Indiana plains in about 10x6 ft of just flat nothing (not so easily doable).
So that's the philosophy. Now that I have a fairly large bachelor pad that's not permanent enough to justify a layout, plus a new camera(!), I thought I'd act on my ideological convictions.
Last week I stumbled upon this photograph and immediately noticed it's potential. I'm a scenery novice with practically no experience. I think I can do kudzu though! I'm also from the deep south and even though it's not western PA where I model it still fits with my SAL interests. Southbound at Emerson
by Patrick Phelan
, on Flickr
I cobbled together a copy with my stash of free Styrofoam from work. It's about 6 ft. by 2.5 ft. That's still smaller than the real life, of course, but I still have to be able to transport this thing.
Here's a mockup.
I dragged out my B&O standard plans book and found that slopes are a 1:1.5 ratio. So much hacking and slathered plaster later and I've got this:
And here it is with the opposite slope mocked up.
I experimented with a different angle and immediately regretted only doing one side of the slope.
So I mocked up something to add to that side.
I'm barely into this but I've got a few thoughts so far:
1. I think I made the slope too large. I'll beef up the other area to compensate.
2. Focus stacking software is imperative for what I want.
3. It's dawning on me that the "three foot rule" might actually apply here. I've never had to deal with it before lol. Some things will matter though, such as ride height, weathering, and coupler size.