|A Rutland Ry van hop using RS-1 405 passes the newly added building flats at Proctorsville, Vermont on the White River Division.|
The Proctorsville scene I thought would add a lot to my rural background scene. I thought I would only pick a small area of the background to build as building flats. For a number of years I had used a color copy of the the structures as the building flat. I enlarged the photocopy to HO scale, cut out the building and just set it among the trees near the backdrop. This past spring I decided to finally build the scene as my goal for 2011 was to finish my stalled planned updates. I should have had more close ups photos to figure out what the building features actually were. Since the scene was just a background I went with what I could see and what materials I had on hand. This project was a no cost build. I was only going to use what I could find in my parts boxes. I have a lot of part sheets of styrene, trim and windows. I also have a lot of various color slate shingles from other projects. Since the building only needed one wall and a very little amount of shingles I was in good shape.
|The built up wall sections are seen with the photo I used to come up with the backdrop flat.|
|The paper backdrop was used on my layout till the building flats were finished. I left out the garage and the newer building with the skylights during construction.|
|This view shows the width of the building flat. Just enough to make it look as if there is a row of homes behind the trees.|
|I don't waste any of my scrap wood and styrene. I use it all for bracing. The cardstock base is also seen attached. I use Walthers Goo to attach the bracing and base.|
|The building flat are finished and in place. You can be the judge if the roof lines add to my background scene.|
|A closer look at the building flats once in place. A few added details and trees help bring things to life.|
|An view from above of the finished scene.|
To get the building flat into the scene a good number of trees were removed. The flat was put in place then extra trees and details are added to hide the terrains ups and downs. I did not want to rebuild the ground area.
Well my updates for 2011 are half complete. The CV coaling tower is done, now the Proctorsville flats are in place. I am half way through the Crosby Coal kit and I plan on building the Polka Dot diner at WRJ...my drawings are almost done...George Dutka