If you have just clicked through from the modellers website, please do have a read through this introduction, then scroll down the page to discover more about the activities during a weekend scenics and landscape course.
I have recently added several more examples, including many of the actual test sections produced during the course.
Please do have a look around the rest of the site if you have time, and keep up with some of the progress on my most recent 3D backscene projects in the ‘latest news’ section. By all means ask any questions you like using the link provided.
This page outlines some of the many benefits of attending the Missenden Abbey railway modellers, and I’m very proud to have been asked to do their backscene and scenics course. For more than 30 years now, long before I started, these unique events have been held at the Abbey, and the subject list covers an increasing range of aspects of railway modelling as the hobby evolves.
Primarily then, the idea is to teach many of the skills associated with railway modelling, both old and new. The options range from chassis construction, CAD Design, electronics and landscape study to kit-building, soldering and tracklaying as well as airbrush painting and weathering. In virtually all cases, the Abbey organisers recommend applying the techniques directly to your own project.
Learning how to solder, how to use an airbrush, programme a locomotive, build scenery and paint distance, make and wire up your track – whatever level you’re aiming for, our courses are designed to equip you with the skills necessary for taking an active and enjoyable interest in the hobby. The courses aim to provide not only the knowledge, but also the confidence to use it.
Getting the best from your weekend session does involve a certain degree of preparation, so if you do have a project to bring along, by all means use this page as a guide to assemble a folder of useful reference. This is best kept as partly printed and drawn images for the purposes of tracing and colour maps, and some digital files with bookmarks to useful sites and image libraries. Period maps, photographs and a file of any surviving features from a site visit along with layout pictures and sizes to get it all planned and positioned as best as possible.
Basically this is an on-line resource with the capability of generating a topographical line drawing from any location in any direction from any height. It’s a great way to establish your specific contour profiles and skyline. Once you have a horizon datum line for your backscene, you need only work out the viewing elevation (eye level height above rails at layout scale) enter it into the parameters and just re-size the panorama before applying it to your horizon.
The image can be overlaid onto the horizon datum line drawn onto the rear panel, and it’s usually based on the average public viewing height for exhibition layouts.
As an example of just how effective this is I’ve done a really quick example looking inland over Porthmadog Harbour station and the cob towards Yr Wyddfa and Moelwyn
Altogether quicker than working it all out with profiles in perspective and it allows more time for painting (which it won’t do)…yet. I’ll be out of a job when that happens!
It need not be restricted to a 2D image, as each layer can be separately done, building to layout scale nearby like the inset.
Give it a try and donate to it’s well being
A few examples of project work.
To sign off with, here is a picture of the traditional chocolate frog souvenir that you get as proof of Missenden initiation. You really do have to earn these, so here goes………….