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Title: backscene help.
Post by: jim bewdley on December 13, 2019, 09:29:21 AM
A very good morning all, I'm looking for help in locating a company (or someone) who knows where I can get printed pictures of various subjects In N gauge or there abouts that I can cut out and glue to my back scene. My friend has done this on his oo layout (but unfortunately he can't remember where he got them from)  and it looks very impressive. Buying enough card kits to cover about 9 feet will cost me a divorce for sure, and after 56 years of having my meals cooked for me it's a road I'd prefer not to travel. L.O.L. Any help or suggestions will be very much appreciated. Take care. Kindest Jim.
Title: Re: backscene help.
Post by: port perran on December 13, 2019, 12:10:00 PM
Hi Jim

Simply typing something like “printed n scale backscenes” into Google will give you a fair few choices.
Or......take your own photos and print them out onto A4 size paper.
That’s what I do. That way you get the scene that you want.

Martin
Title: Re: backscene help.
Post by: jim bewdley on December 13, 2019, 02:06:51 PM
Many thanks, All sorted now.  Much appreciated. Tale care, kindest Jim.
Title: Re: backscene help.
Post by: Dorsetmike on March 15, 2020, 12:52:51 PM
2x10'x9" backscenes of terraced house backs

https://www.expotools.com/acatalog/N401-STANDARD-9--TERRACE-BACKS-N-GAUGE-95150.html#SID=346 (https://www.expotools.com/acatalog/N401-STANDARD-9--TERRACE-BACKS-N-GAUGE-95150.html#SID=346)

plus scroll down for 2 more of hills.
Title: Re: backscene help.
Post by: Papyrus on March 15, 2020, 01:30:14 PM
While on this subject, most smartphones (and digital cameras for all I know) have the capability of taking panoramic pictures. Has anybody successfully converted such a one into a backscene? I ask because I would like to make a backscene in autumn colours, which doesn't seem to be available off the shelf.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: backscene help.
Post by: port perran on March 15, 2020, 02:29:23 PM
While on this subject, most smartphones (and digital cameras for all I know) have the capability of taking panoramic pictures. Has anybody successfully converted such a one into a backscene? I ask because I would like to make a backscene in autumn colours, which doesn't seem to be available off the shelf.

Cheers,

Chris
Hi Chris

The backscene on my Trepol Bay layout was taken using an iphone
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/88/230-150320142629.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=88991)
The back is made up of four sheets of A4 although I could perhaps have done a better job of hiding the seams.
Had I thought about it a bit more, I should have took more photos and carried on around the corner instead of  my feeble attempts with a paintbrush.
As the backscene photos are within walking distance of here, I may, in Summer, take more photographs to continue the sequence.
Regards
Martin
Title: Re: backscene help.
Post by: Dorsetmike on March 15, 2020, 04:00:56 PM
My OKI colour laser will print 4'x9" "banner; I've downloaded some 00 gauge back scenes and resized to N and done a few edits, adding cattle to a field, a tractor and trailer in another field,  combining sheets to give me 4' lengths, I also do sheets of sky  4'x9" I cut along the horizon of the scenic sheets and stick them over the bottom of the sky sheets to get an end result of about 4'x12"

These are work in progress, the sky wil be cut off these

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/88/2855-150320155532.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=89000)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/2855-150320155642.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=89001)

Some cloudy skies

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/2855-150320155957.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=89003)
Title: Re: backscene help.
Post by: Papyrus on March 15, 2020, 04:14:55 PM
Thank you, gents, that's just the sort of info I was after. I'm not ready to think seriously about this yet, but it's given me food for thought.

Cheers,

Chris
Title: Re: backscene help.
Post by: gentfam on March 30, 2020, 07:28:06 PM
Hi, yes these pictures look great! I tried to do the same myself once and it was moderately successful. Maybe you can use Photoshop or similar to produce a long narrow picture. Then you might try one of the online specialist printers to run it off for you. Personally, I went back to painting the scenes myself, even if the result was less impressive. I have however copied pictures of old adverts (often pictures of enamel advertising hoardings up for sale) and then reduced them in size to print them on photographic paper. It was fairly successful, but my first attempt came out too big, so I will need to go again reducing the pictures still further. Trouble is that then they are almost impossible to make out. That's the only problem with N Gauge of course!
Title: Re: backscene help.
Post by: Dorsetmike on March 30, 2020, 08:07:40 PM
An OKI colour laser can print up to 4'/1.2M banner paper, it can also print up to 220gsm card. I also print brick and stone textures (scalescenes and others) to A4 label stock which I can then stick to card, either bought A4 sheets of varying thicknesses or cornflake/weetabix etc packets.
Most phot/image editing software allows you to resize images as well as adding bits using copy/paste example find a pic of a flock of sheep or a few cows or a tractor and copy them, resize as necessary then paste into a field on your back scene, compare the following two, the first almost as downloaded, the second with tractor near bottom left, a few cows in the next field above, more cows towards upper right, and a fellow doing a bit of hoeing lower right (these are downsized, obviously we don't have 4' wide screens, or at least I don't!)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Dorsetmike's_pix/Dir_6/main_22867.jpg)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Dorsetmike's_pix/Dir_6/main_22868.jpg)

The original is one of 4 free downloads from this site, resized for  N gauge
http://www.windward.f1p.co.uk/download.html (http://www.windward.f1p.co.uk/download.html).

Gaugemaster do some backscenes The Faller ones are mostly suitable for continental layouts but at £20+, their own suit UK and are much cheaper at £5.75 for N gauge. They also stock Peco and Walther backscenes
https://www.gaugemasterretail.com/magento/categories/scenics2/scenics2-backscenes.html?p=3 (https://www.gaugemasterretail.com/magento/categories/scenics2/scenics2-backscenes.html?p=3)
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