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· Just another modeller
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QUOTE (harkins77 @ 24 Jul 2008, 21:54) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>With my wiring of the layout almost complete I am wanting to make a start on the scenic part of the layout.

The trouble is I have an idea in my head on how I want it to look but where do I start. Is there a rule that you follow when you are planning what your layout is going to look like scenic wise and how you go about making a start.

I mean I was wondering if there are any programs like the hornby hvr2 program where you can build scenery including adding scatter buildings and other things like signals so you can try first away from the layout until you are happy with what you want without going head first onto the layout and then having to rip it up and start again when it just doesn't look right.

*** To be honest I think that the right concept is to decide then plan the look and features of the layout before the track is finally planned in any way - that is the only way to create a natural looking set of scenery, as then, just like on the prototype, the track goes where it can due to geography and the railway goes to where it needs to go to service industry. Rai lservice facilities end up placed where convenient for the services needed after the PURPOSE of the railway is already decided.

Putting down the track then trying to shoe-horn in buildings will always be a challenge to realism.

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