Have been lurking here a while, but thought that I'd better come out into the light & share some progress.
I'm modelling Clear Creek Canyon circa 1930 in On3, in a 'studio' room above our two-car garage. That provides a comfortable layout space, complete with carpet, TV and a beer fridge! The layout is about 2/3 scenically complete, running from staging (for Golden) via Elk Creek & Forks Creek, to Black Hawk, Idaho Springs & Silver Plume. Most scenes aim to capture the 'flavour' of the prototype - I'm more focussed on making an interesting layout (so far from Colorado here in Australia!) than an exact replica.
On Friday I was scanning old forum posts and happened across Doug Tasgold's panorama of the hillside behind Idaho Springs. My own scene had only a blue-painted wall as yet. I contacted Doug off-post and he kindly shared his image file. Five trips to our local printer later, by Sunday evening I could mount a nice photo backdrop behind my scene. The IS depot is scratch build from card, using windows and trim laser-cut by Outback Model Company (thanks Laurie); other structures are freelanced and as yet, are just propped in place. The backdrop gives the whole scene a lift - this should spur me to get stuck into adding structures & details, etc.
Thanks very much Doug - a great example of collaboration via this forum!
The backdrop is composed of five individual shots that I used photoshop to merge into one long panoramic image.
Here in the states, the entire image can be printed on two 2 foot by 8 foot prints which Walmart calls "Banners" for under $30 each.
Now I'm crying, Doug! I paid about $A200 (around $US170) for a 12" high print; you guys can get a bigger one for much less!
I did like that my print was on self-adhesive film (a plasticised-style paper). This made it very thin, so the vertical seams didn't show; and the self-adhesive backing made it quite convenient to apply.
Now I'm doing the math, on the linear feet of photograph prints I'd need to stretch around the rest of the layout...