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    Quote Originally Posted by Janbouli View Post
    Don't go ordering yet Mark , I sent them an email asking if they could do a 4 foot long backdrop at a special price for someone that has done so much for the N-scale world. I'll let you know as soon as I get an answer.
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    @Janbouli, that's really cool!

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    I looked at Photo backdrops on Amazon, the kind you would use in a studio for portraits, etc. I ended up buying this 5' x 7' backdrop for 13 bucks. It's bigger than I needed but i just folded over the unused portion around the frame I made to attach it to the layout. Anyway, the point is , it doesn't have to be in a Walthers catalog to be useful to a railroad modeler.

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    After all that, I decided to go with the self-adhesive vinyl instead (trimmed down from 80" to 72"). Anybody out there ever mounted this stuff? I'm thinking it's probably just peel-and-stick, but I couldn't find any instructions on the trainjunkies website to confirm that (lots of instructions for the paper backdrops, but nothing for the vinyl). My plan is to mount it to a sheet of foam insulation (the pink stuff) for portability. Then I'll just need to fashion a couple of support legs to hold it up.

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    Mark , here is a youtube from another vendor on mounting Vinyl Self Adhesive backdrops , might help you

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    Wow, what a clod. I should be able to do at least as good, lol.

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    I figured if he can do it , anyone can.
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    Unfortunately, he doesn't really start from the beginning. Still wondering if it's peel-and-stick. I mean, I assume it is, but assumptions always get me into trouble.

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    Well, I'd say about 80% success here. I'm not really sold on the self-adhesive properties of the self-adhesive vinyl (yes, it's peel-and-stick), and may ultimately swap this out for something else if it decides to pull away from the foam. But at least for now it seems good enough.



    My bright idea for supports was to use the pedestals from a couple of cheapie oscillating floor fans ($15 apiece from Menards, so not too bad). I mounted a couple of short pieces of PVC tubing up into the foam, which then slide onto the pedestal tubes. The pedestals are adjustable, so I can move the picture up and down as needed.



    I gotta say, the foreground corn looks awful darned tall to me (like "Land of the Giants" tall). I did order the N Scale version of the scene, so I don't know what the deal is there. Again, I may ultimately swap in a different picture, but at least for now it's better than having my grungy train room walls in every photo





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    i really like that. thanks for posting pics. around here the corn can grow that tall . out on the west side it grows really tall . its mostly cow feed corn that stuff grooows 7-9 feet +

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    The backdrop looks awesome .

    9 feet is normal on relatively good soil , corn can grow to 15 -16 feet on really rich soil with good weather conditions.



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    Wow, I stand corrected. That's some big-ass corn, lol.

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    I think it looks great it makes such a difference in the whole scene. And your structures blend in very nicely with it.

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    I think the prototype police are going to come after me for modeling a storage bunker full of harvested feed corn during the height of growing season. Yeah, it's a fair cop



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    P.S. Apropos of nothing, I'm just enjoying the new backdrop

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    Oh, and in my defense, it was either a pile of corn or about 40 assorted pieces of stored Ag equipment



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    I think it looks fantastic with your layout! I don't know where that is, but Kathy and I have been there.

    While traveling through Missouri on backroads one year, we stopped for breakfast in a small town. A table of farmers next to us was discussing their crops. One of them said he had put in 1,000 acres of feed corn, with 100 acres of sweet corn smack in the middle. "And those da**ed raccoons found it and stripped every ear from every blasted stalk!"
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