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    There are several companies that provide photographic print backdrops specifically for model railroading. I would love to hear if you have had experience with any of them? And, in particular, how well do their products work in N scale (so, no 18" tall fir trees, for example). I know that these are not cheap, on the other hand for such a critical part of the railroad, I don't mind spending about what I would pay for a good loco anyway. Any other suggestions?

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    In Germany, there is a company specialized in backdrops for almost any scale: JoWi (http://www.modellbahn-hintergrund.de/hg.html).
    They have not only ready-made backdrops, but you can also combine different motives for your special needs (http://www.modellbahn-hintergrund.de/jowi2012.pdf). They are printed on 180g paper.
    Some of their backdrops can be lit, so that you get a day-night-effect. They are printed either on a special film or directly on plastic plates. Some years ago, they made the largest backdrop with day-night-effect (150m length, 1,30m height) at the the Modellbahnwelt Oberhausen, which doesn't exist anymore, unfortunately.
    They make scalable buildings and low-relief buildings on CDs, too (http://www.modellbahn-hintergrund.de/relief.html).

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    I have had backdrop warehouse, http://backdropwarehouse.com/indexbdwh.htm and been extremely happy. Get lots of complements on the backdrops as well. Lots of choices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bicknell View Post
    I have had backdrop warehouse, http://backdropwarehouse.com/indexbdwh.htm and been extremely happy. Get lots,D complements on the backdrops as well. Lots of choices.
    The only thing I find hard is to navigate their website
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    I used the "Realistic Backgrounds" from Model Train Stuff, and am very pleased with the quality and price. The selection is more limited than Backdrop Warehouse, but the prices are much lower, and the MB Klein website is a lot easier to navigate.
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    I have not used them myself, but I've seen a couple of members here have and they seem to have been happy with the product:
    http://www.tracksidescenery.com/index.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by ike8120 View Post
    The only thing I find hard is to navigate their website
    I'm sure their service and products are first rate, but their web designer should be hung by his toenails.

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    I used Scenic King, good quality.

    http://www.sceniking.com/

    Here are a couple different shots of mine installed.



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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasJeff View Post
    I used Scenic King, good quality.

    http://www.sceniking.com/
    Unfortunately, it looks like they've retired. They did have some retailers, so it may be possible to get some stock still on shelves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ike8120 View Post
    The only thing I find hard is to navigate their website
    You are not kidding about that
    Website....FAIL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony35 View Post
    You are not kidding about that
    Website....FAIL!
    Looks like their customer service is a bit lacking as well. Figured something as confusing as their website would come with an offer to help. All I could find is what they weren't responsible for if you screwed it up and no place to seek out help to understand the transitions, etc. They seem to have the best available background options, but everything screams stay the hell away from them.

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    I agree. They have some great images, but the website was difficult to navigate. Anyone else actually order a backdrop from them and have a good experience? Leo, what did you do when ordering your backdrop that worked out so well for you?

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    This would be why ScenicKing no longer has customer service:

    Andy C.,
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    My build thread: http://www.nscale.net/forums/showthr...706#post476706

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    Quote Originally Posted by genshed62 View Post
    This would be why ScenicKing no longer has customer service:
    I thought they were talking about backdrop warehouse?

    Both sites would make any self respecting web or marketing designer die from shock, so it's easy to confuse them. Then again, this was a big budget site 20 years ago: http://www.warnerbros.com/archive/sp.../movie/jam.htm
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