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Old 03-16-2014, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default Dowse National - New Professionally Printed Backgrounds

I've been working on my 1:400 Scale US Classics Airport diorama for quite a while now as detailed in this thread:

http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/...s-airport.html

and here also:

http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/...alifornia.html

http://www.diecastaircraftforum.com/...a-georgia.html

I had created a background scene by purchasing a background from Model Airport Background #5 | Airport Diorama Designs and then modifying it using MS Paint to remove modern aspects like the dome, some buildings and the WN 737 and make it match up to my taxiways.

Recently I also butchered it to create two side scenes one with additional office buildings added through Google image captures. I was quite happy with the result except that the joins between A3 sheets was obvious and that I couldn't get my work printer to print to card correctly. Plus I live in a seasonally damp climate and the paper / card tended to get wrinkles which was very annoying.

Finally I decided to take the leap and get the backgrounds professionally printed (at least the back and right side anyway). The result is a matte laminated all one sheet background which looks better and is immune to damp issues. The only minor issue is that it is darker than the standard printed look. Anyway here is how it looks and these shots also show the general layout of Dowse National too:


Dowse National Model Airport New Backgrounds by rstretton, on Flickr


Dowse National Model Airport New Backgrounds by rstretton, on Flickr


Dowse National Model Airport New Backgrounds by rstretton, on Flickr


Dowse National Model Airport New Backgrounds by rstretton, on Flickr


Dowse National Model Airport New Backgrounds by rstretton, on Flickr


Dowse National Model Airport New Backgrounds by rstretton, on Flickr
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:30 AM   #2
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Looks great! I'd love to do that!
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