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Curved Backscene

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I'm seriously thinking of curving my backscene boards in two corners of my layout, it seems to get me out of a situation where I'm compelled to run trackwork into dead-ends for no reason.

Is it a good idea to curve backgrounds, probably looks better too.

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I guess it depends entirely on the track and scenic design as to wither corners maybe useful or not. Some curved back scenes look really well, wheras some corners can have fab scenic cameos or house useful trackwork, or act as scenic breaks. 

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Natural settings usually look better with curving - you can get away with sharp corners in urban settings more easily.

In rural settings, the sharp corner can be hidden with a tree or suitable building.

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Definatly go with a curved backdrop unless you can to disguise the the corner with a high building or senic feature. It's easily done using thin hardboard and while you are at it make them high enough. Mine are 2 foot high and really open up the scene. The photos show two curved corners and one where the corner was too tight to curve the hardboard. The difference is apparent.

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Patrick, nice work. The curved backscene works really well. Thanks for your examples.

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Install it before tracklaying begins. It will save a lot of aggravation.

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