My second ttrak module needed to have a transition down from the raised
ground of my first module. I also wanted to use a recently purchased
Tomytec temple, so I decided to model a small slope and then some flat
ground for the temple. Finally, to add further interest I thought would
try to add a mountain backdrop.
I began by mocking-up the module using a sheet of paper, a few pieces of
painted foam insulation, and some random trees I had laying around. This
helped develop shapes for the hill and backdrop, but my initial reaction
was that the green color was not sufficiently interesting. I replaced the
paper with form core on the second attempt, and tried autumn colors - which
I decided that I liked much better.
The Tomytec temple went together easily with the only problem being that
the front steps were not quite level. Tomytec also makes figures of people
at a temple, which were fun to add as well.
By now I had discovered than much of the fun of building a ttrak module was
photographing it from various sides and angles. However, using my desk as
a platform led to much unwanted clutter in the background. To overcome
this I built a simple ttrak "photo studio" with a sky background. This
allows me to surround the module with extra trees, hills or buildings to
provide added depth to a scene. The background hill was cut from a paper
grocery bag and clump foliage was then attached.
Best of all, you can now turn the module completely around and take photos
from the other side.
So my second ttrak module is nearly complete and I've found that my "photo
studio" is useful for photographing other small projects. Recently I've
diverted my attention from ttrak to preparing buildings in anticipation of
delivery of a Kato Unitram system. There's always something to do in the
world of N Scale Japanese railroads.
More photos and enlargements of the ones above can be found in Curts Ttrak Photo Gallery here.