Re: Backdrop construction

Mike Conder

Bill, their name is Plasticare.   About a block west and a block south of Santa Fe & Orchard in Littleton (or is it Englewood there? Close enough)

Ok it's Englewood. 

4211 S Natches Ct, Englewood, CO 80110
(303) 781-1171

And they have amazing stuff. 

For about $50 I bought 4x8 sheets of 0.040" & 0.030" & 0.020" and had them cut into 12"x12" squares.  Haven't bought plain sheet styrene in years!

So if you know the widths, they can cut it for you lengthwise, makes it easy.  Otherwise yes, long straight edge and I'd use an acrylic scriber from HD or Lowe's in the section where they sell acrylic sheet for windows.  Just scribe and snap!

Thanks place has all kinds of plastics, I bought Delrin 13/4" rods to use as pins for aligning my modules.  And all kind of casting resins and supplies. 

Hope that helps. 

Mike Conder

On Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 9:17 PM Bill Lugg <luggw1@...> wrote:
Lots of good ideas.  It certainly wouldn't be portable.  I'm a one man
show so it would need to be fairly short sections I could lift out in
the event of a problem behind the backdrop.  It's all just straight
track, but Murphy is alive and well, so I know something will happen at
some point.  I've got an inexpensive security camera system set up to
watch trains pass behind the "curtain".

I've just got to figure out how to mesh them together so they stay in
line with one another and so the whole thing doesn't come crashing down
if I take one out.

Mike, can you tell me where you get the styrene from?  I guess you'd
just cut it with a sharp knife and loooong straight edge, right?

Paul, likewise how do you cut the material you use?

Thanks for all the info, I really appreciate it.

Bill Lugg

On 12/10/20 5:27 PM, Mike Conder wrote:
> Removable or portable?  It depends a bit on how permanent it needs to
> be, as something that's moved weekly or for shows would be very
> different from something behind a layout that may only be moved when
> moving to a new house.  It also depends on how long it needs to be.
> Personally I'm at the latter stage and am seriously considering the
> 0.040" to 0.060" styrene.  We can get that in 4x8 sheets here in the
> Denver area.  I've also heard good things about some sort of flooring
> product like linoleum that can be one long sheet.  Also I've heard of
> aluminum and/or galvanized being available in long sheets/rolls but
> those may be harder to cut etc.  All these would need to be mounted on
> a frame I think.
> And just this week I heard of a thick artists' paper material that is
> some sort of sandwich (like foamcore but not sure it has the foam
> part) that takes paint extremely well (and probably glue for a
> backdrop photo) but I've forgotten the name.
> Mike Conder
> On Thu, Dec 10, 2020 at 4:23 PM Bill Lugg <luggw1@...
> <mailto:luggw1@...>> wrote:
>     I'm getting close to needing to construct a removable backdrop on my
>     layout.  It will be in sections and be about 24" to 30" tall, hiding
>     track that runs behind a yard.  I'm considering either 1/8"
>     Masonite (or
>     whatever they call it these days) or luan.  I figure the lighter the
>     better and I'd like to form part of it into a curve so flexibility
>     is a
>     consideration too.  I've never used luan so don't know what it's like.
>     What do you that have handled both recommend?
>     Thanks
>     Bill Lugg

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