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Old 06-30-2019, 08:53 PM   #1
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Background Flats: Buy or Make?

Just curious, you guys make or buy your building flats? I was looking on eBay and thought they were a little high. I experimented and made my own. I just printed off a picture onto card stock paper, then cut it out and glued to some of my scrap foam board.
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Old 07-01-2019, 01:00 PM   #2
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I did the same thing and I also used photos of trees in some areas.
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Old 07-01-2019, 02:57 PM   #3
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I bought a few but Im going to try printing them out as well.
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Old 07-01-2019, 05:51 PM   #4
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If all you need is a flat, that's a better option than purchasing them, in my opinion.

Even a low relief building is pretty easy to make, especially if you download some textures from the web. Or you can use commercial texture paper and door and window castings, which is still cheaper than buying a model kit.
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Old 07-02-2019, 03:24 PM   #5
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I'm not sure if this qualifies as a flat, but I made backgrounds for my tiny 4x8 layout the old-school way: trees, lichen and some building fronts on foam core. Probably cheesy to today's railroader, but it works for me.
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Old 07-02-2019, 03:26 PM   #6
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And yes, I do have to replenish the lichen at the tops of the hills, which got squished down from being covered all winter!
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