Building a low relief backdrop

Creating a backdrop to a railway scene doesn’t have to rely on printed or painted backscenes. Mike Wild explains how the low relief scene at the back of Grosvenor Square developed.

Railway stations were often squeezed onto tight plots of land in city environments, having to find space between business and private properties. For a city terminus like Grosvenor Square, recreating that feeling of the railway been confined by its surroundings is an important step.

Early in the build we established ideas for different types of backdrop and building that we wanted to incorporate, but with just over 3in of depth to play with there wasn’t going to be much room for anything. That’s where the idea of low relief, or part relief, buildings come into play. They add a three dimensional look to a backscene without the need for full depth buildings which, in the case of this layout, could have added at least another foot to the width of the baseboards.

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