I deliberately set myself the challenge of building a realistic-looking layout within a very small area. But for photographic purposes, I wanted to convey the illusion of a far larger layout with lots of depth to the surrounding landscape. I did this by making two standalone hills that could be positioned behind the layout to create the illusion of forced perspective. The trick was to make the hill at the front in 1:76 scale and the one behind in 1:148 scale to fool the eye into perceiving greater depth. As long as the hill closest to the layout is smaller than the scale of the layout itself, you don’t have to use 1:76 and 1:148 scales. However, the advantage of working in these scales is that there’s an abundance of buildings, trees, and figures (should you wish to include them) readily available - whereas if you’re working in 1:50 scale for example, you’ll be forced to scratchbuild. The hill closest to the layout was populated with 1:76 scale trees, and the smaller hill, which would be positioned behind, was populated with 1:148 scale trees. As an additional detail, Bachmann Scenecraft 1:148 scale cows (379-341) were fixed in place, too. Referring to the diagram (Figure A) you will notice that the horizon line sits above the foreground. This effect is best illustrated when looking down a long straight road - even if it’s flat, it will appear to slope upwards towards the horizon line. With this in mind, the smaller 1:148 scale hill will need to sit higher than the larger hill in front. The best way to judge this is to use both trial and error, and your eye. Also experiment with how close or far away you place the hills in relation to each other, as this will affect the sense of perspective, too.