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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.

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