Model the autumn
Man for all seasons Peter Marriott shows you how to capture the essence of autumn on your layout.
Peter Marriott shows you how to capture autumn on your layout.
Autumn is not one of the most popular seasons to model but it can look very distinctive. There are now a good number of products to help us model this season much more easily, and it certainly can be fun converting a green landscape into a colourful autumnal scene. There is no ‘typical’ autumn scene because every area of Britain has its own characteristics. For example, the rainfall and temperatures in Kent will be very different to those in northern Scotland. That said, there are some common features that appear with the change from summer to winter: The changing of the leaves on trees is surely one of nature’s most splendid sights. It’s not just the leaves on trees that change, as grasses and weeds turn a tired brown, and smaller leaves in hedges and bushes go through a variety of yellows, browns and red shades. The change in leaves is combined with beautiful fruits and berries, bringing further colours and textures. Farmers are in the fields harvesting their crops, and the ground in orchards is littered with fallen fruit. Autumn is like any other aspect of railway modelling in that there is a huge array of products and techniques to choose from. What follows are my recommendations for an authentic autumn scene.
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