Backdrop in LDJ-52

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The latest issue of the Layout Design Journal is in the mail to members of the Layout Design Special Interest Group, and it includes an article on how I used fabric for the backdrop and valance on my Port Rowan layout.

In this five-page article, I discuss the rationale for using fabric, some tips for dealing with a 70-foot length of material, and offer ideas about things to do and things to avoid to get the best out of a fabric backdrop and valance. I hope you find it an interesting read.

(And don’t let the $12 cover price fool you: The Journal is a bargain, because you receive four issues as part of your LDSIG membership. The Journal really is a valuable addition to the library of anybody interested in improving their design skills so that they can build a better layout.)

Best of all, LDJ-52 debuts a new look for the magazine – including full-colour printing. I’ve seen a proof of my feature and the colour makes a huge difference. I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of the issue.

4 thoughts on “Backdrop in LDJ-52

  1. Good quality garden filter fabric is what I use. Cheaper alternative than trying to wait for a fabric store to put their bolts on sale. Especially if you have a large amount to cover. I needed 2 100 ft roles and cost was only about 40 USD total. Plus it folds over easy without need for any sewing

    • There are always choices, Ken. My blue fabric was a reasonable price and does what I want it to do. I’m happy with what I used.

  2. Good stuff, Trevor. Also good to see another Canuck, Ron Newby, published in LDJ. Ron and I have exchanged a lot of emails over the years on modeling the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway (the old Booth line).

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