This quick tutorial will show you how to create a nice scenic ridge for your layout in SCARM and to see how it will looks in the reality, by use of the 3D viewer.
For the purpose of the tutorial, I will use a simple oval track plan:
To make a simple scenic ridge in the middle, I will create a long and narrow rectangle by use of the Figures in SCARM.
|Before you begin, take a look on How to work with figures FAQ topic in the documentation, if you are not familiar with them.|
I will set the height in the Properties window to be 400mm (15.75″), but you can use any height that will suit your needs:
To finish the scene, I will place a tunnels over the two short straight tracks that are crossed by the ridge:
Instead of rectangle, you may use polygon and design a scenic ridge with one or more corners:
|When using rectangles, you can see the dimensions in the status bar when a rectangle figure is selected. For polygons, you will need to measure each panel by use of the Measuring tape (in “Tools” menu).|
A few examples of layouts, with scenic ridges can be seen below:
Jim’s Layout Project in N Scale
Bluewater & Grandview Railroad Layout in N Scale
Nathan’s Pass Railroad Layout in N Scale
More plans and layouts like these can be found in SCARM Model Railroad Layouts & Track Plans database.