August 2001 - Page 46
One of the most difficult things to accomplish on a layout is realistic water, but with unending patience, layer-upon-layer of Envirotex and a critical eye, George has captured both the coloring and movement of an ocean scene... complete with whitecaps and waves. More mirrors have been hidden than you might imagine.
Once in a great while you can spot one, but not that youd catch your reflection in it. Lately George has removed several of his large billboards on the older section of the layout and replaced them with some of the new lasercut offerings on the market. Figures, street trash, and even some vehicles have also been shifted around to the new part of the layout to help simplify scenes that he now concedes may have been a bit overdone. While the F&SM is considered by many to be more of a giant diorama than an operating layout, nothing could be farther from the truth. George, like many of us, is reserving the operation part of the hobby for the completed layout. With flawless trackwork and DCC already installed, the actual trackplan of the F&SM lends itself heartily to big time railroading operation. Unfortunately, the F&SM has been somewhat typecast by many of us who arent fully aware of its operating potential, a point which George emphasizes in person, but publications seem to gloss over. With so much photographic documentation to study, Georges vision of his hobby can readily be likened to a Dickens novel, with all the color, fantasy, and even reality neatly staged and crafted with the hands of a master. Hence... it is time to end the banter. On a final note... the photos appearing in this article were all taken in the newer area of the layout. Because there is so much to see, we will feature even more photos of the Franklin & South Manchester in next months issue. George has gone through a metamorphosis of style, from the rooflines to the nature of his tiny vignetted scenes. Ive always found it more insightful to visually isolate scenic elements and view the finished results as a series of well composed concepts. Id recommend the approach to anyone truly interested in understanding the artistry of George Sellios.
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