Poor woodworking skills aside, I decided to press on with building a switching yard puzzle in to a proper shelf layout. I cobbled the plywood base on to some cheap pine strip wood (1×4’s), and of course I assembled the whole thing upside down! This means that all the scenery will sit above the wooden frame, but it also will allow more space for wiring, as I plan to eventually wire the two switches to operate remotely! Oh and of course I also grabbed the wrong cut down frame pieces and cut the short end off of it! The old adage of measure twice and cut once missed me this time, as I was sure I had segregated the lengths into piles. Sigh!
Some work in process photos, showing laying the foam into the frame, carving a small stream bed for a bridge, the cutout were the control panel will go, and finally laying some thick sheets of cork on top because I didn’t like the way the foam came out. And let me tell you if you thought sanding foam was messy, try cork!
After laying the cork, I spent a few days feathering the edges and setting the creek bed edges so that I could build up some “concrete” bridge abutments before moving to some plaster work and getting some basswood cut down using the wife’s Circuit machine!
After getting the bridge all set, I loosely laid the track so that I could get an idea of where to drill for the switch wires. Eventually, I’ll hook those switches up to a DC controller and throw them remotely, but it’s much easier to have the wires in place before you glue the track down!
So with the plaster (really Sculpt-a-mold) dried, I took some time to lay down a base coat of two different shades of browns. Plans are to do the area beyond the bridge as a grassy field and the yard mostly gravel. I’m thinking down the road there may be a low hill lined with trees to set a backdrop for the yard, where most of the action will take place.
Anyway, this is just a quick catch-up on the model railroad project. A project that I’m really looking to build new skills and practice. Bonus that in the very near future I’ll have a small railroad to run and enjoy, even as I continue to add to it.