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 Posted: Mon Apr 9th, 2018 10:34 pm
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Started the backdrop painting.
One wall sky painted.
The backdrop is 60' long and 4'6" tall.
I use regular wall paints.
I will wait a bit to paint the landscape until after I've started the benchwork.











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 Posted: Mon Apr 9th, 2018 11:29 pm
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Hi Michael :wave:



DARN that room of yours looks  C :cool: :cool: L



You could 'fake the Moon landings' ... & NO ONE would know the difference ...

... except if any clouds or K-27s get in the photos by mistake ! ;)



That sky painting just looks AWESOME !  :bg:



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I have started the benchwork.
It's 1/2" construction Plywood that I had the lumber yard rip for me in 5" widths.
I have glued and nailed the modules together.
The longest sections will be 8' and no one wider than 2'.
That will make it easier to move if needed.
This is the first two sections:







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Finally some creature comforts.

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Carpet laid and trim installed.





It made the room much more comfortable.




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Progress!





The first benchwork is up. The plywood construction makes it both light and strong.

And here is about a third of the benchwork up:








I selected to use 2x2 standing legs because if I'd used wall mounted brackets, it would have been difficult to match the wall studs.
In any case it's very sturdy.




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Michael,

This is the cloud painting technique I want to use on my layout. Beautiful!
First, overcoming my fear of doing it in the first place.

Perhaps I'll be brave enough to try a test on a piece of scrap masonite next week.
This might have finally got me motivated.

L:  Kevin


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Please share your results here Kevin.
A tip, if you want to control your wet on wet painting, use acrylic retarder. It makes it much easier to paint the clouds.

Decisions, decisions...


I'm planning the subroadbed, and the stations, yards etc. will have 3/4" plywood. But what about the lines then?

I haven't decided yet if I should use spline or ply subroadbed.


If I should build with spline, should it be 3/4" x 1/4" pine, or 1/4" hardboard?

How to fasten it on the risers? And how should the risers be constructed?

Any thoughts on this?



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Hi Michael  :wave:


All looking good.  :thumb:



I was wondering if you could say something about the choice of colour temperature  for your L.E.D. strips ?

I see you used 4800K lights.  :!:



I'm guessing there was a fair choice of colour temperatures available with the strips.  L:

Was it hard to decide on the 'K' value for the L.E.D.s ?



What decided you on the 4800K ones to use ?

Being a 'painter' I figured you chose pretty carefully.



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Hi,

I decided to use the 4800 K LEDs as they will give a more cool fill light.

It also picks out the sky color better.

I will use LED bulbs (3000-3500K) to give the light more life and warmth.




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Some more progress on the layout.





Almost 80% of the benchwork is ready.
The ones left to do are the curve sections.

I've also added the first 5/8" plywood roadbed.

I will use plywood roadbed on the stations and yards.
The inclines and upper tracks will be spline roadbed.


Spline raw material made from1/4" MDF that I sawed into 1" strips.





Tracks and turnouts.
I laid out some Peco turnouts to make sure the roadbed will fit the plan.





Laser cut sweep sticks for HOn3.
These are invaluable!

I got these made by a friend in the US.





It might be possible to lay the first tracks this weekend.




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