Sunday, March 27, 2011

Layout Progress - March 27, 2011

I didn't get much more in the way of construction done on the layout, however, after talking with a few guys who have built multi-deck layouts, I decided to paint/prime the 2nd level. I was told that this would help in the lighting of the lower deck by reflecting the light back down. I spent the last few days of the week and some time this weekend priming the second level. Here are some photos:

There are just 2 layers of primer on the plywood but I think that should be good enough. If I had to do it over again, I'd probably prime prior to putting the 2nd level structure up. I also tweaked the 1st level layout design. Here's an updated plan:

I removed the power plant and put in a chemical facility. I also started to cut the hardboard for the backdrop. I'm hopeful to get that done over the course of this week and the upcoming weekend.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Layout Plan Updated

I've updated the Layout Plan, calling it version 1.0 (everything's been a 0.X up until now). Take a look at the Layout Plan page.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Layout Progress - March 14, 2011

This past weekend marked a milestone in this layout's building: the completion of all major benchwork. I finally built the helix base, something I've put off until plans were much more finalized.

The base is just 2x4s with the center space being 24"x24", just large enough to pop-up in. The bottom is about 30" off the floor so it'll be a crawl into, but hopefully after construction those instances will be few and far between. I then connected the center peninsula with the wall-mounted benchwork on this side of the layout:

I hadn't posted a picture before of it, but here are two pictures of the new section of benchwork for the psuedo-nolix/loop/straight climb area for transition between decks:

I'm debating on whether or not to paint the frame of the second level white. I've heard that helps to reflect light for the bottom level. I'm just not sure I want to put the effort in if it's only a minimal gain. If anyone has experience, good or bad with this, let me know. After that, it'll be running the bus wires for each level and cutting up the hardboard I bought for the backdrops.


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