The M-K & Eastern RR
Installed the second LED strip today.
The light level will probably be okay when I can install the outer LED strips as well.
I have to build the valance first, so it'll be in the right places.
My plan is to have the valance about 2-3" outside of the layouts edge.
The LED strips has a 40° light angle will be mounted 20° inward so it will light straight down at the front, and towards the backdrop.

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Started the backdrop painting. One wall is sky painted with clouds.
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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That looks great, although I'm not surprised. Applause Applause Applause

Fantastic sky!!!!

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That sky is the work of an artist. It is more than a casual hobby painting!
faraway Wrote:That sky is the work of an artist. It is more than a casual hobby painting!
You might be right... Wink
Some of my paintings.
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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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Looking all good Michael!
Finally some creature comforts.
Carpet laid and trim installed.
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It made the room much more comfortable.
You are a person of many talents! Great backdrop and paintings!

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

And here is about a third of the benchwork up:

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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. ?
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?
The only time I used spline, it was cut 1/2" thick from a 1x6 (or so). I managed to make a 36" radius bend in it and glued it so that it kept the bend. What I was doing (spanning 2 doorways) didn't require risers, but I would probably go for 1x2 or 1x3 uprights with a 1x1 cleat at the top. (see book on L-girder benchwork).
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Some more progress on the layout.

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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.
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Tracks and turnouts. I laid out some Peco turnouts to make sure the roadbed will fit the plan.
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Laser cut sweep sticks for HOn3. These are invaluable!
I got these made by a friend in the US.
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It might be possible to lay the first tracks this weekend.

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