Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Room Paint Colors

I've had some inquiries about the paint brand and colors used for the sky and benchwork. 

For everyone's reference, mostly mine, they are shown here (click on image or caption to go directly to the Sherwin-Williams web page):

The room walls above the benchworkare Sherwin Williams #6793 "Bluebell"

The walls below the layout, and the legs of the IKEA Ivar units, are Sherwin Williams #6222 "Riverway." (I plan to use this color for the fascia).

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Stubby Peninsula

A quick update on progress down in the basement. 

Most of the subroadbed in the "yard" and "town" areas - those sections where the terrain will be basically flat - has been installed. I temporarily propped up plywood in all the areas where the subroadbed will be cut to fit the track and taped large strips of paper to the plywood. I'll arrange flextrack on the paper, trace around it, cut it out and use the result as templates for cutting the plywood to shape.  
As I was positioning the track I realized it might help to have at least the first section of the peninsula in place to ensure the track curving onto the peninsula landed on benchwork and not on the floor. Luckily I'd pre-painted the components for the peninsula so when Stic stopped by the weekend before last we got the first 8 feet or so of the longer peninsula attached. In order to give some additional stability to the peninsula I used an IKEA Ivar cabinet. This will be useful for storing layout construction and scenery supplies - although the bottom shelf of the cabinet will house a couple of (heavy) boxes of magazines. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Video Layout Update #2

For those of you interested, I just posted a short (about 7 minute) video update. 
This features a quick pan of the layout area, showing the benchwork in its current state and then does some minimum radius testing on both a CV 2-8-0 and, just for fun, a 2-10-4. You can find it at the link here, or by clicking on the photo below. 
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