Thank you again for your wonderful site…
I have started on a new layout (another micro)…
Lately I have been averaging about one per year…
This one I call my “No-Excuses layout” — I have tentatively named it “Terrapin Sidings”
The scale will be On30 and the baseboard is 12″ by 41″
It should fit on an Ironing Board… One of the inspirations is a popular British layout called “Ingleton Sidings”
Why is it “No-Excuses”? So far I have less than $10.00 in the baseboard… I expect the total to be less than $20.00 when all is said and done. The track is all brand new Peco and Atlas… So far less than $55.00
The baseboard is Foamcore board… a thin foam sheet that is backed on both sides with heavy paper.
It is easily cut with a straight-edge and a single edge razor blade. The whole thing is clued together with PVA (White Glue). This pretty much wipes out all potential excuses about why one cannot build a layout to run their trains on….
A little more progress..
The “Sleeper Thief” has been in action… The goal being to offer a kind of industrial tramway look to it.
I thought of sending the picture with this caption “The Notorious Sleeper Thief, Sir Charles Bullhead, has struck at Terrapin Yard”.
Also, here are a couple of photos concerning the wiring… Simplicity plus with the power soldered to the rail joiners and running through a pair of holes poked in the baseboard with a coat hanger.
Here are a few more photos on how I operate my turnouts (switches).
I use piano wire with a small hook at each end. I run the wire through a small channel cut in the baseboard and I cover the channel with tape.
Most of the track has now been pinned to the baseboard now.
“Here are some things that I use:
1) Grape Myrtle ends after the blossoms die make great trees. I then add lichen painted different shades of green.
2) Get dried blocks of clay and crumble for use as real dirt.
3) I collect different sizes of saw dust and can use food coloring to make grass or other items
4) From Home Depot I got returned cans of Venetian Plaster to use to make and cover hills and stone walls make from chicken wire and newspapers with wall paper paste.
5) Go to the fabric store and look at felt to use for grass, gray for around track and brown for dirt.
6) I save any wire I get my hands on (telco, low voltage, old lamp cord, etc.)
7) I look for moss and when dried paint different color green or brown as needed.
Thanks to John and Larry! Please do keep ’em coming.
And thanks for all the comments on the ebay cheat sheet too. Latest one is here.
That’s all for today folks – please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the big day when you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.