Like so many, I have enjoyed your blog very much and have used so many tips and tricks from your readers.
It has been a while since I have sent you something to share, primarily since I am in the process of reconstructing 3/4 of my layout.
When I first took up the hobby 6 years ago I started with a 4 by 8 foot piece of plywood and had a blast building a N scale layout.
About two years ago, I also upgraded to DCC which was a total game changer for me. I would add on to the layout piecemeal as time went on until the layout took up my entire basement.
The problem was my benchwork was a mess, because my carpentry skill is so poor and the benchwork never totally matched up.
So I decided to take down the entire section that you will see in this video and start all over.
I made sure the bench work was consistent and covered most of it with 3/4 in foam board.
I relaid all the track and made sure everything ran smoothly before I started the scenery. I then recreated all of the scenery, taking my time, making sure I captured the look that I wanted.
Again, a great deal of the tips and techniques I used came from your blog.
I have been doing this “rebuild” for approximately 4 months and have really enjoyed the process.
Since I retired a year ago, this project has helped me stay busy during this awful pandemic.
I will keep you updated as I finish the project (if we ever really finish).
Thank you for providing such a great service to us modelers.
Now on to Don:
“Hello Mr Lee,
I will introduce myself as an old fool, when you see my plan you probably will suggest the adjectives are inadequate.
I was married in the late 1950 s and acquired a few locomotives since then but never completed a layout..
Recently I had an opportunity to purchase a portable 5 by 20 foot DCC layout.
It was built on a 5 by 12 foot trailer with storage for an 8 foot extension. The trailer had a removable frame supported tarpaulin for highway travel.
Two men could assemble and disassemble it in about 20 minutes. An old guy alone much much longer !
I am in the beginning of making it into a rigid one piece structure with castors at each end so I can move it around at will. This will give me a 5 by 16 and 5 by 20 foot storage areas that I could use for additional fair weather divisions.
I have included a snapshot of current condition
If you feel your readers would be interested I would provide followup.
Next, Ernesto has been in touch.
There’s bit of a langauge barrier, but like others, his pics do all the talking:
“I gladly share some photos of my model
A big thanks to Ernesto, Donald and Ray.
Donald – yes we’d love to see more of your layout!
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to get going on your own layout.