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Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

About this blog

This blog is about my current model railroad layout project; The N scale "Summit" layout, which is a freelanced interpretation of the Southern Pacific Tehachapi tunnels and their surroundings. Or at least, that is what it is meant to be. What it will turn out to be is another matter. The banner photo above shows what I want to recreate in N scale.

Let it be light

Benchwork and backdrop Posted on Tue, June 03, 2008 19:57:15

Today’s accomplishment was to get the valance in place. I had earlier mounted shelves above the layout. The shelves serve two purposes – holding the layout lightning and valance, and providing storage space above the layout.

I mounted the shelves using the same type of brackets as I used for the layout itself, and used the same metal studs. Once the shelves where in place I mounted flouroscent light tubes on the underside. I used the same type of tubes as on my previous Tap Creek layout. They are compact, easy to mount and gives a nice light.

With the lights in place I ripped some masonite and installed it along the edge of the shelves as a valance. Well, not exactly along the edge. The shelves are square but the valance follows the layout contour below.

The picture below, shot through the door opening, shows the final result.

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The next shot shows what it looks like when you are closer to the layout, in a more normal viewing position. I think the valance does a good you job of hiding the light fixtures, and giving a undisturbed view of the scene to be.

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The last photo is take from below, showing the light tubes on the underside of the middle section shelf.

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Eventually I will paint the valence but I will not do that until I have also installed the fascia. And that will not be done until I have finalized the landscape contours.

Things are shaping up and now I am more or less ready to start on the actual layout.

Skies of blue

Benchwork and backdrop Posted on Sun, May 25, 2008 16:20:20

Time to turn the attention back to the backdrop. Today I painted the backdrop blue as shown in this picture.

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My intention was to have a darker shade of blue at the top and gradually making it lighter further down. I partially succeeded but perhaps it became a little to “stripy”. I have not yet decided if I shall accept it as it is now, or if I shall try to redo it.

Backdrop sheets in place

Benchwork and backdrop Posted on Sat, May 03, 2008 21:35:02

Today I mounted the masonite sheets that make up the backdrop. Now things are really starting to look like “a layout to be”.

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The foundation for the U-shaped fixed part of the layout is now more or less done. The next step will either be to mount shelves above the layout, attach lighting to the underside of those shelves and install the valence, or to construct the liftout section spanning the door way.

I will probably do the liftout first. It need to be in place when I figure out how the fascia and valence is to meet and still leave space for the tracks going to and from the liftout.

Benchwork Done

Benchwork and backdrop Posted on Mon, April 21, 2008 20:02:31

The benchwork is done! That is, the actual benchwork is done. As you can see, the plywood, the extruded foam and the backdrop is still missing. Not the mention the fascia and valence.

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The liftout section, which will cross the door opening, also remains to be built. But I intend to wait with that one until I can verify more exactly where the track leading to and from it will end up.

Benchwork Coming Up

Benchwork and backdrop Posted on Sat, April 12, 2008 21:42:34

The benchwork has started to come up. It is a simple grid, resting on the metal brackets. Nothing fancy, but it worked fine for my old Tap Creek layout.

The picture below shows what it is looks like at this stage.

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I will lay plywood on the grid and extruded foam on top of that. The foom boards alone are sturdy enough for N scale so the plywood is really not needed. However, since I might install switch machines I will need something to screw them to. That is the only reason for the plywood.

The raised pieces of wood along the walls will be used to hold the backdrop.

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