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entry 31 Dec 2011, 08:52
I have gone down the road of stability over portability. Whilst I am taking all efforts to maintain separate sections the aim will be on a permanent layout in the garage (hereby rechristened the Central Platform, much to the chagrin of the wife). This means I have distinct sections to the layout which each have discreet legwork, and they are easily disconnected from each other, but it is not my intention to do so. I suppose it is done purely from the view that in the event of moving home it will not be a destroy everything and start again moment.

The legs setup is done on a metal trestle. Bunnings (Australian DIY chain) have some snap together heavy duty, sectional shelving units. By using different bits of this system it is possible to create a very strong metal substrate for the baseboard measuring approximately 1900 x 900. Each leg set comes out at around $80 I seem to recollect.

On top of this I have laid a 1200 x 2400 sheet of 9mm ply, supported on the frame by standard structural pine 70mm x 35mm struts. With about six screw this holds the ply tightly down and gives firm support across all areas of the board. This is intended as my standard baseboard. To begin with I have an L shape of two connected baseboard modules, but the top one is a little shorter (approx. 1900) so as to allow a third 2400 x 1200 to fit in the space and turn the "L" into "U" in the future. Likewise I envisage a fourth running along the existing long side, bringing it to over 5m on that side.

You can see that I have run the support beams above the baseboard as my initial thoughts were to use this to create depth by setting "sea level" above baseboard level and building up and down from that point as required. Not sure that this was correct or not at the moment, but it has certainly provided the ability to build in depth and also some hidden track under the scenery.

The backboards are 3mm ply and stand about 600 above the baseboard, which I can either paint directly at a later date or secure preprepared backdrops to them.

Now to get to the business of 3D landscape on the blank canvas...
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