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entry 1 Jan 2012, 01:07
So began the process of developing the topography. My aim is to replicate the same kinds of relative heights and depths as occurs in the areas in question. Obviously on a condensed scale this means adaptation, but in general I want to give the impression that Bolsover Hill sits above Carr Vale, Whaley Thorns is rising up from Langwith, etc. In some places, such as Shirebrook some licence is necessary to provide an entry for the hidden track and curves, et al.

My method is to setup a range of plywood formers every 300mm or so to create a substrate for the chicken wire and plaster cloth. I am finding that this gives me a very good visual clue as to how it will all look well before committing to covering it. I can lay track over the plywood to provide an idea of angles and distances.

I am supporting the formers by glueing a little noggin of 70x35 on each side of the upright. Liquid Nails being the adhesive of choice for all this work (the PVC in the pic is used so far only for sticking down track bed). Then a little glue along the bottom and back side of the plywood to attach to the base. I am finding that this provides an extremely sturdy upright.

As can be seen in the images I have setup a few flat spaces, which is simply raised plywood, supported by, you guessed it, 70x35 noggins. The plywood is only held in place by a couple of screws into the noggins for ease of removal. The one in the picture is the Chesterfield end of the board. There is also one for Shirebrook and one for Whaley Thorns. Each of these is at different heights to portray a sense of variation. This should allow spaces of urban scenery without having to worry too much about the slopes of "nature" that occur across the rest of the board.

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