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Hi,

At long last I have finally converted my loft so I can start work on my new layout. It took a bit longer than I expected, but I didn't want to rush anything.
I am wondering weather to plaster the wall or not, any thoughts?

Well here are the first shots.
The 220 Voyager is there to give an idea of size.











As you can see from the last photo, there are a lot of B&Q brackets in place. These are becoming costly as they range from 55p - £1 each, but do the job well. Can anybody suggest an alternative to these, or know where I am likely to find cheaper ones? There are 14 brackets in the last photo alone.

All of this was done as of 7 days ago, but I still have a lot more work to do, just run out of timber.
I have choosen to have a double deck layout on this specific area, so under the layout will be the storage yards so I dont keep having to remove them off the tracks to make way for something else, thus allows me more scenic "stuff" to be added later.

Any thoughts, oppinions & suggestions I will be happy to hear them.

Many thanks
 

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QUOTE (Flashbang @ 14 Sep 2008, 17:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi
Progress is on going then

Your timber framing is very strong, is it 2" x 2" timber of larger?
I use 1" x 2" PSE narrow edge up to the underside of the baseboard top. All joints are very simple square cut butt joints with PVA woodworking glue applied before assembling the two section together with the aid of two suitable length 4mm wood screws into each joint to hold them.
Legs used to be 2" x 2" but now I tend to use CLS timber, sold really for stud wall construction but is ideal of layout legs, in a metric size of 38 x 68mm.
I have made my baseboard timbers on grid of no more than 15" square to ensure the 9mm ply top wont sag over time.
Once the ply has been glued and pinned down the whole structure becomes very rigid.


Hi, Thanks for your help there! I never thought to use PVA glue, even though I bought a 1ltr tub of the stuff for the layout when I start to do scenic stuff (long way off I know).
At present, everything is 2x2 softwood. I like working with softwood as I find it easy to cut and isn't too heavy. Will look at the 1x2 next time I go down to the wood merchent as I need more wood to carry on constructing the frames. I'll certinly use the pva next time.
Many thanks
 

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QUOTE (upnick @ 14 Sep 2008, 18:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Breaston,

Before you get to far i would skim the bricks with a thin layer of plaster it will look better in the long run, for support on the underside of the frames lengths of wood glued and screwed will give plenty of strength.

Thanks. Can see the benifit to plastering it. Will need to get somebody in to do some "Pointing up" first. Cheers
 
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