I am just starting to design and build my first HO layout after 25+ years
away from the hobby (It's for my children....if you believe that I have a
bridge to sell you).
My proposed layout will be 2' x 9' shelf switchback layout on 2 to 3
different levels with a few trestles and a tunnel. I plan to build this at
the end of my ba***t shop (9' x 14'). Later I hope to extend 1'x4' wings on
either side for more sidings and maybe run a single track around the shop
for continous running.
I plan to run mostly small to medium steam engines (0-4-0, 0-6-0, 4-4-0,
2-6-0, 2-8-0, etc) and short freight and passenger trains (4-8 cars) (Late
1800s to early 1900s).
I want to use under table switch machines for the turnouts.
I have started with a 1"x4" grid type benchwork on 1' centers that I have
hung from the wall. This benchwork is on one level. I currently have
1/8" Luan plywood on top of the benchwork (lightweight and easy to cut).
My questions are these:
A. What is the best method for constructing the different levelsand scenery?
I want the scenery to be lightweight and relatively easy to build.
1. The traditional method is to use wooden risers with plywood roadbed.
The scenery is constructed using plaster over window screen.
2. I have also seen scenery built from foam insulation. The foam is shaped
to provide different contours. I don't know how it is covered. The roadbed
and track is placed on top of the foam.
3. Combination of (1) and (2)=> wooden risers w/plywood roadbed and foam
B. What are the advantages and disadvantages of homosote vs. cork roadbed?
Do you need to place the homosote on top of plywood?
I also want to know of any good books or articles in MR that would provide
advice on building scenery.
Thanks im advance.
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