Progress has begun on re-doing the lobby in preparation for the layout. I have reviewed multiple topics on these forums concerning shelf layouts, and was wondering if anyone had any new preferences or thoughts for MDF vs. Plywood. From what I've read there can be more distortion over time w/plywood, but better screw security over MDF. This would be in an air conditioned & heated lobby; moisture & humidity haven't been major issues in the past. Comments would, as always, be appreciated.
I'm trading services with a client and we were able to get the wallpaper down a couple weeks ago. A minor roof vent leak we discovered has been fixed. Today we've started mudding & will repair a patch of drywall that we partially removed with the 40 year-old wallpaper.
It'll be at least 2 coats of mud, plus touch-up, before we can paint. Going to use a light grey ("Gravity")_ for the walls and a dark grey ("Crucible") to go over the dark brown trim (crown molding, door, windows). The grey should make for a nice autumn/winter sky backdrop. While trains will be running year-round there will definitely be a special focus on Halloween (have MTH train on order) & Christmas (should have full scale PE train as well as CP Christmas train for this year).
I should have about a foot between the ceiling and top of the board for scenery and plan on using foam board and several MTH buildings with Christmas lights to scenic a small passenger station area, as well as residential, and commercial areas in the corners of the layout.
That's all for now. Hopefully these pictures load ok - they look fine on both my computer & cell phone. Will post again when there's progress.