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Morning John, I just got done catching up with your thread. I don't know if you and Tom are building a layout our a master piece of art, in my eyes it looks as to be both! I sure hope you are taking lots of pictures for your record and future magazine article ! Looks great and best of luck as you move forward! I will be trying to do a better job keeping up with the build!

John,

As a former framer, my experience with lumber made it a no brainer to build with studs, 1x3 and dimensional along with sanded 3/4 plywood. I was not sure how to make the curved edges so stayed with square edges, the final product was enjoyable, but like many I would definitely change a few things and add a second layer to it. Tom is definitely a finish carpenter with loads of talent.

The final shape is made, Monday we'll nail everything down. Next comes the Homasote and then the fascia. We do have to put the top on the upper deck, that's the last of the plywood.

All the outside profile is set. One of the neat features is virtually no straight lines, it'll all be graceful curves. Once the fascia is on, I think it's going to look outstanding, I can't wait! It may look too good to run trains on!  Well... not really.

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Thank you all for the kind words, however IME the most essential material component is the 5' X 5' X 1/2" Birch multi-ply.  Lacking that level of  decking integrity we would have potato chips at this point.  Another positive aspect of this 5' X 5' multi-ply is how it works in over hanging the Mianne bench work which otherwise  frequently leaves a linear half of the perimeter bench work frame exposed.

Building with multi-ply allows reverse construction in that I usually built the bench work frames then over lay them with some form of skin.  Because this plywood is like a surface plate it allows one to free form the desired finished layout shape then fabricate the frame accordingly.  

Tom Tee posted:

Thank you all for the kind words, however IME the most essential material component is the 5' X 5' X 1/2" Birch multi-ply.  Lacking that level of  decking integrity we would have potato chips at this point.  Another positive aspect of this 5' X 5' multi-ply is how it works in over hanging the Mianne bench work which otherwise  frequently leaves a linear half of the perimeter bench work frame exposed.

Building with multi-ply allows reverse construction in that I usually built the bench work frames then over lay them with some form of skin.  Because this plywood is like a surface plate it allows one to free form the desired finished layout shape then fabricate the frame accordingly.  

This is a really key point that I didn't realize when I built my layout with Mianne.......48x96 is more like 50x100....that extra inch and three quarters is a huge bonus that I didn't take advantage of.... I will on my rebuild.

Peter

I'll be posting more pictures as we go, it's really fascinating to see this take shape and how it all goes together.  It's pretty clear that I was probably not going to end up with something nearly as nice without a professional eye, so I'm forever thankful Tom is on the case.   I wouldn't have tackled this design alone as I'm pretty sure I don't have the skills to pull it off! 

harmonyards posted:

...what’s the plan for the pillar(s) .....possibilities could be seemingly endless??.............Pat

Well, Tom was eyeing them and waving his Sawzall around, but I had to stop him.  They are just cosmetic at it turns out, but I'd have to fix the flooring and carpet to remove them, so they stayed.  I'm sure I'll be able to figure something out in time to "dress them up".

Hi John,

 I have been off the forum for a while due to work and home projects and just saw your posting here. What a great layout and new place to move to! hard to believe it's a condo you're doing a great job looking forward to seeing updates as you go along.  Also love everyone's posts on this thread as there are a lot of great ideas for me to incorporate in mine.👍👏.

Joe Gozzo

Lookin' good John. You and Tom have done a great job. You do have one advantage over some of us as well....A nice, well lit, AIR CONDITIONED room to work in. Sure beats my old northeastern basement!

Looking forward to seeing some track and trains soon. I like the curved look as well. Should give you some nice opportunities for more realistic scenery. Not much in nature is square after all.

Bob

Lion L 226E posted:

Congrats John, that's going to be spectacular! Seeing all that space is mind blowing. I find myself switching back and forth between pictures, just thinking of the possibilities. Any idea of a completion date yet, or you just going to "let it flow"?

Lion

Surely you know that a layout is never complete.   Truthfully, I don't have a "firm" date for anything, just trying to get as far as fast as other commitments allow.  The space is deceiving, the total length is 23 feet, and the width varies between about 13 feet on the big end to about 11 feet on the narrow end with the posts.  It's big enough for me, that I know.

RSJB18 posted:

Lookin' good John. You and Tom have done a great job. You do have one advantage over some of us as well....A nice, well lit, AIR CONDITIONED room to work in. Sure beats my old northeastern basement!

Looking forward to seeing some track and trains soon. I like the curved look as well. Should give you some nice opportunities for more realistic scenery. Not much in nature is square after all.

Bob

Yes, year around comfort is a nice thing.  The curves are Tom's doing, I truthfully had not thought of that, but I think it really gives is a different and more realistic look.  That's what happens if you've built a ton of layouts and have refined the techniques I guess.

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