As I mentioned in my most resent BLOG video, I'm going to be hosting an open house for my layout on September 26th of 2015. In part of ramping up for that, I've been doing alot of work both on the layout and on the room itself. One of the biggest things that I am working on is something that people have been getting on my case for for years. I am finally getting around to adding wall panels to the building to cover up the insulation on the walls. 
The insulation has been up for about 5 years, but I've never gotten around to covering it up. Originally I was going to use sheet rock, but that was to much money and effort to do. These panels are from Lowes and were about 8.00 dollars each. I still need to get bottom and top pieces for the window areas, but I will be doing that once I get two more boards for the other side of the table. Eventually it will go all around the room. 
Other projects that will need do be done before the open house is building a rack under the table to hold my boxes. 

 

They will have to be off of the floor, for obvious reasons, and out of the way. As of right now they are all sitting on top of my cabinets and blocking part of the view of the layout (infact, they're so high that they are touching the bottom of the loft area). 

Who said it was all about running trains!? haha! All for the greater good. 

 

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"Originally I was going to use sheet rock, but that was to much money and effort to do. These panels are from Lowes and were about 8.00 dollars each."

 

What's the name of the product? I am about to enclose an area in the garage and was going to use sheetrock, but would consider a less expensive viable alternative. 

 

 What's the name of the product? I am about to enclose an area in the garage and was going to use sheetrock, but would consider a less expensive viable alternative. 

I'm not sure what it's called. They come in 4X8 sheets at Lowes and range anywhere from 8 to 20 dollars depending on how basic or lavish they are. But good news is they are made in the good ol USA! 

Originally Posted by Passenger Train Collector:

Nice way to cover the insulation. Are you going to paint these panels?

Eventually that is the plan, yes. I'm going to work on some type of a back drop design for it that will go around the whole layout. The areas outside of the layout will be painted a flat color, though I'm not sure what yet. 

It looks like Masonite.  A popular background material.

It's easy to bend.  if you add some extra framing in the corners cut to a radius, you can bend it around the corner and improve the look of the backdrop.

Rich Olszewski


If at first you DO succeed,try hard to hide your astonishment.

Looking good, Stirling.  You'll end up with a nice canvas with which to create a backdrop.

 

I'm with Rich....probably Masonite, and at that price probably the 1/8" stuff.  Rather than the expense, I chose Masonite over sheet rock to avoid the mud and prep process.  I usually only get good at laying on mud about 3/4's the way through.  The end result means much unnecessary sanding with subsequent remudding.  And the dust!  I hate plaster dust!

 

I was able to source a white Melamine covered 1/8" Masonite at HD that allowed me to avoid all of the above plus significantly cut down on the amount of painting needed to finish the room.  Much easier than drywall to position and mount when you lack extra help.   For my purpose the curved sheets created an almost seamless backdrop while giving extra rigidity to avoid bowing and sagging.  

 

Did I mention I hate dust? 

 

Bruce

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