I’m one of those people with a beautiful hardwood floor in a finished basement that’s totally uneven and a disaster to level on. To illustrate my point, on the left, top surface is measured at the back of the layout room where ceiling is the lowest (and this is my reference height), and on the right measured at the blob around the column.
Yikes, that’s almost 2″ difference between the opposite sides of the room.
Yet the relative height of the subroadbed surface is still the same everywhere, and to demonstrate that I put a level across the aisle. I would not normally do this but I wondered…how good are my engineering and construction skills?
It appears they are above average, if not really good. That’s measured from the peninsula blob across either aisles. I am both stunned and very pleasantly surprised. I knew my individual benchwork pieces were in level across the top plane, as I pressed hard to make sure it is, but this adds true prowess to my work.
Someone might say what’s the big deal?
Remember that I’m modelling in N scale where everything is quite small. Properly weighted cars with good wheels will roll freely on smallest of grades and the last thing you want is a cut of cars to just roll off on their own, especially on this size of a layout.
Therefore in retrospect, I’m happy to have sought and been granted permission by my SO (Supreme Overlord) to hang the benchwork on the walls. I can’t even imagine what kind of a nightmare I’d be going through trying to level modules sitting on an uneven floor, which moves up and down in some spots as you step on it (*shivers*).