Today marks a milestone achievement for the layout! All backdrops and uprights have been painted and the benchwork is ready for the next step.
Despite having to shovel some wet and heavy snow midday, it was a very productive day on the layout. I’m pleased to announce that peninsula benchwork is done.
I might need to add some cross braces here and there, but I’ll revisit that later, if needed. For now, what’s left to do on the peninsula is to sand and prime the new backdrop surfaces, then install the uprights.
OK, so it’s half of the peninsula – the part that’s built. I’m glad I did not build the whole thing because there would be no room to do any work with these big sheets of hardboard. Serendipity strikes again!
During the week I squeezed in some time to prime the hardboard (two coats) for the backdrops, looking towards the weekend for their installation. Well, the plan worked out and the backdrop surfaces have now been installed.
This winter is really getting under my skin with long stretches of very cold days, where all you can do is hide inside where it’s warm. It definitely does not help with building a layout when one needs materials from outside, or has to do cutting and what not.
Today ended up being somewhat warmer at -5 C, from our -15 C norm that we have been having past couple of weeks. It gave me an opportunity to run over to my local home despot and finally buy some hardboard for the backdrops. Hooray, the space is transforming, once again, although it does look even more closed up now.
We managed to get a gallon of paint today (“Clear Blue Sky”) and put a coat on the walls just above the base of the Staging benchwork.