Here's a quick update on my progress... got the last of the benchwork (i.e. woodwork) done. Bought the last two sheets of 3/4" pink foam needed, but did not glue down (was just too tired with cutting wood and getting up early for class). Also, started taping the backdrop that is up, for muding & sanding (hopefully) next weekend. The next few bi-weekly allowances are already spoken for (Mike R is cleaning out his closet of rolling stock, Bernie's doing an awesome laser-cut Doswell Tower (a modification to an existing kit he produces - check out www.alkemscalemodels.com and click on the C&O Standard Cabin link) for me, AND Marty McG has a Digitrax Empire Builder that's been calling my name), so it may be a bit before I buy any more stuff, which is probably a good thing, as I have actually already have stuff, so I should work with what I have next. So, other goals in the coming weekends:
-prime the backdrop that's already up, with Kiehl's white - 2-3 coats
-finish getting the pink foam down
-continue marking track centerlines for layout plan
-roadbed, drill holes for blue point manual turnout switches (got six complete turnout controls), & track installs, until materials run out.
-cut leftover 15" by 8' strips of 1/8" hardboard in half, to make 7.5" fascia board.
-install fascia board, where layout contours make possible.
-plan and cut holes for throttle plug-ins (hope to make only three cuts), Throttle Pockets, staging switch pulls, Car Card & Waybill Boxes, and small shelves, or hooks for clipboards.
-Prime & Paint Fascia (Color still TBD - black or a forest green are leaders)
-wire/solder/connect track to power source, other than with Atlas wired Rail Joiners (used for testing).
I hope to get down there tomorrow and take some pixes of what is done. I am sure I am forgetting things, but that is a nice list to work on between now and spring... when the 'Honey-Do' outdoor list takes priority over the free time .