Phil was kind enough to ask how I was glueing the layout together. I should have included these thoughts in my posts before so I thought I’d put something together now.
The layout base is made from 3/16″ foam core sheet. Corner joints are butt-joined together. For these foam core-to-foam core joints I used yellow carpenter’s glue. I used Lepage but really any brand would work – I’ve just always used Lepage. One neat option for fabricating these joints that I have done before but didn’t do this time, mostly out of laziness on my part, is to actually create a dado in the sheet by cutting away one sheet and removing the foam leaving behind a groove and the outer paper layer.
I scanned in Ian Futers’ track plan for Victoria Park from the Railway Modeller article and printed out a full-sized version. To glue this to the benchwork I used spray contact adhesive. Again, I had Lepage product on hand so used that. Be careful with this product as it is oil-based and will attack the foam if it comes into contact with it.
I used ties made from PC board strip and styrene strip. Each of these ties was individually glued into place with medium CA. Again, as with the spray contact adhesive, CA will attack and melt the foam core. I gambled that I was only applying enough to attach the tie in place. If you’re using CA, you can buy these really neat little extension tips that fit on the end of the glue bottle. These tips protect the original tip so it doesn’t get fowled over time and also makes it much easier to control the amount of glue you’re applying. I purchased the ones I use from Great Hobbies but most hobby shops would have a similar product. Click here to see the ones I used, on the Great Hobbies website. For what it’s worth I did try using yellow carpenter’s glue to hold down the ties but it just didn’t work at all so I used CA.
Now that the main layout is operational my thoughts are turning to scenery. Typically this stage involves a lot of water and I worry that this won’t work well with the amount of paper I’m using here. I may try sealing the whole thing beforhand. The next thing on my to do list is painting track so perhaps this sealing process becomes a part of this task.
I hope this helps. I hope it makes sense.