One thing about a small layout, you can get a lot done in a short time!
Last night I cut some foam for the creek banks and glued it to the bottom of the gorge. Today I started cutting and attaching the strips to form my cardboard web that I will later cover with plaster soaked paper towels. I cut the strips from common poster board. I know it must seem I'm obsessed with the color black but really I just grab whatever the store has on hand and last time it was black! I attach the strips to the profile boards and bench work with hot glue and weave them over each other also using hot glue wherever they meet. It makes a strong lightweight supporting structure for the paper towels and I've decided I'm much more pleased with this method than carving foam. The hot glue can be a bit messy, leaving "strings" and such but it's all going to be covered up shortly anyway.
Also shown is the tunnel access opening. I added another flat shelf of hardboard below the track and then went to work with the strips. In this case I will use some of my 2 inch blue foam to make a removable scenery piece that will just sit on the shelf and cover the opening.
The rock work you see is a piece of Noch foam rocks I had left over from a previous layout. I didn't have much clearance between the track and the scenery profile board here so this piece of foam rock was just what the doctor ordered. As simple as this layout is I'm getting very excited about how it is coming together scenically.
May the work of the incomparable John Allen
"The Wizard of Monterey" continue to live on in our hearts and minds and inspire us all!
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