Having much of the material ready to hand has certainly helped for after a few days I already have something looking like a model railway.
The first thing was to delve into my supply of APA boxes and make one.
I made one change in the build. I didn't put a floor in, just in case access was needed to wiring as well as being able to access coach bolts that would be used to join the fiddle yards. Erring on the side of caution, I also added a brace to the frame. I'm not entirely sure that this is needed, as APA boxes are very well made, and my chosen baseboard material 10mm cork faced foam core is light and rigid. Still, "Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it." I always say.
|Box constructed, brace added and holes cut in the sides for fiddle yard access|
|Baseboard surface in place.|
|Concept being developed. Track placed, view blocks being established.|
But as I test fitted foam core flooring I noticed how good things were looking.
I like the angles, the viewpoints, the way the tracks appear and disappear off stage. The two offices in the middle are ripe for being detailed. In my minds eye I can start to see the walls and roof of the cave starting to take shape. Things are going well.
|The right hand side. I might model a blast door across the track to hide the exit to the fiddle yard.|
|Left hand side. The view block room in front hides the exit very well.|