Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

Lennart's Model Railroad Blog

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This blog is about my current model railroad layout project; The N scale "Summit" layout, which is a freelanced interpretation of the Southern Pacific Tehachapi tunnels and their surroundings. Or at least, that is what it is meant to be. What it will turn out to be is another matter. The banner photo above shows what I want to recreate in N scale.

Down under

Benchwork and backdropPosted by lennart Thu, January 14, 2010 21:59:09

I have continued the work on the underside of the layout. I started by flipping the benchwork so that is was resting on its back. That made it easier for me to work on the underside. The first thing I did was to paint the underside. I simply rolled it twice with white latex paint. The kind you normally use for walls or ceilings.

Next I wanted a way to be able to easily fold down the "hatches", in order to be able to access the layout from in under. I decided to use a piece of threaded steel rod and a wing-nut to hold each hatch in its up position. Unscrewing the wing-nut would loosen the front side of the hatch and it would swing down.

I begun by cutting a suitable length of threaded rod.

Next I drilled a hole in the front benchwork girder. I made the hole slightly narrower than the rod and forced the rod into the hole with a hammer. That seems to be enough to hold the rod in place, even under the weight of the MDF board hatch.

A hole in the hatch, a washer and a wing-nut completes the whole thing.

Last is a picture of the benchwork when flipped back in its correct position. One of the hatches is down and the others are up. A nice and tidy underside, suitable in a room also used by the rest of the family.

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