Boxing in a Corner to start the backdrop

IMG_6054.jpgStart of the evening, I need to cover up the door frame so I have somewhere to mount the backdrop too without damaging the door frame for putting the closet door back on somewhere down the road.

I haven’t made a lot of visible progress in the past couple of weeks, there has been a lot going on outside the layout room, which has kept me occupied.  I’ve tried to spend a couple of minutes each day though thinking about some aspect of the project, and the next steps.  The next step is to install a backdrop and get it painted.

After a lot of back and forth on a number of materials, I’ve decided to go with 0.060 Styrene sheet.  It’s a material I am familiar with, and one that is readily available and not overly expensive for the amount needed.  It’s also easy to work with to create corners.

In advance of that, I needed to frame around the former closet door frame that the layout passes by.  I didn’t want to cut away the door frame, as if we ever sell our Condo, the future owner may want a door back on both ends of the walk through closet!!  As such, once the benchwork was in place, I started looking at different material choices for the backdrop, I looked at different options for framing the corner.  I needed something that would let me fasten the backdrop to it, while being easily removed to allow the layout room to be returned to a bedroom/office in the future.  The solution was some simple 1×6 and 1×4 framing to cover the hole in the benchwork around the door frame, and provide enough height to fasten backdrop too.  There will be an unavoidable change in backdrop height at the corner, but this frame will also be covered by the Hinde & Dauche paper company building, which will hopefully help make it less obvious as well.

And a quick box later, two pieces of 1×6 and a piece of 1×4, and the opening is covered up.

In order to minimize the damage to the walls for future returning of the room to “normal” use, I’m going to build a simple frame of thin wood that I can nail to the wall just enough to keep it in place, then glue using No More Nails the Styrene onto the frame.  This is a tried and true technique used by my friend Pierre Oliver on his layout amongst others.

If all goes to plan, I’ll be picking up two 4’x8′ sheets of 0.060 Styrene this weekend, and starting to frame the backdrop and get it up next week.  Another step taken towards tracklaying and running a train!!


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