N Scale starter layout in 8 sq. ft!
This is a simple starter layout taking up a mere 8 square feet, constructed with
basic tools and inexpensive materials. The layout was completed in about 10
non-consecutive working days, or about 40 total hours.
The base for the Lodi Junction is constructed from a simple piece of pre-cut
plywood and a sheet of Styrofoam insulation purchased at a local hardware. The Styrofoam
was attached to the plywood with liquid nails and used to form basic scenery contours.
The foam was carved with a Stanley Surform tool and a Woodland Scenics hot wire
foam cutter. Tan latex paint was applied directly to the Styrofoam and then ground foam,
clump foliage and individual trees were attached with white glue.
Cork roadbed was used as the base for a combination of Atlas sectional and
flex track. Custom Line turnouts with ground throws provide access to sidings and the
A variety of people, signs and other goodies from the "spare
parts" bin were added to provide visual interest. Telegraph wires, park benches,
hydrants and a fake "winch" lowering a mine cart to the crusher building are
just a few of the additional details on the Lodi Junction.
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