Thursday, 5 December 2013

N Gauge Model Railway Layout Restoration Part 8 Shaping the Baseboard Edge

 Saw cuts made along the edge of the model railway layout baseboard
Where wood must be cut to alter model railway scenery, considerable care must be taken due to the robust nature of the material.
Shaping the edge of the model railway layout baseboard
I used a saw to create lots of cuts in the edge of the model railway layout baseboard where I wanted to re-shape the landscape, temporarily removing screws which were in the way.  The saw cuts were made close together which weakened the timber so that much less pressure needed to be applied to drive a chisel through it.  This enabled greater control of the woodworking tools and made the task very much easier.  I avoided hitting a chisel with a mallet to drive it through the wood as the vibrations from the impact can sometimes loosen track or features which are to be retained.  It is worth noting that such activity can also cause cracks to appear in areas such as rocks which have been cast using plaster.

Once the waste wood was removed I used a rasp and coarse grade abrasive papers to smooth the contours into their final shape.
Sloped railway layout scenery along the edge of the baseboard
I used this process to alter all of the model scenery on the platform side of the railway layout.  This created areas of model landscape designed to allow me to look up at N gauge locomotives and rolling stock when the camera is positioned below track level.

This is one of my N gauge scenic model railway layouts. To see more model railway layout baseboards I have designed and built visit my website

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