Thursday, August 1, 2013
Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.. - Martin Scorsese
Like a scene on a movie screen, or a picture in a frame, or a display in a museum, most model railroaders like to frame in their layouts with valances and fascia, because if it's done right, the valance and fascia help draw in your visitors to the model scene and not the surrounding room.
A few days ago I made good use of the beautiful weather outside to get out the chop saw and cut the Masonite fascia pieces that I had previously measured. Today I decided that all the parts for the fascia were small and light enough that I can handle putting them up without any help.
The method I use to fasten the fascia pieces to the layout edge is to apply Liquid Nails for projects to the Gatorfoam bench work edges, and then I apply the fascia sections making sure to press them on firmly. I then tack on 2-3 brad staples from my air brad nailer to hold everything in place. Fast and simple. The pictures below show the end results of today's efforts.
I'm still working out the logistics on how I'm going to hang the valances but in the meantime, I can start painting the fascia (black) and installing throttle plugs, throttle holders, and those neat signs from Sign-O-Matic.