Saturday, July 28, 2012

Moving right along.. Progress shots and some musings about my Heat Miser post..

OK, where to begin.. It's been a couple of weeks since the last update, so let me go over the progress made since the last posting.  I'll get to the Heat Miser in a little bit..

I've continued making progress in the yard at York PA, and in fact, I have almost all the track fitted.  All that is left to do is to go back and glue everything down.

Looking down the yard throat into the York yard. 

Here we view it from another angle.  You'll notice that I took down the part of the yard bench work that was the start of the peninsula.  This will stay down till I have all the track permanently glued down, the backdrop installed and painted, and maybe even till scenery is roughed in.  This is one of the only places on the layout where access for scenery and track work will require a long reach.  The one drawback to foam bench work is that you can't climb on top of it to work on it.

This past Wednesday night, Ralph Heiss and Dave Ramos came over to give me a hand installing some fascia.  They also helped me test hang some backdrop.

Dave is applying Liquid Nails to one of the 4' fascia pieces.  Remember, the layout is built in 4' sections so it can be moved if necessary.

No, Ralph isn't playing air piano.. He's just holding up a section that was just glued while Dave tacks a brad into it to hold it up while the glue dries.

We also put up a long, narrow strip of Masonite fascia along the top loop on the helix.  The bottom loop will get a deeper fascia, and the landforms and scenery around the bottom loop will have more depth than the top.  This is where the station scene at Yoe PA will be located.

The test of the backdrop was a failure.  The PVC flashing material I'm using is too flexible.  It did not take kindly to the distance between the studs when we attached it.  I have to go back and put some kind of support behind it to keep it from flexing and curling at the top and bottom edges.  We figure we can use either furring strips across the studs, or 12 " wide by 4' long 1/2" plywood connected to the studs, or 2" thick Styrofoam wedged between the studs might work for backdrop support.  I'll have to think about these options before deciding and moving ahead.

Now about my "Extra Days off.. Thanks Heat Miser" posting.  

I bring this up because I'm somewhat amused, confused, and just plain mystified over the amount of traffic that post has generated, which by the way is the most out of any I've written to date.  I cannot for the life of me figure out what is drawing people to that post.  The traffic source tracker on Blogger shows that 98% of the people going to that post are coming from Google searches.  

My question is:  Is the Heat Miser that popular of a guy?  Or was it the lure of maybe somehow, Mr. Heat Miser makes it possible for people to get extra days off?  

I guess only the Heat Miser knows for sure. ;)

1 comment:

  1. After assisting in a crew of ten at another layout put up an aluminum sheet backdrop hung in the previously mounted clips designed for it I searched for other materials. I used, and am very happy with, roofing tar paper. It is cheep, cuts to fit easily, accepts primer and paint very well. I hung it with staples from a wood top furring without help.
    Dick Bradley