Oct 242012
 

I’ve been slowly plugging away at laying the homasote roadbed and homabed. Not too hard. I tack down the bottom layer with brads or countersunk screws. I glue additional layers with Elmer’s glue. I painted the east and south portions with flat brown latex paint that I scavenged from the Oops pallet at Kelly Moore paint a few years ago.

I’m at a standstill now. I’m not going to install the final pieces of roadbed until I finalize a track plan.

Oct 042012
 

Since we didn’t buy enough Homabed, Patrick and I went down to Compton Lumber and picked up a sheet of Homasote. I was surprised it only cost $36. We cut it in to three pieces to fit in the van. Patrick wanted to see where Daddy works, so we went down to Stacy Yard to meet some rails and watch a couple trains. On the way home we stopped at The Electric Train Shop. Patrick had a great time playing with the Thomas set, and I scored a couple of nice tool boxes and some quality Excel tweezers.

When we got home, Patrick and I cut the Homasote up and nailed it down to the layout. The Homasote is laid over the east and south sides of the layout. Patrick helped nail the Homasote to the deck. The 1/2″ Homasote meets perfectly with a double stacked layer of 1/4″ Homabed.

Work had to stop when I sliced my finger open with a razor blade. By the way, cutting Homasote with a Razor Blade works great. It wears the blades out QUICK! but razors are cheap, so I just change them out frequently. I use the breakaway razor blades in the $2 cheapo utility knife housings you can pick up at Harbor Freight.

 

California Roadbed

I’ve wasted nearly a month deliberating roadbed. I thought Lowe’s was going to get me some 1/2″ blue foam, but the order fell through (You just can’t get the stuff in the Puget Sound area without ordering a lot of it). I searched for alternates: cork underlayment (Pricey and not easy to get), Rubber underlayment (Pricey and not easy to get), craft foam sheets (not consistent in quality), MDF (Heavy and requires saw to cut).

I like the look of Homabed from California Roadbed. It’s pricey, but it looks great. I’ve never acutally handled homsote, so I hope I like it. I chose the HO main line 45 degree roadbed. It is .240″ thick and beveled at 45 degrees.

The FAQ says it takes 2-3 weeks to mill the order and 1-2 weeks to deliver. I hope my order makes it here as quickly as possible. It’s a pretty simple order, maybe they already have it in stock.

When I get my roadbed. It’ll be stacked 1/2″ to 3/4″ high. This height will give me room for foundations and drainage, the rest of the areas will be filled with something cheaper that Homabed, perhaps sheet homasote of 1/2″ Sound Board and True Scene Scenic Fiber.

 

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