|The bend holds even when unclamped|
|Heavily soaking at the beginning of a bend|
|The bend is progressing nicely|
I fastened the MDF to the layout with yellow glue and brads. At the joints between pieces of MDF I just made sure both ends were cut square, butted them up, and glued them like crazy. After all the glue dried I went back and filled in the imperfections at the joints with wood filler, and sanded it flush. It didn't take much. The dark color of the fascia hides any remaining imperfections. The joints between the MDF sections have a 1x4 behind them below the plywood surface, which helps keep them firmly aligned. The top 2 1/4" is unattached though - all that's behind it is the 2" foam. The rigidity of the MDF combined with it's solidly glued base seems to make the top end of the joints between strips plenty strong enough, even though they are just butted together and glued.
|Fascia in place and painted|
The paper track plan, cut back to not overhang the edges, did a good job of keeping the green fascia paint off the layout surface. After the fascia paint was dry I pulled off the paper track plan for good. The most recent thing I've done is finish going over the rows of indentations in the foam left by the pounce wheel track plan tracing so the track center lines are easily visible. We lost power for four days in an early but nasty storm here. It eventually occured to me that since the best way to go over the rows of indentations is to shine a flashlight along the layout surface, it was a task perfectly suited to a cold and dull evening with no power.
|Fascia done, backdrop done, trackplan traced - time for track?|
Up to now, all of those seemed like decisions I could string along until the time came. The time has now come.