The “C’s” have it!

No, I am not talking about grades in school. The “C’s”, what I have nicknamed my “new”, at least to me, bench work design has what I am looking for in going forward with my layouts. I have not attached a french cleat to the back of the two prototypes, but have completed them, carried them around, put them up on the wall on a temporary bracket system, and taken them down.

Next step, which was an ongoing process, was improving the design and applying lessons learned from previous bench work and baseboard attempts. Let’s look at the two prototypes.

First off, the “shallow C” , which was designed for N scale, but it could really be used for any scale if you want a shallow scene.

Twelve inch deep C with On2,Sn3, and N scale cars

Twelve inch deep C with On2,Sn3, and N scale cars

The "12 inch C" from the end of the module

The “12 inch C” from the end of the module

A favorite scale/gauge combination is Sn3. I was very happy to see that even in S scale the roughly 12 inch vertical space did not feel confined to me.

An Sn3 Chili Line train in the 12 inch "C"

An Sn3 Chili Line train in the 12 inch “C”

Sn3 in a shallow space

Sn3 in a shallow space

Next was the 24 inch C, which had 22 inch of usable space. I unfortunately did not have enough plywood sitting around the basement to cut four 26 inch wide “C’s” for this module, so I decide to experiment and see what a two-inch loss would do. I was worried about the height to depth ratio, since the height is the same 12 inches. See for yourself, I barely notice the difference. Also saves me from making a huge backdrop! The “C’ is set up for the station area of a favorite Model Railroad Imagineering, the Ferrocarril de Agricultor, a South American farmer’s railway.

Mock-up of a typical FdA passenger train on 22 inch "C".

Mock-up of a typical FdA passenger train on 22 inch “C”.

22 inch deep module using On30

22 inch deep module using On30

The station scene at Pueblo de Cafe in 22 inch "C"

The station scene at Pueblo de Cafe in 22 inch “C”

Mock-up of FdA's Pueblo de Cafe 's station module.

Mock-up of FdA’s Pueblo de Cafe ‘s station module.

Next step, reviewing some important improvements for the next 22 inch and 12 inch “C’s”.

 

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Layout Design. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to The “C’s” have it!

  1. Trevor says:

    Nicely done. And you should be able to use LED tape lighting – the stuff employed under kitchen cupboards – to illuminate the boxes without melting plastic models.

    There are many sources for it but I’d recommend Lee Valley because they only sell quality products:
    http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=70326&cat=1,43349,70322

    Just a thought…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s