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