Track laying has started on Boxomise. First the baseboard was given a good coat of mucky brown paint. The first time I’ve ever applied artists acrylic paint with a 2 inch paintbrush 🙂
The track and points were sprayed with Humbrol grey primer. The points were placed in position, and Peco ‘Mainline’ flexitrack cut to size to give the correct length of track for each of the pieces required.
Then all of the track was laid in place with small track screws. A short length of copper clad plastic was used to hold the rails in place where they exit the baseboard.
Here’s the result from above. I’m pretty pleased with it 🙂
Previously, when I laid track I’ve started at one end of the layout and worked my was across the baseboard cutting the track and laying it as I went. This is the first time I’ve cut all of the pieces to size before laying them. It worked well for me and I’d definitely use that approach again.
Painting the track before laying it worked quite well. There was one disadvantage. I had to remove the paint from the rails where I wanted the rail joiners to make a good electrical contact. This was a bit fiddly and time consuming. In future I’ll probably lay the track, then spray it.
Looking underneath the baseboard reveals the next job, wiring up the the electrics.