A quick up date as promised…

A quick update as promised although a couple of days late. I finished the last section of the peninsula wall. It wasn’t as straight forward as the rest of the center wall as I had to angle it to gain clearance for the turn back bulge. Though not that it was difficult, I did want to get the angle correct and make sure that it was securely fastened to the rest of the structure.

Angled bracing for the last section of wall.
Angled bracing for the last section of wall.
Close up of angled bracing.
Close up of angled bracing.

After I had the wall in I marked out on the floor the rest of the base cabinetry ( I know again with the cabinets ). The reason for this is because they are an odd shape because of the way the benchwork flares out for the turn back at the end of the peninsula. I wanted to get the angles right for when I cut them on the table saw.

Last section of peninsula wall, with cabinets marked on floor.
Last section of peninsula wall, with cabinets marked on floor.
Alternate view of wall.
Alternate view of wall.

With the sudden arrival of winter here in Minnesota, almost a month early, I’m a bit reluctant to head out to the garage to cut the plywood for the cabinets. Although because I’m so close to finishing up the benchwork and can move on to actually laying track, I’ll bite the bullet, fire up the garage heater and press ahead with the cabinets.

Once I do finish the end of the peninsula the plan is to build the base benchwork for the helix. After that is in place, I will then build the actual helix. I have noticed in other modelers blogs that they tend to leave the helix construction for last. I understand this, as the construction of a helix is a bit involved. However I can’t see putting it off as it sets the track height entering into and out of the helix. If you do the rest first and the helix last, then unless you planned it perfectly, your going to end up redoing something.

But not to get ahead of myself, first I’ll finish the peninsula.

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