The new design is really the old one just folded in half, and that would be a very big and extremely high coffee table as the castle and base is 16 inches thick, on a normal table height card table.........I am not cutting off the legs to lower it, as you could not then sit up to it to work on the models..........
The fact is the older design needed me to stand to work on or operate the railway, and thats not easy with arthritis, the use of the table allows sitting to work on any side as needed, allowing more time for the detailing work needed on the kits. The legs can go under the table comfortably, and a normal dining chair used to sit on.
The table has hard wood edges and an inserted ply top, quite sturdy, and can take the power unit under the boards, with a plug in walk around controller. Section switches can be recessed into the wood sides on plywood backing, glued and screwed to the back, after routing out the holes for the panels.
I don't want to add to the edge much, it makes storage more difficult. I may make on side have a hinged panel about 9 inches wide, to act as a temporary work table surface for the models, or servicing the stock later on.
The river can be routed out or jig sawed, and a new panel screwed and glued back as the river surface, in MDF or plywood, to leave it as strong as now. The rest of the construction remains the same for the scenery, with the proviso that it can be viewed from 360o.
Got two packs in from Hong Kong, of loo brush pines that do not look like Xmas trees, but have curious layers, I think extra scatter and static grasses may make them presentable, several bigger one will have to be scratch built.
The vines will be made from hollow fibre stuffing from a discarded duvet, it is white, so will need painting and a textured surface added to them from scatter materials, several collection stations will be need on the line through the vineyards, where the grapes are placed in tipper wagons to go to the winery for pressing.
The Vollmer winery is far too small for production, so it may be possible to add a small factory unit perhaps built over the nearby lines.
The Order of the Blue Nuns remains Schossed in the Castle........Which it seems is based on an Austrian castle.
Full box of track arrived from Gaugemaster, with correct fishplates for Z gauge. Should cover most of the track in one go, with PC points from Peco rail section. It will be fitted with the sleepers halved in number.
I am abandoning any attempt to grass right up to the track, only ballast, as tests show the Steam locos have clearance problems. It is all right to paint the track though, as long as your careful to clean it afterwards. The closest grass has to be 4mm from the track for safety, and none on the track middle.
I will get a diesel or two to run, plus a home made 040, with slightly larger wheels for better clearances.
I may add a spur connection to take another board in future, to take advantage of the brickworks wagons etc.
Any cupholder would have to be substantial as it would have to take a large German beer stein... and no, I do not drink Blue Nun......there are far better British wines!
Edited by bertiedog, Yesterday, 09:33 .