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Wow, three weeks since the last update. Too many other things getting in the way, plus I've been working with the DCC++ESP32 code to try and clear up some bugs.

Meanwhile, I finally finished gluing down the printouts on the first half of the shelf last night. I'm ready to start laying down some roadbed for the mainline and transitioning down to the base level for the sidings.
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A quick detail here... The foamboard comes in lengths of 30" so I needed 2.5 pieces to create my full 6ft length. I used masking tape on the back side to attach the pieces of foamboard to each other, and on the front side I adjusted my printouts to glue a sheet across each joint. This holds them together well enough for working on.

The next step is drilling the holes for the T-nuts so that I can maintain the alignment between the foamboard and the pink foam. I'm going to use 1-2 additional layers of foamboard to build up some areas, and I'm thinking about using foamboard to create my roadbed since both the cork and foam roadbed I have are quite a bit wider than the track and I don't have a lot of free space to play with on this shelf.
 

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It turns out making roadbed from the foamboard is pretty easy (once you get your measurements nailed down). Basically I just lay a straightedge on the foam and hold a razor blade at an angle while cutting. It's not machine-perfect, which may actually help make it look more realistic. I took some pics to post what it looks like, but unfortunately it's all white-on-white and the details were washed out in the images so you couldn't really see what was happening. Oh well, it will stand out better once I start getting paint on everything.

So at the moment I'm working on creating a foamboard roadbed for the mainline, plus I'll add or remove more foam to provide some minor altitude adjustments for the various sidings.
 

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Exactly! I'm just trying to get the rough shape to support the track. I ran into a little trouble with where the mainline curves around in the corner of the shelf. Ended up grabbing some discarded printouts and cutting out the track for that area which I glued to a larger piece of foamboard. Then I free-hand cut the angled edges and was able to line it up with the printouts already glued down.

Hopefully I can get some of the larger pieces cut out today as well. I wish I had something that was half the thickness of the foamboard, but I'll make do with what I have and use a sanding block to taper the transitions.
 
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