All I can say to this is my wife and I are in our late seventies and in connection with building our new layout, we moved and placed 14 sheets of 3/4" 4x8 sheets of cabinet grade plywood. Would I want to do this everyday, no, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I would not build a layout on just Styrofoam.
Novel idea! Does the tape show through the ties? Will the exposed upside hold one layer of ballast to hide it?To attach track to styrofoam I use 2” two sided carpet tape. Put pieces under track joints. It held the track in place on my layout for 16 years before it was dismantled. I’m using it again when I build my next layout.
OK, got the paint...…….heading out to get the "turf" so I can tackle this phase tomorrow; soooo, you feel I don't need to get that 'scenic cement" I see on the web page.Any latex paint will adhere to rigid foam. I typically apply brown (earth colored) paint and sprinkle on the ground cover such as Woodland Scenics turf before the paint is dry.
appreciate the "hand-holding"......at 73 I've learned not to be too proudYes. I sometimes spritz a mist of diluted scenic cement or matte medium after I sprinkle on the ground cover. But I don’t put my track on rigid foam.
If you are going to glue or tape the track to the rigid foam, you want to do that before you apply the ground cover. In other words.
1. Paint the rigid foam and let it dry.
2. Install the track
3. Mask the track
4. Put a second coat of paint between the tracks (you can skip this if you want)
5. Apply the ground cover
6. Spray a mist of diluted scenic cement and let it dry
7. Remove the masking.
This is just one way to do it. You could also just paint the rigid foam green for grass, gray for roads, brown for dirt, etc.
I have had a few engines and cars fall of the layout! It wasn’t kids it was me!! A plexiglass strip around the edges keeps sight open but won’t let engines take the death plunge!Agree that the edges need protection; my plan is to find a very lightweight material and affix to the edges... probably with 2" or so width extension ("railing") in effort to keep trains from leaving the layout when the grandkids start playing with it.
Good luck with that... in effort to keep trains from leaving the layout when the grandkids start playing with it.