|Looking north toward Hartford (staging). Engine is about where the Rt. 15 overpass will be.|
But as I mentioned in my last post, I'm much less confident that continuing this slope southward will be a good idea. There's no such slope on the prototype, but the height of the bottom of the backdrop makes such a slope necessary (you have to attach the strips to something). Since I won't know how much of an actual problem that is until I can see it, I decided to just dive right in...
|First strips hot glued to side of subroadbed (to keep terrain profile/slope as low as possible)|
|Strips hot-glued to back of backdrop - again, to keep slope as low as possible. Also showing base for Silas Deane Hwy.|
|This is Jordan Ln. looking west toward Silas Deane Hwy. from the RR crossing. The self-storage facility is on the Ballantine site|
To try and get at least the Ballantine site flatter, I hot-glued some foamcore board to the bottom of the strips and to allow me to press the strips down as much as possible - and to not cause the Silas Deane to tilt at the same time - you can see that I temporarily installed a strip of masonite on edge to support the east side of the Hwy. (see it clamped in place below the webbing). Problem is, I don't know whether I'll be able to remove that masonite and expect the terrain to stay in place. But you can see where I've started installing the "horizontal" strips to the north to create the hopefully-sturdier basketweave.
So this is where things sit at this point. It's not a bad looking scene, but it looks all wrong to me considering the prototype. I figured I'd live with it for a bit and see if I'd feel any better about it, but I'm not optimistic. I'll probably rip this all out and rework it. Pieter and I have been kicking around some different ideas, but so far I think the best approach may be to just add a 3" strip of masonite to the bottom of the backdrop, to give something lower for cardboard strips to attach to - and thereby make this whole area as flat as possible.
While I'm at it, I'll probably also install some more plywood to provide a solid, flat base for Ballantines. As I mentioned in my last post, I should have anticipated this need and provided for it when I planned & cut the plywood for this area. Fortunately, the L-girder benchwork I used is pretty easy to modify when necessary, so this should just be a matter of installing some additional risers to support some additional plywood. Then I can do the cardboard lattice again.
At least now, I've got some experience doing that so it shouldn't take as long the next time....