After much toil, sweat, and backing up to fix mistakes, the new layout is beginning to show progress.
This weekend I painted 1/4 of the area, including Mt Boulder. The mountain is designed to lift off the layout easily in case of a derailment in the tunnels. This seemed the most straightforward approach, and was kinda fun to build up. The basic structure of everything is pink Foamular board from Home Depot, and cans of ‘Great Stuff’ expanding foam. The spray foam was applied very carefully, and sometimes I used plastic sheets to cover everything I didn’t want to get foam on…
The middle layer is simply lightweight spackle compound you buy by the tub at any hardware store. After that I used a coat of white latex primer and the spray cans of grey primer, rust primer, black primer, and a couple of different browns from a camouflage line of paints
Obviously, there is touchup remaining on this section, and some adjusting of track positions, but its good to see some progress after much tinkering. I will have to restrain myself from applying grass, shrubs, and trees until the whole layout has been painted.