Thursday, October 13, 2016

Emsingen: The platform

Several years ago I built the platforms for track 1 and track 2 in Emsingen from styrofoam topped with a thin layer of plaster and fine sand. That was my first excursion into building platforms and it worked out kind of ok. Since the Emsingen station area will need to remain removable for the unavoidable occasional track maintenance underneath, and the interface between movable and stationary parts needs to be tight I settled on using styrofoam again, despite the mess working with it.

I carefully marked and cut the station building shape from the styrofoam. Since my platforms are a little bit lower than the one provided with the kit, the naked foundation is visible. Strips from a Plastruct cinder block wall sheet fixed that problem.

The styrofoam base is topped with a 0.080" styrene sheet and a 1/2" squares sheet to level up with the existing platform and provide some structure to the front of the station.

My wife observed that these tiles are quite big. ... Of course she is right. I scored additional grooves into on 1/4" centers and the effect is much better now.

As can be seen in the picture above there is a ramp on the left side of the station so that passengers can get to the platform without climbing any stairs. However, on the right side of the station near the outbuilding stairs are needed "because there isn't enough space for a ramp" and I wanted some variety, too.

These very nice stairs from an Auhagen kit are wide enough to meet my needs, but this is not a fancy chateau, so I removed the angled side stairs and only kept the center piece.

After I roughed up the styrene sheets with 220 grit sand paper for some texture, I spray painted them with Tamiya Fine Primer, which happens to have a nice gray color.

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