|Who really shot Bernie's valance?|
|Paul visiting the new section with COVID mask|
Paul got a chance to look at the new stuff, run some trains, and comment on additional planned expansion. But, the big question of the day was about an extension of a valance above Stare's Tunnel. On the left is the view I am trying to restrict. When folks enter the door to the front room, if they look right, they see the bright lights over the new part of the layout. This is something that always bugged me, even before the expansion.
I took a few photos of the mocked up valance and showed my friends via text. They were of mixed opinions. Brian Brendel in particular voted down the idea. Alicia initially liked it, then changed her mind and then swapped back to her original opinion. So Paul's opinion would be the deciding vote. He said, "do it." So Bernie's valance will survive the bullet wound. I mounted it by tension only, so if I need to, I can easily remove it.
|New valance section painted and installed. It restricts the view of the lights above Stares tunnel as you enter the room, but opens up as you walk in. I'd like to say the curve was carefully calculated, but I just eyeballed it.|
|View of the valance from inside the layout room is unobtrusive.|
One thing I am noticing on the layout is that I need to do a thorough cleaning. My track and wheels are dirty. Not surprising as it has been at least 9 months since I ran the layout. Even the scenery seems to have a fine coat of dust. I think the dust source was either the new plaster scenery, or the disk sander in the work shop or both. I have a dust evacuator for the sander, but sometimes I am too lazy to hook it up and put on hearing protection. The dust evacuator isn't too loud, but the air whistling through the disk sander is very loud. I cleaned the wheels of Haupt and Fury, but a complete maintenance session is needed. I probably should wait until all the building is done though.