Dale, I don't see any problem using 1/2 inch insulation board as long as it
is supported adequately.
I may have mistaken your 'foamboard' reference for 'foam core' which is used
for backing pictures. I did use 'foam core' with success although I
wouldn't recommend it for general use. I had a very special requirement
that made foamcore a good choice. The rest of the layout is built on 1 inch
or 1.5 inch extruded polyurethane insulation board (the pink or blue stuff).
It is denser than insulation board and doesn't crumble into little bits
when cut or shaved.
Rob Kluz and many others have used the white insulation board with great
success on their layouts. Once the face is sealed somehow with paint,
texture material or plaster (other choices are available), it is very stable
and you can apply scenery materials using various techniques.
Best wishes for the New Year,
>From: Dale Halterman <dnhalt@...>
>Subject: Re: [z_scale] Re: Elevated track work
>Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 21:34:46 -0500
>Jeffrey, Is the foamboard you are talking about the kind that has foam
>sandwiched between layers of paper and is used for backing pictures etc? I
>have been wondering about using one-half inch insulation board with the old
>cookie-cutter procedure that has been used with plywood for years. Any
>thoughts on this? Dale
>Jeffrey MacHan wrote:
> > -- In firstname.lastname@example.org, jrb@c... wrote:
> > > Will be doing a coffee table layout.
> > >
> > > Has anyone used foamboard for their elevated track work?
> > Comments
> > > and suggestions please.
> > I have used foamboard successfully for the base of Centre Val
> > Ease. For
> > elevated trackwork, I would recommend that you support the
> > foamboard with
> > your choice of materials (I used foam insulation every 3 inches).
> > I glued
> > cork roadbed strips to the foamboard surface using rubber
> > cement. The track
> > has been in place for over a year now with no problems.
> > Go for it!
> > Cheers,
> > Jeffrey MacHan
> > "Z" WARNING! HANDLE WITH CARE! Highly addictive in Small DoseZ!
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