The 'Thing' being my Free-mo module. National, being the Free-mo layout to be built at the National Train Show in Indianapolis this coming July 6-10.
After successfully participating in two NE Free-mo layouts, I'm ready to expand my horizons. I'm so thankful to NE Free-mo for giving me the opportunity and I've learned so much from being able to set up with them. The chance to see modules and talk to Free-mo modelers from the entire country is too good an opportunity to pass up. Not to mention ready access to sales specials from the manufacturers and vendors :)
The convention falls during my summer break, so no need to ask for time off. A day and a half drive each way to Indianapolis and back by myself is do-able. Work to complete on the module so that it's presentable and standards-compliant at the show; manageable in the four months I have available. That work includes:
- Create foundations, roads and sidewalks out of tile grout, including road markings
- Grade crossings
- Complete scenery on the west side of the module and around the roads/foundations
- Spray gray paint to age the track and then ballast it
- Update wiring to new standards
- Double check wiring and loco net connections
- General clean up of the module including painting the front and back
- Second UP5 (loconet connector) on the opposite side from the first
- Build shelf for 'interior' side of module
- Adjust location of top brace on legs
- Build shelf for legs
- Create signs on foamcore
- build test/programming track
While there's time to build a second module, I'm being realistic as we're probably going to move between now and the show.
Would love any suggestions for preparation that my readers might have.