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Fascia - Before or after scenery?

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Fascia - Before or after scenery?
Posted by Aralai on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 1:18 PM

I am at the point of doing my scenery and thinking about the fascia. I'd like to use flexible masonite, which I have, and have it only about an inch higher than the table.

I think it may be easier to mount the fascia now so I can scenic right up to it.

I'd love your thoughts on both:

1. Recommended height of Fascia - pros and cons

2. When to do it - before or after scenery?

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Posted by "JaBear" on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4:06 PM

Aralai
I think it may be easier to mount the fascia now so I can scenic right up to it.

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You can vary the height of the facia so to suit any variation in the contour lines you may wish to make.
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Posted by Pruitt on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4:11 PM

I put some of my fascia on before I added the scenery, and some after. It depends on which way works best for the particular area.

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Posted by Aralai on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4:33 PM

Pruitt

I put some of my fascia on before I added the scenery, and some after. It depends on which way works best for the particular area.

That actually makes a lot of sense. Thanks.

 

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Posted by Aralai on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4:34 PM

 

 
Aralai
I think it may be easier to mount the fascia now so I can scenic right up to it.

 

Thumbs UpThumbs Up

You can vary the height of the facia so to suit any variation in the contour lines you may wish to make.
Cheers, the BearSmile
 

 

Yes, I will definitely do that where the scenery dips a lot.

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Posted by rrebell on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 5:31 PM

I do basic scenery first, then cut the facia to match and then cover up the top of the masonite with final scenery such as turf etc.

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Posted by cowman on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 6:58 PM

I did mine of masonite after the foam had been shaped to the basic landforms and followed the contours of the terrain.

Due to having some track very close to the edge, limited room around the edges (hit trains when you walk by), and smalll hands that like to touch, I also put up a plexiglass barrier about 6" higher than track level.  I spaced the facia out enough to slip the plexiglass  in behind it, so that it is easily removable.

One thingI didn't do was to paint the masonite.  I didn't realize it would swell so much, so it got a bit wavy..  Seal it with a clear sealer or paint to keep it where you planned on having it.

Good luck,

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Posted by SpaceMouse on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 7:02 PM

I have electric and mechanical switches that have to mount on the facia. I'm going to have to install the facia before the track is layed.

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 7:13 PM

This is off topic, but something I learned as I built my first layout four years ago.

I had installed Masonite fascia all around the layout.  I also needed to do some wiring, so I was working under the table.

Brother Lion posted that on his subway layout, all his wiring is connected behind the fascia.  That way, you can sit in a chair and do all the work.

I took the fascia off, and made the connections like Lion suggested.  I can't tell you how much this made my wiring easier to do.

Now, as I do lighting for buildings or more wiring, I just unscrew the fascia, grab wires from under the table, and do all the connections while sitting in my chair:

My kids say they want a cat for Christmas.  Normally I do a turkey but hey, if it'll make 'em happy ...

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Posted by maxman on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 7:23 PM

David Popp is currently doing an N scale layout and he is installing the fascia first.  He is adjusting the height of the fascia to suit the planned scenery.  The only problem I see with this idea is that one needs to have a scenery plan.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:55 PM

Aralai
I think it may be easier to mount the fascia now so I can scenic right up to it.

That is how I do it.

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Posted by Aralai on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 11:56 PM

Appreciate all the replies.

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Posted by doctorwayne on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 1:59 AM

Aralai
1. Recommended height of Fascia - pros and cons

That depends on how you build the layout, and the material that you use...mine vary from 6" to just a bit over 31".

Aralai
2. When to do it - before or after scenery?

Because most of my scenery is Durabond 90 patching plaster over aluminum screen, the fascia serves as the "edge of the layout world".

A few photos (click on them for a larger view)...

This is the entrance to my layout room...

...the fascia to the right is 6" on both the lower level and the upper, as is the lower one to the left.  The upper one on the left is 10" deep, mainly to hide the under-mounted fluorescent lights, which illuminate the lower level.  When the photo was taken, the partial upper level was still under construction.

Here's a sketch of the original layout...

...the area in grey denotes where a partial upper level was later added, while some of the track that passes through South Cayuga loops around over the Speed River and climbs a steady 2.8% grade around the peninsula.  Until the partial upper level was added, that was the end-of-track on the grade.

These photos show the fascia (1/8" Masonite) at Dunnville.  It's about 10" high, as I needed to vary the layout height to accommodate the various grades, most of which are on curves...

Here's the fascia at South Cayuga, about 13" high (all of the under-layout support is at the same height, with open grid framework atop it.  The track, in most places, is on cut-out 3/4" plywood roadbed, supported by risers, hence the need for varying heights on the fascia...

In this photo, South Cayuga is out of view to the left, with what will eventually be the Speed River in the distance...

The downbound bridge leads to a tunnel under the scenery, which goes to Elfrida, which is on the lower level.  The other bridge is climbing on the track which is on the peninsula, and you can see how the fascia increases in height as it nears the position of the camera.

This view shows how the height increases and how the risers support both the track and attachment of the Masonite...

Here, the track (and fascia) is nearing the top of the grade, and is about 26" high at the right of the photo...

This photo shows where the grade ended, before the partial upper level was built...

This view shows the highest part of the fascia, at left, while the partial upper level was still under construction...

Here's a look with the upper level in place, with all fascia installed.  While the track on all levels is operational, there's a lot of scenery and structures yet to be added.

  
The layout's main level is operated while walking around accompanying the train, and that includes the partial upper level, too.  The layout beneath the upper level is operated while sitting on a rolling office chair.

As you can see, I used more Masonite to cover the benchwork which supports the layout.  Some of it is in the form of sliding doors, while the rest is done as lift-off panels.  That hides a lot of household stuff, but is easy to access when necessary.

I also used Masonite to "cove" the layout room's 10 corners, which helps to give the scenery more continuity than ordinary square corners....

Here's the same corner, before the upper level was added...

Where there are "water features", I generally cut the fascia down to what I want the water's level to be...

I'll eventually paint the fascia, but it will have to wait until the upper level is fully sceniced.

I hope there's some usefulness in the photos.

Wayne

 

 

 

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Posted by mobilman44 on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 5:14 AM

In regards to layouts, the term "fascia", applies to the covering of the benchwork on the outside edges of the layout.  The "covering" behind the layout has been called - in my experience - the "backdrop".   

With that settled, I have always done the backdrop first, and worked the layout scenery into it.  

When doing the benchwork, I did so with the idea of making it easier to apply a fascia to the front edges.  The fascia was applied after the benchwork was complete.

That worked well for me, but that is not to say there aren't alternatives that will work for you.

 

ENJOY  !

 

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Posted by Aralai on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 9:31 AM

doctorwayne

I hope there's some usefulness in the photos.

Wayne

Definitely Wayne - appreciate you taking the time to post them all!

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Posted by doctorwayne on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:29 AM

mobilman44
...The "covering" behind the layout has been called - in my experience - the "backdrop". With that settled, I have always done the backdrop first, and worked the layout scenery into it....

 

I agree.  I drywalled the entire layout room using 1/2" board, but at each of the room's ten corners used 3/8" drywall, usually to fit the 16" spacing of the studs.  Once the layout's benchwork was in place I coved all of the room's corners using 1/8" Masonite. 

Here's a drawing of how it was done...

To add the Masonite, I use a tape measure to roughly measure the curve that will be formed, then cut the Masonite an inch-or-so longer.  To install it, I simply butt one edge of the Masonite against one edge of the 1/2" drywall, then push the centre of the Masonite towards the corner until the other edge pops into place.  You can add screws at those edges (in many cases, they're not necessary) then apply some drywall mud (the green area in the drawing) and joint tape (the red line).  Once it hardens, sand as usual, then paint appropriately.

There are a couple of photos in my earlier post, showing both a coved inside corner and an outside one.

Wayne

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Posted by kasskaboose on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 8:39 PM

Count me in for adding fascia BEFORE most of the scenery.  I'd do the scenery you can't reach first and then add the fascia as you move closer to the front.  This way, you can fill any gaps between the fascia and scenery.  I addressed the gap using tape and then painting it to provide some binding for the ground foam.

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Posted by wickman on Monday, November 1, 2021 10:09 PM

Yep add fascia before scenery , it shapes the scenery perimeters especially in the corners.Fascia

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Posted by The Milwaukee Road Warrior on Saturday, November 6, 2021 8:38 PM

For me, fascia is going on first because I have a foam base on plywood and I learned early on that as I leaned over to do various things further towards the back of my layout, my belt buckle did damage to the exposed edge of the foam.  Grrr.  

I stopped wearing belts in the layout room and started installing my masonite.

And rule #1 of the layout area subsequently became 'no belts.'

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Posted by rrebell on Sunday, November 7, 2021 1:38 AM

Still beleive it easier to do facia last. It is much easier to get the scenery right and then hold the board up to it and mark the back and jig saw exactly all the ups and downs of the scenery.

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Posted by hbgatsf on Sunday, November 7, 2021 7:19 AM

cowman

 

One thingI didn't do was to paint the masonite.  I didn't realize it would swell so much, so it got a bit wavy..  Seal it with a clear sealer or paint to keep it where you planned on having it.

If you have enough moisture (or humidity) for this to be a problem, wouldn't you need to seal both sides?

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Posted by The Milwaukee Road Warrior on Sunday, November 7, 2021 6:48 PM

rrebell

Still beleive it easier to do facia last. It is much easier to get the scenery right and then hold the board up to it and mark the back and jig saw exactly all the ups and downs of the scenery.

 

I am remembering right that you build on homasote?  I would guess that would resist the kind of damage I'm talking about much better than foam.  Or do you use foam as well?  Just curious.

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