Decisions, decisions! We all have our Shakespearean quandaries from time to time in building our layouts. My first real one involved the corners of my carefully sheet-rocked room. Should I leave them be? Several respected modelers of note don't cove. One has claimed that it is a waste of time and effort, yielding little bang for the buck. Who am I to argue?
But while I was anxious to move on at this point, I did realize that it really was now or never, and I did not want to regret omitting this step later on. It was imperative however, that I design a system that was easy and reversible, but stable and seamless. While I had studied what others had done, I knew that I wanted some variation of all that I had seen. Hmmmm. I had some ideas.
My material of choice was .040 styrene. For each corner I used a 22" x 24" piece with 2" x 24" tab glued to the underside of each end. The tabs protrude by 1/2" to serve as a stapling surface.
Heavy duty 3/8" staples were used to anchor the styrene tab into the sheetrock, holding it firmly, while sitting below the finished layer so that a series of spackle applications could blend the styrene with the sheet rock.
Three 'mud' applications with 3", 4" and 6" trowels and light sanding in-between each application covered the stapled tabs and anchored the coving further. The corner surface was now ready for priming.
A good latex primer was applied with a 4" roller over the dried spackle and styrene sheet.
All is well in railroad land. What could possibly go wrong? We'll see tomorrow!
BONUS: RHETORICAL QUESTION OF THE DAY...
Which accomplished modeler does not cove corners on his layout?
A) Lance Mindheim B) Paul Dolkos C) Mike Hamer D) All of the above