Hi all, Finally got a start on my new layout in earnest this week with one and a half spare hours on new years eve. Gary has challenged me to get this ready for June, he is more optimistic than I am though! This will be a modular layout, as the title suggests, each board being 1m long and 0.5m wide. If I design it carefully it will fit, with one board on top of the other, in a frame that could fit into a sedan boot, otherwise one board will have to go on the back seat. Each board is light-weight, being made of 42x19 pine. With a sheet of 4mm marine ply on top. This was all put together with my new favorite tool, a nail gun, a C1 bradder, in this case shooting out 30mm nails. Makes very quick work of the frames (with glue for added strength) then the top board was glued and nailed into place. There will be more bracing to come, that will be an integral part of another design idea that I will showcase when it is up and running. Together the two boards look like this. With a small piece of track and a 40' bogie wagon for a bit of scale. This will be a classic "timesaver" layout, which will hopefully turn into a game with maybe some sort of leaderboard and competition. The theme will likely be a bit generic in nature for the landscaping and scenics, something to keep other spectators of all ages amused, no real plans yet on that yet though. Another idea of the layout is to showcase what can be done fairly quickly at home, and that a fun layout does not have to take up a whole room in storage. Control will be DC, only have one engine at a time anyway, points will be electro-frog with rod in tube changing, all done from the front of the layout. Am thinking of some sort of dynamic buffers to absorb the inevitable over-runs. The name Gundah is keeping with my plan of naming layouts after survey trig stations in my area. The remains of Gundah trig are in the next suburb, Mt Ku-ring-gai. Gundah either means going upstream or storm or rain in the local indigenous language. A favourite spot of the local kids is Inflatable World, located on Gundah Rd, so this ties in nicely. Next to get the two boards joined in an accurate and removable system, then track.