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Scale Model Scenery Kit Build Guides – BB019 Micro-Layout Baseboard – All Scales

Scale Model Scenery Kit Build Guides

Scale Model Scenery Kit Build Guides – BB019 Micro-Layout Baseboard – All Scales

In this Scale Model Scenery kit build guide, we take a look at how to assemble one of our popular baseboard kits, The BB019 Micro-Layout Baseboard. This versatile baseboard can be used in a variety of roles these include:

  • A Micro Layout
  • A Diorama
  • Displaying models such as locomotives or model road vehicles
  • For DCC Programming programming board
  • Fiddle yard board (can be extended with other BB019 Micro-Layout Baseboards)
  • Loco lifting cassette

The BB019 is a very straight forward kit to assemble & comes with a choice of two alternative different ends, these being blank ends for use as a standalone unit. And pre-laser cut/drilled ends for bolting up to other baseboards to create a longer run, for example, a longer fiddle yard.

The Baseboard top has pre-laser-cut/engraved twin lines to help aid alignment of track across multiple boards. The only equipment required for assembly is PVA Wood Glue or the likes of Deluxe Materials Laser Cut Kit Glue which can be found here on our webshop:

The Kit Contents

The kit comes supplied as many of our kits do, in a clear plastic wallet. The kit comes supplied with instructions, laser cut parts & a bag of bolts, wing nuts & washers. The photos right & below show the kit contents.



The Kit Assembly

The parts are a push friction fit, so only require gluing on the recesses as shown & highlighted in the photo opposite right.




We’ll start by selecting the baseboard ends with the blot/wire holes. Glue & insert into the slot on the long sideboards. Please note, the front board has the logo on it, this faces outwards.




The end piece & long sideboard piece should be fully butted up to each other as shown in the photo opposite right.




Now take the next end piece, again we’re using the one with the pre-drilled / Laser-cut holes. Apply glue to the recesses & insert it into the other slot hole at the opposite end of the long sideboard piece.




Make sure the end piece as before, is fully butted up to the long sideboard piece, as shown in the photo opposite right.




Apply glue to the recesses on both of the end pieces & fit the other long sideboard piece onto the end pieces.




That baseboard frame is now complete, next is the fitting of the top board.




The top board has two laser engraved lines (for aiding alignment of the track). Place the top board so that the side with the laser engraved lines is facing down.




Apply a small amount of glue to each recess on the baseboard side frames, then fit the side frame into the baseboard top as shown in the photo opposite right.




Make sure that all parts are fully butted up to each other.




Fitting the end spacers

Insert the bolts into the two small holes at one end of the baseboard, as shown in the photo opposite right.




Take one of the end spacers, apply glue to one side of the spacer. Slide the spacer onto the bolts, up to the end wall of the baseboard.




Place the wing nuts onto the bolts & tighten the wingnuts up slightly, whilst the glue sets on the spacer piece.




Unscrew & remove the bolts & repeat the process with the remaining spacer for the opposite end of the baseboard.




If not requiring the ends with the holes in, fit the baseboard ends without the holes in, instead, following the procedure as shown up above.




Further strength can be added to the baseboard joints by applying a bead of glue along the inside joints, as shown in the photo opposite, right.




The assembly of the baseboard is now complete.




If joining the baseboard up to BB019, BB017 or other baseboards, always use the provided spacers. The photo right shows to BB019 baseboards bolted & joined up together, as viewed from the underside of the baseboard.




Adding the track

A piece of track 400mm long will be needed for this baseboard. We’re using Xuron Track Cutters to cut the track to length to suit & fit the baseboard. The track cutters make the cutting of the track a quick & easy task.




Run two beads of glue, along the two laser engraved lines on the baseboard top, as shown in the photo opposite right. We’re using a super phatic type super glue for this task.




Then simply lay the track onto the glued section of the baseboard. A couple of heavy books was placed on to the track to help apply pressure to the glued track, whilst the glue set. Once the glue had set the heavy books removed.

As we are using this baseboard as a DCC programming track, all that’s left to do is to connect a power feed/supply from the DCC controller to the track. If you have a set of track rollers such as those by DCC Concepts, for example, the board could be used for running locomotives in, either by traditional DC controller for analogue locomotives or DCC for DCC fitted locomotives.

This concludes this build walkthrough guide.




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