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On The Waterfront: Spring Clean Challenge

On The Waterfront: Spring Clean Challenge

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Project Blog by henrileite Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

During the 2020 Spring Clean Challenge I converted and finished the Sally 4th "Tramp Steamer". In 2021 I plan to build a 3x3 Waterfront Pulp gaming board. With a 1x3 water area or dock for the Tramp Steamer and 2x3 of land for offloading cranes, sheds, trains, trams, buildings etc. I plan to use what I have, a lot of unfinished or unopened SP kits that I have collected in the past 6 years.

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Did I Mention Modularity?

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Did I Mention Modularity?

One thing I noticed as I was laying out where dockside, train track, sheds, roads, sidewalk and buildings would go is I don’t have enough bloody room!

This is where Modularity comes in. I’m going to half the water area and add that half to the land area. 6″of land will allow me to have buildings with a sidewalk. Using two layers of 1/4″ cardboard with 1” of foam on top of that, will give the 1.5″ hight I need to level the new boards with the larger boards.

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Tracks or Grooves?

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Tracks or Grooves?

From the start this is a Terrain project not a Diorama. The Golden Rule is Playability. Keep it simple, cohesive and modular.

One permanent feature of these two boards with be tracks for train cars and trolly. If I keep the tracks above ground I may on occasion run into a problem of lopsided mini’s tutoring on them or vehicles snagging the rails.

I’ve instead choose to go with grooves for the train and trolly wheels to fit into. I’m going to glue down 2mm cardboard around the track area leaving grooves for the train car wheels to fit into. Then I will glue brick pattern sheets of A4 where appropriate.

A Queue on the Quay

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