After much deliberation (and quite a bit of advice from this group!) I have decided to go ahead with C&L flexi track and point components using Templot to create my point templates.
I have been reading Ian Rice's book "An apporach to building finescale track in 4mm" and have begun thinking about the trackbed/underlay etc. While I don't intend to go to quite the lengths he suggests, I am interested to know what experiences people have with different approaches to trackbed, underlay, ballasting etc. (within the confines of 'finescale' modelling). Ian Rice makes a lot out of the issues of noise and running quality, yet it would seem that the most common methods of track laying and ballasting are at odds with his approach. How big a deal are these issues, in people's opinions, in terms of the effect different methods of trackbed construction have on them?
My plan, such as I have one, is to build my pointwork in sections off the layout and then install it all onto the baseboards once complete (built, ballasted, painted and weathered). (Building the track in situ is out of the question given the height of the baseboards, lack of rear access, and lack of space to move them while working!)
What suggestions do people have for ways of doing this - the main question I have here is what to use as a base for these sections during construction (lightness and cheapness are big factors for me here) and then how the track is transferred to the layout. I thought of using sheets of (corrugated) cardboard maybe, although the lack of rigidity may be a problem with this? I'm not at all keen on Ian Rice's suggestion of using MDF as this will add too much weight to already heavy baseboards.
If it was possible to simply build and ballast the track on a paper underlay (with the template printed directly onto it) this would be ideal as it could then be placed directly onto the cork/foam underlay on the baseboard; but then I can't see how this would be possible without a good deal of warping and wrinkling going on during glueing, not to mention the lack of rigidity during the building stage...
More decisions! More questions!