Thank you, Gary. I am with you on the subject of colors. I think you got to be careful with colors. Too bright, shining colors will give the layout a toyish look. And it helps to have a color scheme for the ground cover of the whole layout and only vary this scheme lightly to blend it all together. I think the shelf brackets are the easiest way to build the "benchwork". The price of the brackets was not an issue for me, as I only needed 6 of them – one benefit of a small layout.