The benchwork on my 7' x 12' layout is now complete. Track plan is also now complete. I bought plywood last night, so with any luck I'll start installing subroadbed tonight. I'm quite excited. I've also been steadily weathering my rolling stock, and last night reached the 25% level. My ultimate goal is 94% (i.e., only my very fave units are going to remain in pristine condition). Haven't started detailing my ROCK GP38-2's yet, but I do have a number of ROCK decal sets inbound to assist with that and some other projects. I also decided to order one of Custom Finishing's track alignment tamper machines - they were $10 off in the spring Walthers catalogue, so I couldn't resist any further. http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/247-7014 I'm going to take some pics tonight b4 I start installing subroadbed, just to have an initial benchwork picture to compare the future with. I do need to figure out how to get more light over the layout, though. I was disappointed with myself, though. The husband of my wife's friend was telling me about a 4x8 layout he might inherit from his father, and I actually felt myself getting a little snobby, b4 I corrected myself and offered to help with any questions he may have (and offered to have him come over to check out my layout once it's at least partially operational).