I've finally taken the plunge and begun work on my first ever layout, which will also be my first time with Z-scale. As scratchbuilding locos and rolling stock, especially at this tiny scale, is utterly beyond my capabilities, British steam will have to be overturned in favour of another favourite historical period of mine, WW2- and the layout will be a micro layout set in Germany during this time. This thread will be the documentation of the build of this layout. First off, I had to determine what space was available, and that gave me a layout size of 110cm by 43cm, a shade under 44 ins by 17 ins. To facilitate ease of construction of the scenery, the baseboard will be made of 50mm (2 inch) extruded styrofoam. Here is the layout I devised, purely for simplicity of operation and wiring. the top siding is the perfect length to house my passenger train, a BR 24 2-6-0 loco with 3 triple axle coaches, and the passing loop at the bottom of the layout will accommodate my freight train, a BR 74 2-6-0 T with 3 wagons and caboose. All locos and rolling stock are made by Marklin, and the track and control units are by Rokuhan. The board has been cut to size, and the track loosely put on the board to run the trains and test functionality- all working nicely so far. The next stage will be to put the bases of the buildings I have, by Vollmer, Kibri and Faller, and draw outlines around them once I have determined their exact placement. This will make putting the flocking on much easier, and help me with wiring and distribution of the building lighting. The right side of the layout will be dominated by a rather impressive castle, which will be moated by a river that will necessitate putting a river on that side of the layout, and two curved viaduct sections will carry the track over this river. The left side will incorporate a hill, which will require a tunnel at that end. More posts to follow once I have something to show for it.