1) Q. There doesn't seem to be a
kit for the layout I want to build. What should I do?
A. Mianne Benchwork can be assembled to fit
just about anywhere. We offer a free, no obligation design
service. You can either send us a track plan, room dimensions,
or desired layout dimensions. We will then design a kit
to work for you and quote you a price. All kits, whether
stock or custom, come with a detailed color-coded assembly
plan for quick and easy assembly.
2) Q. How do I attach the layout to the benchwork?
A. We suggest attaching a plywood platform for a base using
the hardware included with your kit. This method will allow
you to easily remove the layout from the benchwork at a
later time. Anyone who has ever tried to change a layout
or had to move a layout can appreciate this easy method!
3) Q. How do I attach risers for
different track elevations?
A. After attaching your plywood base, you can easily add
risers to the plywood for elevating track.
4) Q. What are connector blocks and adapter blocks?
A. Connectors are used to attach I-beams to other I-beams.
Connectors allow attachment in three directions. Adapters
are used as fillers for crosspiece attachment. See assembly
instructions for diagrams.
5) Q. Can I purchase Mianne with
a height different than the standard 40"?
A. Yes, we can make the height whatever you need. Just let
us know when ordering.
6) Q. How is Mianne shipped?
A. We ship via standard UPS Ground Service. The largest
box we ship in is 8"×8"×48" and
weighs between 40 and 50 lbs.
7) Q. Can I purchase one module
and add to it later on?
A. Yes. Try not to think of Mianne as modular but rather
as a series of legs and I-beams that connect together to
form one unitized structure. For example, if you wanted
a 2'×4' section you would need to purchase a 24B expansion
kit and a 24C leg set. If you wanted a 2'×8' section
you would need 2 24B sections but only one 24C. This benchwork
would have six legs total.
8) Q. Why not just use solid wood
for frame members instead of I-beams?
A. There are a few of reasons for utilizing a built up I-beam
instead of solid wood.
1) Stability - every piece of wood is different and therefore
reacts to seasonal changes differently. Our I-beams have
a MDF core, with a hardwood frame. This creates consistent
seasonal movement in all pieces. More stability equals more
reliable trackwork and running of trains.
2) Consistency - the I-beams are produced on dedicated machines
and are therefore consistent in tolerance. This makes for
easy and reliable assembly.
3) Weight - we have achieved great strength with low weight.
This makes for easy construction and helps keep shipping
9) Q. Does Mianne sell the plywood for
A. No, we suggest purchasing your plywood locally from a
building supplier. We recommend ½" plywood as
a base. You can use thicker (eg ¾") if you want
to overhang the benchwork by a few inches. When choosing
plywood, try to pick something that is flat, such as ½"
interior lauan plywood and stay away from the least expensive
CDX grades as they are not very flat or stable.
10) Q. How much weight can Mianne support?
A. Mianne can handle the weight of any scale as well as
all desired scenery materials. After attaching the plywood
top, Mianne can easily support the weight of the average
11) Q. What is the difference between series
24 and series 30 kits?
A. The difference is: on the series 24 kits the straight
sections are 24" wide and on the series 30 kits they