The Base8 Modular Landscaping Standard

BPB

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BPB (Baseplate Plus Brick) is a technique for raising, slightly, the ground level of your landscape.  There are several advantages to this, mainly that lakes, rivers and streams can be placed lower than ground level for a much more natural look.  It also opens up more opportunities for the use of bricks and plates that you otherwise might not be able to use in a flat landscape, since the basic ground level height is roughly one brick high (see here for example).  All Base8 modules can be built without BPB, but there will be a noticeable discrepancy between baseplates.  BPB can be achieved either by getting a hold of some 9.6mm (or roughly 3/8ths of an inch) thick material such as cardboard, foam-core or plywood and placing your baseplates on it, or you can build BPB supports. There are many ways to achieve this, see the following pictures for examples.

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Displays built without BPB tend to have more noticeable discrepancies between baseplates.

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BPB Instances

WAMALUG used BPB in October 2005 to recess the roads in their Fall for Fairfax castle display.

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