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||Posted - 05/09/2014 : 6:57:15 PM
I made a comment that if you do not have a railroad running or were looking for a change of pace you could easily get a 2 x 3 cork posting board on sale for around $10.00 and put some spare track down and be running in a few hours.
Why did I suggest 2 x 3 cork tack boards? Well this is my story and I am sticking to it:
The cork and underlying material holds track spikes like a champ (practice hand laying track).
You do not need any power tools to build bench work. It is small enough to store under a bed if you have no room for a layout.
You can move it easily to the coffee table and run trains.
The layout will fit in the trunk of a car even my 2 seat SLK.
You can get 11 radius curves down that will allow you to run a lot of small HO or ON30 drives and cars.
I have built a mini and a micro layout on these before and they have each lasted 5 years and are still running.
Here are the rules.
Must use a 2x3 (approximate) cork board to start, keep it intact or slice it dice it any way you want.
A train has to run on the layout when finished.
The layout needs a purpose to exist, industry, theme park ride, etc.
It must hold the interest of a 7 10 year old for a half hour of play time. Yes, this is possible; I know it to be true. The children should be able to drive it and throw a switch but tell them no touching the trains or structures. I suggest a loop with a couple of switches or cool automation.
It must be operational by Thanksgiving 2014 (Giving the finished layout to a child, hospital or old age home for the Holidays earn extra special bonus points).
I would like to keep the scale to HO or above to make it a real challenge. (bonus points for new gauges / scales invented)
If you model someplace then model someplace else for the challenge. I model the Yukon that means I have to model something like Arizona, North Carolina, Cuba, Europe or something.
Sample of said board.
I buy mine at Hobby Lobby and use a 40% off on line coupon they put out every couple of weeks.
So lets go, I know two ON30 guys who want in other than me.
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||Posted - 11/27/2018 : 10:28:27 AM
Thanks Jerry, Larry and Michael.
||Posted - 11/26/2018 : 3:49:54 PM
Masterful use of plaster cloth, Rick.
||Posted - 11/26/2018 : 3:27:39 PM
Keep at it Rick.
||Posted - 11/26/2018 : 2:31:21 PM
She'll be coming round the mountain!!
Hey buddy that is fine progress you making there. I guess an Eagle Rare neat for that update!!
||Posted - 11/26/2018 : 1:12:53 PM
Ron, you make any progress?
I got most of the plaster cloth on.
Just a little more on the other portal entrance and then a light coat of spackle.
||Posted - 11/18/2018 : 4:53:49 PM
Nice to see you back at it.
Ron "Elwood Blues" is also starting one of these. I gave him the cork board a few weeks ago.
||Posted - 11/14/2018 : 09:15:00 AM
Mike, Jerry and Mike, thanks for checking in.
Micheal, that's why I'm leaving the back open.
It's more than wide enough to get my hand in.
Thanks for the observation.
||Posted - 11/14/2018 : 07:14:55 AM
Good to see you building Rick!
||Posted - 11/13/2018 : 3:40:50 PM
Well I'll be!
There is a mountain in your future and we get to see it.
Well done Rick looking forward to the plaster...
||Posted - 11/13/2018 : 3:08:39 PM
I like it, although having a turnout in a tunnel might be interesting.
||Posted - 11/13/2018 : 1:55:46 PM
Finally a little progress to report on.
I've framed out the shape of the mountain side using strips of cardboard.
Next step is to cover it with some plaster cloth.
||Posted - 04/17/2018 : 8:51:00 PM
||Posted - 04/17/2018 : 09:50:20 AM
Nice start Dan.
||Posted - 04/17/2018 : 08:21:48 AM
Nice try, Mike! :D
||Posted - 04/17/2018 : 08:08:31 AM
Just think of what you could do in that space in Zn3 Dan!