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BigLars 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 2’x3’ (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 let’s go, I know two ON30 guys who want in other than me.
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George D Posted - 11/01/2020 : 08:49:06 AM
Top hat and tails with On30 - really!

Bernd Posted - 11/01/2020 : 08:38:35 AM

Michael Hohn Posted - 10/31/2020 : 7:12:56 PM
I like it. Very atmospheric.

BigLars Posted - 10/31/2020 : 7:02:58 PM
Originally posted by CNE1899

Very cool effect, nice background! I want to hang out there with that dude.

A bunch of ON30 guys were 3d scanned and printed. This is Newell, one of many of the crew. Ye has purchased this beach town and is getting it ready for the rest of the Rouges. Get your self scanned and printed and you will be put in the middle of the cation.
CNE1899 Posted - 10/31/2020 : 6:24:52 PM
Very cool effect, nice background! I want to hang out there with that dude.
BigLars Posted - 10/31/2020 : 6:18:56 PM
I'm back at the beach with the Micro and wanted to test something last night.

BigLars Posted - 10/27/2020 : 9:00:02 PM
Originally posted by George D

Originally posted by BigLars

It is a vacation spot for my ON30 friends to visit.

How about your HO friends?


We will see if any of the ladies are willing to settle.
George D Posted - 10/27/2020 : 8:49:53 PM
Originally posted by BigLars

It is a vacation spot for my ON30 friends to visit.

How about your HO friends?

BigLars Posted - 10/27/2020 : 8:01:36 PM
Originally posted by Rick

Looks like a Cialis ad in the making.

It is a vacation spot for my ON30 friends to visit. It will have Boardwalks, beaches, bars and trains.
It will be sound equipped with appropriate Jimmy Buffett tunes. Maybe wave sounds.
I understand it will also be a popular spot to meet SI swimsuit models or other attractive ladies in need of a vacation.
The ON30 male figures will be 3d prints of real ON30 guys. Or Figures I find that look like them.
Its only purpose is like an amusement ride but may also have a bar car. Who knows where I will go. It is so small that it will take little time to build.
Rick Posted - 10/27/2020 : 7:55:35 PM
Looks like a Cialis ad in the making.
acousticco Posted - 10/27/2020 : 7:32:19 PM
I can see how that would be a troublesome job but the results look great!

BigLars Posted - 10/27/2020 : 7:04:59 PM
Thanks all for looking in and for the ice cube suggestions. A little progress. Finished the board want. Cutting the wood for between the tracks on a 6" curve was a PITA.

CNE1899 Posted - 10/27/2020 : 1:49:08 PM

Kinda Key Westish. Coming along nicely.

acousticco Posted - 10/24/2020 : 12:27:15 PM
It's great to see this challenge still ongoing!

Nice layout Larry, looking forward to seeing more.

Bill Gill Posted - 10/21/2020 : 4:07:58 PM
possible crushed/bag ice:
very tiny retro reflective glass beads that they spread on roads when the paint the stripes (I have some) it can look like finely crushed ice

tiny bits chipped from the edges of a scrap of clear plexiglas or chopped off clear styrene sprue

tiny bits of broken glass tumbled in a rock polisher until you don't get a handful of glass slivers working with them (or put in a plastic bottle with soume small pebbles and water and shake, roll around or vibrate), pour through fine mesh, pick out the rocks

take a clear plastic cover from some product packaging and cut small pieces, put them on a cutting board and chop away with a chef's knife until the right size

then pour some clear acrylic varnish into a small container, add your choice of ice (sorry James: stirrred, not shaken), pour some in the top and chill your beer bottles

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