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wvrr
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Posted - 10/16/2006 :  5:25:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ken,

The tubing and connectors remind me of products by Elfa. See if there is anything on this website:
http://www.elfa.com/

Chuck



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bpate
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Posted - 10/16/2006 :  6:13:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Will do Ken. Give me a few days please and I'll get some figures for you.


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Bbags
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Posted - 10/16/2006 :  7:23:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Marken

Here's the story John...

Chester posted a link on another forum and this pic popped up.



Thought it was a neat idea So I'm out in the workshop yesterday working on an arbor and that image pops into my head and I look and examine this area of the shop that just happens to be wasted space...



So I get the tape measure out and find I could possibly build a similar layout of about 24"x12'. Nothing big but instead of building all these diorama's and putting them in the closet when their done I could actually lay some track and Just need some idea's on how I can do this.

Besides...your having way too much fun building yours




Barry,
Being almost an Aussie I take as a nice complement.

Ken,
I am having lots of fun planting all of my shelf orphans and also planning how to finish up all the empty spaces.
I think you will enjoy finding a home for your dioramas.
As for laying track and running trains I will admit that bug has really not bitten me yet.
Right now all my trains are using the push pull method to get around.

Also thanks to Chester(familiar name) and his postings of his trucks I sometimes think that I could be just as happy with a village with streets loaded with trucks.



John Bagley
Modeling the Alaska Railroad in HO in Wildwood Georgia.

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Marken
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Posted - 10/16/2006 :  8:17:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
John...I think by now you know it's not about the trains. But I'll sure miss your ribbing when I get some track down

And if this works out I'll also have to build another perfect display case for Foss Scale Drive


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bpate
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Posted - 10/17/2006 :  8:14:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Marken

Thanks Barry.

If you could (only IF you have some time) get a price for me for the tubing and connectors. This is what I'm looking for:



It would be 609.6mm wide, 3657.6mm long and 609.6mm tall. I added another brace (black line) in the middle of the section and another verticle brace (black line)for each end. Don't need the legs or lower shelf.

Again, only if you have some spare time.



Ken, I've spoken with the guys at Capral. The Cubelock comes in 6.5 metre lengths and is A$35 per length.

There is a cutting fee, which I can usually get waived if I speak to the right guy. The connectors are A$1.20 each.

I can better think in feet and inches so that is about 21.3 feet. You are basically wanting a box frame 12' by 2'.

Roughly, I calculate you will need 4 x 6.5 metre lengths and 10 connectors to achieve this.

FWIW, the potential problems as I see them will be twofold. 12 feet is probably too long for a span at the top and you will get sagging unless it is supported from above or behind. Is that possible? Secondly, I don't know how much shipping a 12' long package will cost.

Hope this helps.



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Marken
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Posted - 10/17/2006 :  8:49:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks a bunch Barry.

How long is this unit?



What if I broke it down into three four foot sections? It would take more connectors but the longest tubes would only be four feet.

I would be adding a facia to the front so it would help support the top.


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bpate
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Posted - 10/17/2006 :  8:53:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ken, that unit was 12 feet made from 3 x 4 foot sections. That would work.


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Marken
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Posted - 10/18/2006 :  4:54:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barry, I played around and came up with this.



The weight is calculated from a piece I found at work.

I also made some calls and found a place that carries aluminum tube. Seems 6.5m is the common length. The only thing I don't know is the wall thickness on the tube. Would you happen to know? I'm guessing 0.060". That was the thickness of the tube I found.

He was going to check on his price and get back to me.


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bpate
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Posted - 10/18/2006 :  5:35:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Ken. The tubing is 1" square with a wall thickness of about 0.06. Sounds close to me!


Edited by - bpate on 10/18/2006 5:36:28 PM

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Marken
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Posted - 10/18/2006 :  6:19:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barry, just found a source of tubing in Missouri. 1x1x.062x65.5 inches. $6.00 per piece. If I order 19 I'll have enough. Cost is $114.00






Shipping is $63.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Would you ship some clips my way if I let you know which ones?


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bpate
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Posted - 10/18/2006 :  6:31:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Absolutely Ken, I'm away next week so if you can let me know what you need I'll try to get it away for you before then. Again, not sure of the shipping cost but being only plastic connectors it couldn't be that much. Send me a PM with you address details. It's Thursday morning here so I have today and tomorrow to get them for you, if they are in stock.


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Marken
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Posted - 10/19/2006 :  4:35:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is what I came up with Barry. Added some no's to the connectors so you know which ones:



I need:

8 - #2
6 - #4
2 - #3

I'll send you a PM with the other info.


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bpate
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Posted - 10/19/2006 :  4:56:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very clear Ken. Thanks


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bpate
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  05:55:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The connectors are on their way Ken.


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jeffjan2001
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Posted - 10/20/2006 :  10:39:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit jeffjan2001's Homepage  Send jeffjan2001 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Marken

Barry, just found a source of tubing in Missouri. 1x1x.062x65.5 inches. $6.00 per piece. If I order 19 I'll have enough. Cost is $114.00

Shipping is $63.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Would you ship some clips my way if I let you know which ones?


ken and others,
i found a source for the connectors... too late it turns out, but may help others.
check out: http://www.brunnerent.com/Tools/Portfolio/frontend/itemlist.asp?type=2&size=0&lngDisplay=2&strMetaTag
they seemed to have all the ones you were looking for.

sorry i didn't get to this message faster.


Jeff
Spitton, Bailey & Wyre RR
"We'll get you there even if we have to get out and push!"
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Loosely Based on the Camas Prairie RR in Northern ID

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