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fockewulf37
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Posted - 01/01/2016 :  10:14:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Ray,
I got tied up today and did not get the show the pic' with the bracing on it. I still plan to add a small jib crane to the upper platform. But still need to plane on the placement of a few other things...







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fockewulf37
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Posted - 01/02/2016 :  07:51:17 AM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Ok The next thing i wanted to do is build a retaining wall for the larger cut in a curve next to the loading dock. I have seen it done many ways. Square timer or round dowels. This was going to be a large area. Cost of dowels would be crazy. Like $30 -$40 worth of dowels.
the Square timber would be cheapest but I like the round better.
So I have been making my own foam logs so I decided to try making them a little smaller So I took 1" foam and cut them into 1"x1" by whatever length. I then went back to the 6" belt sander and shaped the foam into 1/2" dowels.. It went pretty well and fast too..
















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fockewulf37
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Posted - 01/02/2016 :  07:58:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I then took the foam dowels an made and made a temporary tool out of angle aluminum to cut the logs to a scale 12'. I also cut a bunch of short pieces for a cross beam. once they were all cut I wend ahead and painted them all a creosote color in latex paint...














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fockewulf37
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Posted - 01/02/2016 :  1:31:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Next i went to the layout and did a little more carving on the large block of foam . I then took a couple pieces of cardboard. I had to bend each corrugation so the cardboard would wrap round the curve. I then traced out the shape and cut to fit.I then cut a few curved strips to the shape of the curved wall. I then glued this to the bottom of the shaped cardboard so it would keep its shape.














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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 01/02/2016 :  4:08:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
OMG, foam dowels, now I've heard of everything.

Frank

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fockewulf37
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Posted - 01/02/2016 :  5:23:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Frank,
yeah.. just started piddling around and that is what I came up with..



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fockewulf37
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Posted - 01/02/2016 :  5:29:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Next I pinned the cardboard piece in place. I started putting the dowels in place using hot glue. the work went pretty fast...


















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fockewulf37
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Posted - 01/05/2016 :  4:39:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I then pulled up the cardboard and laid it on its back propping it up to keep its shape. I then went about filling in the spaces with oil dry. To hold the oil dry in place i used thinned white glue with acrylic paint for coloring just like I am doing the ballast...













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Carl B
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Posted - 01/05/2016 :  5:09:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Absolutely incredible !

Foam logs...what a concept

There is always a new way somewhere, and you found it Ty. Cool.



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rndunique
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Posted - 01/05/2016 :  6:36:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not clear on just how you could have a vertical wall with that kind of spacing between the timbers. Wouldn't all the rocks fall out onto the ROW? Or is this installed at some kind of angle?

Dave


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fockewulf37
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Posted - 01/05/2016 :  8:27:57 PM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
You know I don't know all about the construction of the prototype. I did some research on this style retaining wall and could not come up with much. But I don't worry about the details sometimes. I saw this used on several other layouts and liked it. I felt it would be a good uses in this area...

Tom Millers layout used this type in many places . I talked to Scott Anderson about the wood sizes but not about the prorotypes..






The Sundance Central has one similar but I think it is made the natural timber..



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Guff
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Posted - 01/06/2016 :  12:03:15 AM  Show Profile  Send Guff an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Landrel,
Great idea for cribbing!! I like the look and texture of the foam.
I don't comment very often however, I follow your layout postings. Always full of new and fresh ideas.
Thanks for sharing.
Dave


David Guffey

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fockewulf37
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Posted - 01/06/2016 :  10:26:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Carl and Dave,

Once dry I was able to move it with pretty easily. It set in place until secured to the wall. The retaining wall sets below the track line and I will back fill to level the area out.
. It is also just a little high so I can make the landscape come up to the back of the wall..










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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 01/06/2016 :  10:55:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That certainly is an interesting concept for making dowels.

Frank

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fockewulf37
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Posted - 01/25/2016 :  11:08:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit fockewulf37's Homepage  Send fockewulf37 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Well I have been busy doing other things for other people lately. SO progress has been slow ...I had moved all of my power over the top of the layout. That was a mistake. I need power under the benchwork. So I added wire down the pole and added 3 outlets under the benchwork...




















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