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deemery
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Posted - 06/03/2018 :  3:59:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used 1/4" hardboard, 1" tall strips. My risers were cheap 1"x3" strapping, with 3/4" square pieces screwed to the top to provide a better surface for the splines. I glued splines to the risers with an industrial hot glue gun and "wood glue sticks". This goes quickly, if (a) you can cut the strips and (b) you have at least one helper. You need LOTS of (cheap spring) clamps, at least 25. I tried to fully document the process in my build thread, see http://railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=50442

dave


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

Edited by - deemery on 06/03/2018 4:44:15 PM

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Graffen
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Posted - 06/03/2018 :  4:36:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Dave, I'll take a look.

Michael Graff
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Graffen
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Posted - 06/12/2018 :  5:47:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The only places that will have plywood sub-roadbed will be the station/yards/industries. The rest will be spline.
I bought some 5/8" plywood to try.
The spline roadbed is still under evaluation though...
The 1/4" spruce is strong, but really difficult to work with. My next experiment will be with 1/4" MDF that I sawed into 3/4" strips.
It seems like a middle road between hardboard and spruce spine.


Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
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Graffen
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Posted - 06/14/2018 :  01:09:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Some more progress on the layout.



Almost 80% of the benchwork is ready. The ones left to do are the curve sections.

I've also added the first 5/8" plywood roadbed.

I will use plywood roadbed on the stations and yards. The inclines and upper tracks will be spline roadbed.



Spline raw material made from1/4" MDF that I sawed into 1" strips.





Tracks and turnouts. I laid out some Peco turnouts to make sure the roadbed will fit the plan.





Laser cut sweep sticks for HOn3. These are invaluable!

I got these made by a friend in the US.





It might be possible to lay the first tracks this weekend.


Michael Graff
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Swedish custom model builder.
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George D
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Posted - 06/14/2018 :  07:32:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice neat carpentry work, Michael. It'll be interesting to watch the track laying.

George



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Graffen
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Posted - 06/19/2018 :  3:24:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks George.

Some more progress today.
I've glued the cork. It's standard HO cork that I cut off a 6 mm (1/4") wide strip to make it fit HOn3 (16.5mm - 10.5mm = 6mm).
Now I have to order more cork .... I need about 40-50 yards.
I've begun on the Spline roadbed.
I'm gluing it with "No more nails" from Pattex on cartridge (I guess it's like liquid nails?).
The splines are 6 mm (1/4") MDF, which is cut in 25 mm (1") wide strips.
There is a need for huge amount of clamps though. Have to find some more, I know I have some...
Time to make all the curved and Y-turnouts as well.













Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
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Graffen
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Posted - 06/20/2018 :  10:55:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
More progress. I've finished about 2/3s of the subroadbeds.

I had to check my inclines to keep them under 2%.










Michael Graff
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Graffen
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Posted - 06/24/2018 :  09:49:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've started the work on the landscape painting on the backdrop.
To make a representation of the Colorado rockies isn't as easy as it sounds....
You want them to be tall and imposing, and have the color variations of the real thing.
On top of that I have to find a level of detail that I'm satisfied with.
I use regular artist acrylics for it.







Michael Graff
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Orionvp17
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Posted - 06/24/2018 :  09:55:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Backdrop is off to a great start! Keep going!

Pete
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Graffen
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Posted - 06/25/2018 :  5:53:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I built a switch to fit my layout, a three-way stub switch in HOn3.
It is a #6 with 26" radius.

I will probably use a Tam Valley servo controller for it.
It's really fun to build these.


Michael Graff
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Graffen
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Posted - 06/26/2018 :  08:16:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Made a bit more on my three-way stub turnout in HOn3. One drawbar is made, now it's two more to hold the track gauge to make as well. It's a little tricky to make them because the rails must be able to move individually. I soldered micro track spikes to hold the rails in place.


https://youtu.be/2r4eTK4pT7Y


Michael Graff
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George D
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Posted - 06/26/2018 :  09:26:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice work on the three way stub switch, I assume the rails aren't soldered to the spikes on the throw bar. I like that arrangement.

George



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Graffen
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Posted - 06/26/2018 :  09:56:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George D

Nice work on the three way stub switch, I assume the rails aren't soldered to the spikes on the throw bar. I like that arrangement.

George


Thanks!
Yes, you assume correct.
The rails are floating in the nails.
I will also add some straps on top of the head ties to hold the rails down.


Michael Graff
"Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"
Swedish custom model builder.
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Graffen
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Posted - 06/27/2018 :  4:26:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Graffen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I built a curved turnout today.
HOn3 with Code 70 rails. 28" and 22" radiuses.
What's left to do is to make the cuts for the live frog and to clean the flangeways from solder.I build my turnouts to the narrow specs that Railway engineering promotes. I use their roller gauges and to check with the NMRA gauge, you use the flange end instead of the track end.












Michael Graff
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Neil M
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Posted - 07/01/2018 :  06:11:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fantastic Michael! Your backdrop painting is brilliant. The track plan looks good. Have you thought about breaking up the long hidden run in the top peninsula in your plan? I'm just thinking that the train drivers may get a bit anxious if their train is out of sight in such a long tunnel?

Maybe just a few openings in the fascia for track maintenance and whatnot would meet that need.


Built a waterfront HO layout in Ireland http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22161 but now making a start in On30 in Australia http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=52273

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