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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 06/15/2018 :  10:58:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
George, I was concerned if the locomotives could negotiate the 3 and they made it through.

Dave, thanks.

Rich, thanks for checking it out.


To add the rest of the track to the float I used modified Atlas flex track. I did some experimenting to start with before the major cutting. I did the cutting on my Proxxon table saw.

Step 1: trim off the ties along the tie plates on the outside.



Step 2: trim off the ties along the tie plates on the inside.



Step 3: trim the ties to the thickness of the PCB.



Not much left, only the tie plates.



I left every 4th tie to hold the gauge. I then soldered on PCB ties in some places to hold the curve. I realize the curve isn’t prototypical but I need every millimeter I can find. I would have made the float wider if I had known we were going to bubble out the module and eliminated this curving. I’ll cut the cross ties when I attach the rail to the float.






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Tampa Jim
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Posted - 06/16/2018 :  8:54:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit Tampa Jim's Homepage  Send Tampa Jim an AOL message  Reply with Quote
We did some preliminary planning for the number, location, and footprint size for the buildings on the layout today. Cardboard cutouts stand in for what we will build and three mailing tubes might actually make into our cement plant with some substantial alteration and surface treatment!





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Tampa Jim
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Posted - 06/16/2018 :  8:56:39 PM  Show Profile  Visit Tampa Jim's Homepage  Send Tampa Jim an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Here Frank demonstrates how to "retrofit" an existing O Scale Layout to the space available. Let's just say it's an aggressive method but it worked: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP225mErcIE

Jim

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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 06/16/2018 :  11:53:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Took a minute from the beach. Frank that's a pretty cool float you got there!!

Jerry

"And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/17/2018 :  11:31:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You just never know what to expect on this thread. Aside from excellent modeling of course. The car float is fascinating.

Mike


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railman28
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Posted - 06/17/2018 :  1:21:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frank the ferry is looking good. Interesting to see the urban planning. But, that video ain't for the faint of heart!

It's only make-believe

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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 06/17/2018 :  7:10:30 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jim is our module historian.

Jerry thanks, I can’t believe you’re home from the beach so soon.

Mike and Bob, thanks for the comps on the carfloat. The band saw is a time saver when it comes to correcting building size. I did a more surgical cut on a Woodland Scenic’s Morrison’s Doors.



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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 06/25/2018 :  4:27:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You know how you look at something and you realize you made a piece of crap? Well I did. And I couldn’t stand it anymore. The cars and locomotive had trouble negotiating that wicked “S” curve. Plus it looked terrible. I knew I could do better so I discarded the old #3 turnout and saved the track. When I did the drawings I did a left, right and a “Y” #3 turnout.

Now that we added the bubble to the corner of the module I was able to use more space and go with the “Y” turnout. Plus I was able to move the float 2” further away from the dock. That would give me a 5-1/2” float bridge. I was able to get more of the turnout onto the bridge giving me more room on the float tracks.

I also learned a few things from the first version and corrected those errors in version 2.



This is with a 40’ and a 50’ car on the far track. Two 40s and 2 – 50s will fit no problem.



Here’s a close up of the new turnout and bridge.



I made track bumpers from triangular pieces of brass soldered to the rails.



I solved the problem of what glue to use. I didn’t use any. I inserted HO Atlas track spikes into the tie plate ends. It was easy to pre-drill a hole in the tie plate and push the spike into the Sintra plastic. There are spikes every 2 or 3 ties and it holds fine.




After I spiked the track in place I cut the cross ties out so just the tie plates remained. That gives it a more prototypical look. After some weathering I don’t think you’ll notice the soldered ties vs. the plastic ties as much.






Edited by - Frank Palmer on 06/25/2018 4:28:31 PM

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David Clark
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Posted - 06/25/2018 :  10:00:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frank,
The second go-around is definitely an improvement. I think that the first one would have been fine but having seen the second, improved, version you know there is no going back. Good job!
Cheers,
Dave



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/25/2018 :  10:17:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Frank,

A big improvement over your first version, which looking back on the photos, I find rather cartoonish now.

I envy your facility with track-laying. Today I tried to spike down a single rail and had trouble keeping it reasonably straight. You do nice clean accurate work.

Mike


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Carl B
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Posted - 06/26/2018 :  07:04:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
you realize you made a piece of crap? Well I did. And I couldn’t stand it anymore

A true craftsman is his own toughest critic, and is willing to cast aside his unsatisfactory efforts and start again...

Bravo Frank!



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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 06/26/2018 :  10:17:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
David, when there’s no deadline it’s nice to have the option for do-overs.

Mike, I agree it was cartoonish and crude. Having the bubble out gave me so many more options.

Carl, I don’t know if I’m more of a craftsman or a perfectionist.



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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 06/26/2018 :  11:45:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Perfectionist I think for sure! Nothing wrong with that Frank!

Your work is way beyond Master Modeler!!


Jerry

"And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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David Clark
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Posted - 06/26/2018 :  2:56:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frank, a perfectionist is never happy with what they produce and can't accept acknowledgement for a well-done job. A craftsman knows how to fix a mistake and produce a high-quality product. I think you are definitely the latter.
Cheers,
Dave



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 06/26/2018 :  5:42:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by David Clark

Frank, a perfectionist is never happy with what they produce and can't accept acknowledgement for a well-done job. A craftsman knows how to fix a mistake and produce a high-quality product. I think you are definitely the latter.
Cheers,
Dave



Well said.



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