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George D
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Posted - 10/30/2020 :  11:31:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
James, I know about those floors from my days with a module club. I'm going to need at least 4" and my adjustment screws won't give me that. Making an addition to the legs won't be that difficult.

George



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 10/31/2020 :  09:05:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You have a very interesting project going on here, George.


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George D
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Posted - 10/31/2020 :  09:23:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

You have a very interesting project going on here, George.


Frustrating might be a better description.



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Carl B
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Posted - 10/31/2020 :  09:31:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are those 2x2 legs George? I'm surprised they don't warp...


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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 10/31/2020 :  11:38:01 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
When we took the Sundance Central to our first Narrow Gauge Convention it was at a Holiday Inn in Portland, ME. The layout room was the old underground parking garage. You can imagine how undulating the floor was with the high spots and drainage grates. We scrounged for everything we could find to make the layout level since we don’t have levelers.

I like your idea for leg levelers. Are those threaded eye bolts?


Frank

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George D
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Posted - 10/31/2020 :  12:13:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Carl I found some straight 2x4's that had been sitting in my garage for years and ripped them into 2x2's. I hope they don't warp.

Frank, in the past I've used carriage bolts for adjustments. I saw the eye bolt idea somewhere on the internet. It's easy to adjust with a screwdriver through the loop.

George



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George D
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Posted - 11/11/2020 :  4:51:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've stayed with the idea of a curved backdrop. I don't like corners in pictures. Here's what the aborted attempt to use Sinstra looked like.



I searched the internet and decided to try Masonite, or “tempered hardboard'. The sales associate at the local big box store gave me a blank look when I asked about Masonite. By the way, the backdrop is 18” high.

To curve the corners, I made a clamping frame on some saw horses. I wet the back of the Masonite with a very wet sponge, over and over while trying to force it into a curve. I got it to curve in the frame, but it was under a lot of pressure, so I decided to make some cuts on the back to relieve some of the pressure. I put a new blade in my Stanley knife and made six passes for each cut. The cuts are about 1/2” apart. I added more water and this relieved a lot of the pressure on the curve. I made the cuts on the other end before I wet it and then bent the tempered hardboard. There was a lot of water added and bending pressure made, but that went easier.



I glued 1”x3” boards to the back and screwed them to the layout frame.





I have seams in the Masonite at both ends of the layout that need to be cleaned up before I paint it. I haven't decided how I'm going to finish the backdrop, but I have tons of things to do before I have to finish it. Right now it's sitting on a pair of sawhorses in the garage. The layout is easier to work on with the backdrop off.

George



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 11/11/2020 :  6:25:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice job on the Masonite George. What do those young whippersnappers know about it, lucky he didn't offer you pegboard and wood filler. I went looking for a tack hammer at Lowes, and the gal handed me a hatchet. Must have thought I said 'attack' hammer.

Jim


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Bernd
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Posted - 11/11/2020 :  6:42:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit Bernd's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Neat trick on that curved backdrop. Looks good.

Bernd


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Carl B
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Posted - 11/11/2020 :  6:50:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I applaud your perseverance George


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George D
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Posted - 11/11/2020 :  8:02:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Jim and Bernd.

Carl, what else are you going to do during Covid?

George



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jbvb
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Posted - 11/11/2020 :  10:29:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
George, what thickness is your hardboard? I have been able to bend 1/8" hardboard to radii in the 15" - 18" range without using water. I haven't tried bending 1/4" hardboard - it seems much more rigid than I'd need in a backdrop.


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George D
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Posted - 11/11/2020 :  11:11:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's 1/8", James.

George



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Rick
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Posted - 11/11/2020 :  11:33:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking good George.


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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 11/12/2020 :  07:44:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice progress George!


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