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CNE1899
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Posted - 01/13/2021 :  1:28:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am going to be building the bench work for my 2'x2' layout, laying down the foam base, and starting to tackle manual turnout controls in the face of the base.
I am going to rabbit joint the corners and I have cut a detail along the inside of the frame to flush mount the plywood base.
The pieces inside the frame are cross supports.

Scott





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George D
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Posted - 01/13/2021 :  3:35:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
2'x2'! What scale Scott?

George


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CNE1899
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Posted - 01/13/2021 :  5:08:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George D

2'x2'! What scale Scott?

George



George,
Z scale. See the link to my layout build.
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=53482

Scott



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Michael Hohn
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Posted - 01/13/2021 :  7:17:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit Michael Hohn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nicely done, Scott.


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CNE1899
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Posted - 02/10/2021 :  9:31:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay,
A little are progress. I said earlier in this thread that I wanted to use manual switches. I am basing my switch controls on the ground throw switch.
They will be lined up along an axis in front.
I am going to mount them on a plate and connect them via rod or cable to gravity switches.
I will make a connection for a controller and openings for switches to isolate sidings.
I am also going to use old style square nuts and washers to fasten the corners of the frame. I am going to use round head fasteners and square nuts on the control panel as well
I want the details and fasteners to look like railroad type fasteners.

Scott







Edited by - CNE1899 on 02/10/2021 9:36:59 PM

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BurleyJim
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Posted - 02/10/2021 :  11:40:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is going to look very sharp Scott. Are you going to use a BB for the ball, or something a little larger?

Jim


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Edited by - BurleyJim on 02/10/2021 11:43:05 PM

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CNE1899
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Posted - 02/11/2021 :  07:15:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim,
Thanks.
I was thinking they might be discs I'd cut from rod.
But now you've got me thinking of doing wood balls.
I was also thinking this shape is more English.
What if I did a notched block like the US ones?

Scott



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CNE1899
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Posted - 02/11/2021 :  07:22:55 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I forgot to post this bit of progress on this thread.
I cut the holes to lighten the frame and to run controls for manual turnouts.
What do you guys think?

Scott





Edited by - CNE1899 on 02/11/2021 07:25:17 AM

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TRAINS1941
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Posted - 02/11/2021 :  08:36:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like it Scott. For sure the framework will never come apart. Nice carpentry.

Jerry

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Dutchman
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Posted - 02/11/2021 :  08:51:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice wood work, Scott.


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jbvb
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Posted - 02/11/2021 :  10:05:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you want exactly that style of switch lever and will enjoy making them, great. But if you aren't aware of Humpyard Purveyance's acetal lever kits, they might save you some time.


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BigLars
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Posted - 02/11/2021 :  6:41:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you want to take some benchwork order I might know a guy. Looking forward to following this thread.


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CNE1899
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Posted - 02/11/2021 :  9:02:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys!
jbvb, I was hoping to represent ground throw switches.
I just realized that what I was mimicking was from Australia.



This is more what I'm after:


Unfortunately, I like the Australian one. It visually fits better.

Scott





Edited by - CNE1899 on 02/11/2021 9:04:10 PM

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jbvb
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Posted - 02/11/2021 :  9:44:03 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Your American picture looks like a Racor #22 - they're the corporate descendant of Ramapo, a foundry in NJ who made many, many switchstands back in the day. The Humpyard Purveyance levers look like manual interlocking levers from a signal tower, though in the UK (and other places that have similar operating schemes) you see them in ground frames.


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