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    Well, after being inspired by Fabrice's very nice control panel, and after pestering him and Louis for tips and how-to's, I finally got around to designing and building my laminated control panel.

    First, in photoshop:



    Then I took a PDF file to Staples, bought some 32 pound gloss paper and had them print it (be sure to watch for streaky prints, I asked them to print another one, for an extra 50 cents and it was worth it). Then I borrowed a paper cutter, and cut it down to dimension, then had them laminate it.

    Then with stock masonite (varying thickness) I crafted a control panel, glued it, and spray-painted it black.



    The front:



    Mocking the laminated panel, to drill holes for the SPDT:



    With everything assembled and installed:



    This took me just one day to do (not including the 1 to 2 hours in photoshop, last night). For those who may not have photoshop, I think most paint software would be more than good enough for this.

    Arthur
    Arthur

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    Arthur,

    Cool, how about a photo of the actual layout.

    Larry

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    • #3
      Arthur,

      Very nice control panel. I to would like to see

      pictures of your layout.

      You been very busy ....
      Tom M.

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      • #4
        WOW Art!!! Neat concept & execution! Very nice....Mine (when I finally get there will be just thin stainless steel with the thin blue tape. Very nice, my friend!

        Geezer

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        • #5
          Larry and Tom,

          Not much to my module I'm afraid (I am puttering about with the first of eventually 7 or 8 modules I will assemble). It is 3 x 6' and the tracks have been laid, but still have to install the switch motors, wire the dead frogs, and test before I start on any scenery or buildings. At that point, there hopefully will be something interesting to photograph.

          Aw Geezer, you ought to try this method.. it's pretty cool and you can always throw it away if the design of your layout changes (just print and laminate a new one).

          Arthur
          Arthur

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          • #6
            Arthur,

            Come on I like pictures of plywood and track. Start a tread on the first module so we can see your progress.

            Larry

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            • #7
              That's an other solution. Very nice control panel !!!
              Have a G\'day



              Fabrice Fayolle

              http://www.modelrailway-online.com

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              • #8
                Fantastic looking job there Arthur. You did a nice job on that panel.


                Louis L&R Western Railroad
                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                • #9
                  Arthur, that is a great looking control panel. It puts mine to shame.[:-ashamed]
                  Bruce

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                  • #10
                    Nonsense.. it doesn't have those fancy lights and doo-dads and whatnots.. maybe I'll get around to doing that one of these days

                    Meanwhile, per request of Larry and Tom, here is my module.. I've just wired everything up under the table, switchmasters et al, and soldered the dead frogs (still have to order the contacts). When I was done, I did a light spray of grimy black over everything and went over the top with rail cleaner..

                    Now, onto scenery!


                    Arthur

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                    • #11
                      Arthur,

                      Loooooooooking gooooood!

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                      • #12
                        Looks nice and straight Arthur!

                        wowsa!

                        Horace must be paying well
                        Philip

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                        • #13
                          Arthur

                          Top notch work on the control panel. Impressive and functional. Very nicely done.

                          Peter [:-kitty]

                          BCT

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                          • #14
                            :up: :up:

                            Art my friend - you impress me! Nice job!!

                            Geezer

                            :up: [:-star] :up:

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                            • #15
                              Arthur, I do like that turntable kitbash. I've got the HO Atlas TT in my logging area, and the way you did yours would look nice for mine.

                              Maybe I should ask you nicely for the plans. (Please) I could resize if I had to for my HO version.


                              Louis L&R Western Railroad
                              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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