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    can you see me now?

    LOL

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    Yep, they show up now.
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    No pics yet. Post #15 still has the broken link symbols.
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    Ok,, one last try before I put ol' bessy out to pasture permanently. :shoot:

    Turnback loop with adapter offset.jpg
    Turnback loop with adapter offset 3d.jpg

    Try that,, does it work now?. If not I have no clue.

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    I see them now
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    Ok,, one last try before I put ol' bessy out to pasture permanently.

    Turnback loop with adapter offset.jpg
    Turnback loop with adapter offset 3d.jpg

    Try that,, does it work now?. If not I have no clue.

    Adios Wyatt

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    mods please remove one of the doubles,, I tell ya my pc is fixing to take a one way trip to the moon!!

    adios, Wyatt

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    Looking at the plan that Karl drew up for me on another forum,, I adapted the drawing using 3rd Plan-it,, plus I added another industry.





    This is coming together nicely,, can't wait to see what else Karl comes up with. I was thinking , that I need to put a runaround somewhere to get the cars from Cardigan Jct. to serve the industries. Maybe somewhere in Cardigan,, making it a shove move to spot the industries. Thoughts?


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    Hmmm?
    A run around somewhere?
    To serve the industries in Uni Ave, a shove from Cardigan would work nice with the exception of the one industry on the vertical section on the Uni Ave module. You have one industry that would need a run around, UNLESS you carry that car behind the loco when you make the shove?

    I can see an escape track in one or both yards though, that is unless you plan to add more modules to both yards? Of course giving the fact that Karl may not be done yet?

    Realizing this is probably still a draft and a work in progress, the left leg of the wye coming from the New Brighton yard, could it be shortened a bit or is there further plans?
    My thoughts are if this is the group of modules that will be setup most of the time, then it needs to be a bit more self-contained so it can be opt'ed without always having to setup the other modules.

    This plan at first glance looks kind of thin in the skin for trackage, but I do know that sometimes "More is Less" and if you make things too easy, it can become almost boring to operate.
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    Well here goes nothing, I hope the pics that I am going to post. I am going to use photobucket first,,, so on with the show.

    Well it has been awhile since I posted anything.

    I started this thread on the 28th of April and as of 18 May I think I have made some pretty good progress.

    The first thing I decided to do was to rip down 1/2" plywood for the legs for the layout. Since I plan on taking this to shows as a standalone, and also as Free-moN sections to join other layouts or sections. I ripped 2" and 1 1/2" pieces that will form a "L" to be much more stable and true than regular dimensional lumber.

    First the leg leveler that Allen, Karl and other have used,,, well I chose to use it also.


    Here is the material. I need 30 ea 2" rips and 30 ea 1 1/2" rips. I still have more to go. I have even thought about just re-doing them in Birch and just not sanded pine plywood.


    So the next item on the list was the valance. I used 3/4" plywood for the shelves, then I attached a 4" rip to front to stiffen the shelves and also provide the front of the valance. For ease of installation and preventing pain in my lower back I decided to paint everything before I installed it.





    The install was fairly easy peasy. I had to cut one piece of stock to fit,, no biggie,, I have mad skills with a saw!!!





    Next comes the lighting. After reading a post on another forum from rodsup9000, he used LED strip lighting. He even provided a link to the power supply and the LED strips. After the test install,, I have decided to add a third strip just to inside of the valance. Brighter the better.



    Here is one before turning on the LED,, just using the single incandescent bulb in the garage.


    Here is the LED strips, now mind you this is only 2 strips. Each strip has 300 5050 smd,, Rated for 6000K,, pretty close to daylight. That is also with the garage light turned off.


    Well that is all for now,, stoopid picture limit

    Part 2 to follow.

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    Part 2:

    Here comes the sections.

    We had a nice cool day here in Central Texas, mid 60's and clouds,, nice north wind. What a better day to fire up the saw and other tools and build stuff.

    I got all the dimensional lumber ripped and cut to length so when it came time to build,, I just go go go... and away I went. I ripped the 1/2" birch into 3 1/2" widths for the section frames. Then I proceeded to rip the 3/4" birch into 6" widths. I also cut the 1/4" birch for the lids and the 2" foam.

    Everything is glued and stapled, so there will be no flex. Build it better I always say.



    Here are the 3 18" and 6' long sections. These will be the long leg of the layout, to include the highway underpasses and Lexington Ave Industrial lead.



    Here are all the sections, everything was checked for square by pulling diagonal measurements from corner to opposing corner before the final stapling. So all I need to do now, is to secure the 2" foam, trim said foamage, then add and secure the 3/4" x 6" Birch plywood.

    To avoid the headaches of drilling after assembled, I decided to layout and pre-drill the joists. I used a 1" forstner bit for the wiring pass through hole. Then proceeded to use a 1/4" bit for the leg bolts. ( more on that in a future post).



    Here is just the pass through hole, because this a intermediate joist.



    Here are some just fer the heck of it,, I wanted to see what it would look like before I went bed.











    All I need to do now, is add the 2" foam and then add the 3/4" Birch mating faces. Then comes the fun,,, transferring the trackplan,, and...... LAYING TRACK!!!! Good times ahead!!

    Well that is all.

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    Oh wow that lighting is beautiful. That's something I aspire to, building down here in this dimly-lit unfinished basement... it seems like LED strips are the way to go!

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    DW,

    It makes a world of difference,, I used to have shop lights hanging above the old layout,, these are much better.

    See ya Y-it

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    Time for some more update pictures.


    I had time this past weekend to glue the 2" pink foam down and trim it flush with the wood frame. I used PowerGrab by Loctite for the adhesive and then a Makita laminate trimmer with a 2" flush cutting bit.


    Here are a 4' and 6' sections with the powergrab applied. I used a 6" sheetrock knife to spread the adhesive about a 1/16" or so thick over the entire surface.






    Here you can see the overhang that used to facilitate the cutting of the foam. The large side will give me plenty to use for scenery land forms.






    Here are the sections stacked and waiting for the adhesive to cure, I let them sit for about a day and half.



    Yes, I know I should have stacked them different. The ones on the bottom have already had about 4 hours cure time.


    Here is what the trimmed foam looks like,, I really like how they came out,, the laminate trimmer and the 2" bit did really well,, plus I have mad skills.






    Here are the rest of the sections.





    Now I just need to attach the 3/4" birch and I am ready to roll.


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    Routers work great on the foam!
    Nice and clean...
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    Haha I used a saw to cut my foam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwwojcik View Post
    Haha I used a saw to cut my foam.
    What's so funny?
    What kind of a saw?
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    Oh, I used a handsaw to cut my foam. It's very rough, in contrast to SOO's almost surgical cuts. That's where the humor was supposed to be. It's really a 'heh' at best, not a 'haha'.

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    I noticed for those following along at home and playing the home version of the game,, there is no recent plan drawing.

    Well here it is,, The trackwork my look funky,, but it is pretty close to prototype during the mid 70's to mid 80's. I am working on a print out 1:1 so I can just transfer the plan using a ponce wheel,, and awayyyyy I goooo.



    There ya have it.

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    Well here are a couple of pics of progress as of yesterday.


    I was able to get all 3/4" Birch on the sections, also got the leg bolts installed.


    These are the two 4' sections that will make up the New Brighton area. I used 3/4" all the way around because one will have a mating face on all four sides, and the other I just kept the look the same.



    Here is the mating face on the regular 6' x 18" sections



    Here are the leg bolts. I used 1/4 x 20 bolts, washers, T-nuts and fender washers. The T-nut serves the use of not having to glue the head of the bolt to the joist.











    Now all I lack is applying the base ground color paint, then transfer the track plan. After that then the real fun stuff happens.


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