HO Exhibition Layout Build

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  1. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    You`ll love NZ Ian,
    I was there in Oct 2015....South Island....absolutely stunning....and nice people too.
    Here`s a pic I took at Wanaka and Queenstown was better than this???

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    http://www.click Happy Holidays......Gormo
     
  2. mattc6911

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    Stunning view Gormo I would love to visit so I'm quite jealous of Ian getting to go :D
    Still looking forward to watching this layout develop though Ian :thumbs: Looks like some interesting operating potential
    Cheers
    Matt
     
  3. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    Are they people swimming to the shore at the bottom of the pic ?? :avatar:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  4. leadie69

    leadie69 Full Member

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    Hi Everyone!

    It looks like I'm just about ready to start construction. I've spent the last few days refining the trackplan and working out the best way to build the baseboard and lighting pelmet frames. The original plan had backscenes on only 2 sides so it could be viewed from the lefthand corner as well as the front. It was proving way too hard to get the facia to curve as tightly as needed so there will now be backscenes on 3 sides. The front face will still be concave helping to draw you into the scene. There will be openings in the backscenes at the ends of both headshunts to allow extensions to be added if required - the left hand one will be hidden by a building and probably a tree while the righthand will be hidden by an overpass (thanks to SMR Chris for the idea).

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    The current plan (the black line along the front shows how far in front of the basboard the lighting pelmet facia will sit)

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    The transparent yellow lines show the baseboard frame (the actual surface will be 30mm high density foam so I won't need heaps of extra framing)

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    The transparent lines in this pic show the framing for the top of the lighting pelmet (this will be above a layer of white coreflute that will have flexible led strip lighting fitted to it)

    If all goes to plan I should be able to start work on this over the next week or so.

    Ian
     
  5. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Top work with the planning in Anyrail Ian.

    You have interpreted what I had in mind re the over pass exactly how I was visualising it as a scenic view block for the track going through the back-scene in that rear corner.

    Having the ability to have one of the two exiting tracks as staging gives you another siding, the on layout staging track at the front becoming a siding you could have a removable industry building to drop in when in this mode.
     
  6. leadie69

    leadie69 Full Member

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    :hismiley:

    I've been off work for the last few days with a bad cold so I have had time to sort out the pics of my progress up until last Thursday.

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    The frame with backscene boards fitted.

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    High density foam baseboard fitted. I was going to use 3mm mdf for the facia but white corflute seems to be just as good but I can always change it later if need be.

    I've checked and I have all the track, rail joiners and point motors needed so I hope to make a start on tracklaying this week.

    Ian
     
  7. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    G'day Ian,

    Great to see some progress made. What is the front facia edge made of ? It looks like coreflute or similar. Or is it painted MDF ??

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  8. paul_l

    paul_l Staff Member Administrator

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    Hi Ian

    Looking good - just a quick question - How deep is your framing, will it clear your point motors ?

    Paul
     
  9. leadie69

    leadie69 Full Member

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    Gary wrote:
    Hi Gary.

    The facia is currently corflute but may well change to 3mm mdf at a later date.

    Ian
     
  10. leadie69

    leadie69 Full Member

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    paul_l wrote:
    Hi Paul.

    The frame is 41x19mm pine but the foam of the baseboard is 35mm so all up I have about 75mm clearance. I plan to fit the solenoids directly to the turnouts so they won't even poke down below the foam.

    Ian
     
  11. ianvolvo46

    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    Great seeing a plan come together

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    Ian (tinto)
     
  12. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Looking good Ian
    Great start with the frame just as per your plans.
    Very neat and compact.
    Keep the updates comming
    If you find your short a point or the like, Don't forget I have a box full of Peco points all Used but still have plenty if life in them
     
  13. leadie69

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    Update time again!

    Today I managed to get the holes cut in the ends of the backscene to connect with the 'rest of the world' and assemble the track. The absolute longest item of rolling stock can be no longer than 53' - I found this out when SMR Chris and his lovely wife Shelley gave me a 53' gondola for my birthday the other week (it leaves about 1mm clearance when in the loop). I have also found out that if I use some second radius curves and some flex track connected to the front left and right openings, I can have an oval formation in about 8' x 4' to watch the trains go by (maybe a future project.) At the moment, each opening will have a short length of track that canterlever's off the main layout.

    Hope you like the pics and I hope to have more done soon.

    Ian

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  14. Gary

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    Coming along nicely. :thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  15. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    The pictures are great. You've done a good job of the baseboards and backboards.

    Some nice stock there as well. Keep them coming.

    Cheers

    Toto
     
  16. paul_l

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    Good progress there Ian, nows the time to carry out extensive testing - just to make sure :thumbs:

    Paul
     
  17. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Looks the business Ian
    Your making great progress keep the updates coming.
    Re the 53' car it's good that it fits, will it makes the shunting all that more challenging or look impossible when it is doable:headbanger:

    I wasn't even thinking about the length of the car when I got It for your birthday, just liked the livery and thought that would look nice on the layout. If you want a second one too up the chalange, "Barnes Hobbies" has one left in a brown livery.

    Looking forward to doing some shunting soon.
    :thumbs: I'll be the track test dummy if you like :hammer:
     
  18. leadie69

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    Thanks Gary, Toto, Paul and Chris.

    Chris, I always expected you would wind up the 'track test dummy'.:avatar:

    Ian
     
  19. leadie69

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    Hi everyone.

    No pics to share for this post but I got some basic wiring done and ran my first train today! YAY! I modified all the insulfrog points so that every rail is always powered and, so far, I haven't had any issues with shorts on the frogs. I have permanently connected each switch rail to it's corresponding stock rail by removing some of the sleeper web and soldering ordinary stationery staples across the gaps. Once the ballast is down and the track painted, the staples won't be seen as they run along the edge of a sleeper. For testing purposes, I just connected two wires to the end of a siding and the whole layout works fine. I will, of course, install more droppers over the weeks to come, but it is nice to see it all work. Now that I know that track wiring works, I can start on hooking up the point motors.

    Ian
     
  20. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    Always good when you get a locomotive running on the layout. :thumbs:

    The mods you have made to the points will help a lot with conductivity, but have you decided if the switch rails need wiring up to the corresponding stock rail ?? It will improve the electrical flow through the switch blades which in the long run, eliminates another area of failure. ;)

    Cheers, Gary.
     

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