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#321 cteno4

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 11:17 AM

Very cute btrain layout!

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#322 enodenlover

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 05:32 PM

Earlier today I varnished the wood frame of the 24x36 cork bulletin board that I'm using for my second layout ( the first was completed a couple of weeks ago ). This new one is going to represent the southern terminus of the fictional Tsuburaya Electric Railway aka "Tsubuden" that's on layout #1. The terminal is roughly five miles south of the tiny village that I modeled before and the new layout is set in 1968, eleven years after the previous one's setting and a few years before the Tsubuden's  abandonment. The little line never was very profitable but the improved highways and expanded bus service of the '60s  led to the railway's end in 1973. I'm going to be working on structures for the time being while waiting for my Tomix track to arrive.

 

R.I.P. Tsubuden : 1905 -1973 :sad1:

 

 

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#323 Kiha66

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 09:51 PM

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I've had to take a semester off from school and move back home to Los Angles.  This meant dismantling my layout, but hopefully this just means that I can build it better next time!  A Sayonara (for now) Special was run using some older oha 35 coaches and a 9600 class SL, before the a kiha 40 series made the last run.  In the mean time I may try to build some modules for practice, probably out of foam core like tony is doing, much easier than wood!  

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#324 cteno4

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 07:46 AM

Kiha,

Sorry to hear of the move and break from school, but things will get back on track (pun unintended). That's the beauty of unitrak, very easy to dismantle in these situations and setup on the fly when there is no space for a permanent space for a layout.

Foamcore is great material, it's only issues are moisture/humidity and getting dinged up. Humidity changes can be dealt with on substructures by just using a lot of internal cross bracing. Moisture from scenery materials being applied can be helped if you spray clear lacquer over the paper area that the material will go on. You have to be careful not to hit the foam with it as most organic solvent paints can eat at the stryene core foam, so always test first. Just do a few light coats on the paper letting it dry well between coats.

A long time back I use to build a lot of temp models of exhibits and a bunch 1/4 scale models out of foamcore that held up amazing well when very large and carried around a lot. I was amazed they held up so well from all the abuse!

Think sectional as you could break a small layout up along good break points in the layout track plan to get smaller, lighter sections for storage or transport. You can skin the front edges with wood veneer (2" wide veneer is pretty cheap). This way you could keep working on the layout in small chunks.

Cheers

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#325 cteno4

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 07:53 AM

Forgot to mention if you want the ultimate building material for light look at ultraboard (brand name, other versions ask for stryene faced forms core, different thicknesses of board and skins available). It's foamcore with a styrene sheet skin instead paper. It's super tough stuff in dings and moisture proof. The thin skinned 3/16" stuff can be cut with a matte knife but works best on a table saw and cuts very cleanly with a fine ply blade.

Makes amazingly light and tough structures that stay flat with minimal substructure. It's used for signs and stand up retail displays a lot. We use to make anything that had to go above 6' in exhibits so minimal support weight and it it fell it would never crush anyone! You can get it at most plastic suppliers and sometimes from sign shops.

Cheers

Jeff

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#326 locidm

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 08:56 AM

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I've had to take a semester off from school and move back home to Los Angles.  This meant dismantling my layout, but hopefully this just means that I can build it better next time!  A Sayonara (for now) Special was run using some older oha 35 coaches and a 9600 class SL, before the a kiha 40 series made the last run.  In the mean time I may try to build some modules for practice, probably out of foam core like tony is doing, much easier than wood!  

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Sorry to hear that. Hope things turn out better real quick and you'll be able to get back into it! 



#327 Drunkenclam

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Posted Yesterday, 11:28 AM

Spent a couple of hours deciphering point cables. Cutting, joining and soldering and clipping up out of the way.

#328 Kabutoni

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Posted Yesterday, 12:47 PM

Too bad about having to move and school. I've been in the same position once, so I can relate a bit. Good luck with it all!

Also, I'm not really using foam core board, but just plates without any special finish (just quite dense stuff). No paper, as the humidity levels in Japan are insanely high in summer.


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#329 enodenlover

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Posted Yesterday, 07:15 PM

I spent the afternoon turning four of Kato's double track ramen catenary bridges into two of the 'stacked" type that Velotrain posted about last month. They're going to straddle a short stretch of single track on my new layout so I removed one of the insulators on the lower horizontal beam as well as both on the upper beam, then I added to each bridge's upper level four large insulators that I had left over from Tomytec's electric transmission towers. Some silver spray paint along with hand-painting all the insulators white and I now have a pair of not-too-accurate but acceptable ( at least to me ) bi-level catenary bridges.

 

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#330 velotrain

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Posted Yesterday, 07:27 PM

Jeff - how does ultraboard compare to gatorboard?

Advantages/disadvantages of each?

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#331 cteno4

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Posted Yesterday, 09:31 PM

Gatorboard is faced with a plasticized wood pulp (i.e. Paper) and ultraboard is faced with stryene sheet (015 or better). Ultraboard is much more resistant to dings and is more rigid. Ultraboard also seems to have a denser and harder forum core than gatorboard in my experience. This is why ultraboard is used a lot in signmaking and pos sales displays as its durable and very waterproof.

Their cost is around the same and I've always been able to find some form of ultraboard at local plastic shops (and some sign makers) whereas gatorboard is not locally sourced around here (at one time one art chain locally had it but their prices are generally 2x for most things unfortunately).

Ultraboard pretty much has to be cut with a table saw or router, it's very hard to cut with a knife. A fine ply or plastics blade cuts it nicely. You could use a small circular saw with guides. Gatorboard can be cut with a matteknife, but it's work.

I love ultraboard as it really makes solid structures and glues well. I was introduced to ultraboard long before I ever saw gatorboard. We had a signmaker in one of our exhibit teams and he got us using it to make structural elements that needed to go high or get moved easily. If I need something stiffer and tougher than foamcore then better to just go to the best material in my opinion.

It would be the ultimate to make strong and ultralight Ttrak modules. Face with a strip of nice wood veneer to make pretty!

Cheers

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#332 nscalestation

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Posted Yesterday, 09:49 PM

Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I've had to take a semester off from school and move back home to Los Angles.  This meant dismantling my layout, but hopefully this just means that I can build it better next time!  A Sayonara (for now) Special was run using some older oha 35 coaches and a 9600 class SL, before the a kiha 40 series made the last run.  In the mean time I may try to build some modules for practice, probably out of foam core like tony is doing, much easier than wood! 

 

Sam sorry to hear you are leaving the bay area.  Please do stay in touch and hopefully you be able to return and continue your program soon.


Edited by nscalestation, Yesterday, 09:50 PM.

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#333 nscalestation

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Posted Yesterday, 10:24 PM

Been continuing work on the subway station construction site scene.  Had a vacant area across the street from the station site so decided to make that a support area for the construction site.  Place to store materials, equipment, etc.

 

 

Construction site support area
 
Started out with a .040 thick sheet of styrene cut to fit the area.
 
 
Construction site support area
 
Added sidewalk at one end and .040 x .040 styrene strip along the remaining edges where fencing would be installed.  Painted everything except the sidewalk black and then sprinkled dark N scale ballast into diluted white glue that had been spread over the surface.
 
 
Construction site support area
 
Next added the Casco construction fencing.  2 holes were drilled through the styrene and module deck and 4-40 screws were installed to hold this scene in place.
 
 
Construction  site support area

 

Various detail items can be arranged to cover the screw heads.

 

Only about 10 days before our 1 week long exhibition.  Within a couple days I am going to have to break off the work on the scenery and pack up the modules so I can get all the other stuff ready that it takes to run a layout.

 


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