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On 4/17/2018 at 11:22 AM, Philphil said:

Brand new Hibiya Line platform texture! 

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Nice platforms.  Looks like it's just been waxed. :)

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On 5/2/2018 at 4:37 PM, cteno4 said:

Phil,

 

could get some like 12-20x2mm disc magnets on ebay and just epoxy them to the foam every 10-12”. Then pop a magnet on each magnet and a dab of epoxy to epoxy the plex strip to the magnets. You can probably hold it in place with screw holes in between the magnet placements and use a drywall screw (big nasty threads) to hold things in place till it sets. Easy to pop on and off. Don’t need thick plex at all, the thinnest you cannget or even just heavy acetate sheet.

 

Can also just epoxy on a fascia board onto the foam with a simple groove cut in the top to slot the plex into (may have to put a thin strip of styrene along the bottom of the plex to make it sit firmly into the slot.)

 

jeff

 

On 5/2/2018 at 5:18 PM, gavino200 said:

On a previous layout I glued plexiglass to the side of the foamboard. Liquid nails or something like that. The plexi was the height of the foam plus one inch. Giving a plexi fence of one inch. My foam was 2 inch thick but it was so secure, I'd bet it would work with one inch.

 

I painted the surface of the plexi where it was glued to the foam, leaving the fence part clear. I used masking tape to get a nice clean line. It actually looked ok, and worked great. No more crashes. No more tears.

 

I'll see if I can find a picture.

Those are both very good suggestions, though the use of magnets does sound interesting, it may be the harder of the two. Once day I hope to add an actual fascia onto the shelving and tables to make it look more like an "actual" layout. Though that's going to have to wait until the layout is more finalized, which could be awhile. Once I get to that step, I'll have to try both ways, for fun! 

(To be completely honest, I probably should do it now, and also remove the two floating curves that go off of the edge of the layout, because the only thing that'll happen is another (yes, another, haha) train will fly off of the table, and this time, it's probably going to be a bit more expensive than just a Kato E655!)

 

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Quick update: I've always wanted a big yard somewhere on the layout, but with the high cost of switches, I've always held off. SO, I'm slowly trying to design a plan for the Tobu Tojo Line's Shinrin-koen Depot, but shrunk down a bit and straightened out. The main lines are still Kato, while the storage tracks, switches, (and everything else besides the double crossovers, WHICH ARE LIKE $120 EACH 😯 ) will be PECO track laid down on HO Scale cork roadbed, to raise it up to about the height of the Kato Unitrack. The double crossovers used in the yard will be Kato, again, due to price. The design shown is not complete, and is still just a concept, missing all of the main yard tracks.

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  • Part of the reason(s) I decided to go with PECO track, rather than Unitrack for the yard was the lack of switches/other parts, and because of how large the spacing in between storage track would have to be if Kato track was used. Tracks in the actual yard are really packed in there, so my spacing should be about 1 track per inch, give or take depending on how many tracks I can get under each catenary pole.
  • (Hoping to get at least 22 storage tracks within 2' 10" of space, not including the main line behind the yard, or the Chichibu main in front of it.)
  • Yard catenary will be mostly made up of Tomix 3007 variable-width catenary poles.
  • Also, yes, in the track plan, the straight track at the bottom of the AnyRail plan represents the Chichibu Railway main line, which will host occasional passenger traffic, along with freight traffic, and hopefully Tobu equipment moves with Chichibu electric locomotives leading.SR1.thumb.png.c4b6d0ac14b31f0abc1bf31ce90f43dd.png

Though the biggest challenge for this all might just be modeling the nearly full-sized maintenance building at Shinrinkoen (which can be partly seen in the top-right corner of the Google Earth image.

It has five separate tracks, each able to hold a full 10-car train, the model will (hopefully) have that same ability. This will be quite the scratchbuilding project, and I'm not quite sure where to start, so I'll get back to that later. 

If anyone has any good articles or tips for building large structures, they would be greatly appreciated!

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Why not go with Tomix non powered switches for the yard? Much easier than using peco.

 

Some greenmax and tomix buildings are usable next to each other, so could be combined to form large sheds.

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Where are you buying these gold plated crossovers from? I've never seen Kato or Tomix that high priced before.

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5 hours ago, katoftw said:

Where are you buying these gold plated crossovers from? I've never seen Kato or Tomix that high priced before.

I was just nosing around on eBay, and the Peco SL-E383F double crossovers range from $99 to $167, each. Those things might as well be gold-plated for that price! I'd be willing to bet I could find a cheaper price for them elsewhere, but I haven't looked yet. The Kato double crossovers are only around $35, so at the moment, they're the obvious choice, though I haven't checked on the Tomix track prices yet.

 

8 hours ago, kvp said:

Why not go with Tomix non powered switches for the yard? Much easier than using peco.

 

Some greenmax and tomix buildings are usable next to each other, so could be combined to form large sheds.

Huh, that's a very good point... I didn't realize that Tomix had non-powered switches, but that might be the economical solution if the Peco track turns out to be more expensive. 

I'll have to do some investigations into this!

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UK based Hatton's has the SL-E383F for GBP63,- This is usually the lowest price you can find. Of course you need to add postage.

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28 minutes ago, ianlaw said:

UK based Hatton's has the SL-E383F for GBP63,- This is usually the lowest price you can find. Of course you need to add postage.

 

But knock off VAT for orders outside of the EU.

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