A Micro Circle

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A Micro Circle

Postby Dave » Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:14 pm

Every now and then something happens

It has been a long time since I have had a layout, but when I saw a lonely piece of ply in the offcuts section of the timber merchants, I thought, "I could stick a little railway on that", I just couldn't help myself, it looked so sad, so I brought it home.

That was a couple of weeks ago, since then it has been just as sad and lonely in the garage, but suddenly, today I felt the urge

At two feet square in old money, it wont take the East Coast Mainline, but I hope to get a section of a little branch line on it

A scrap piece of ply was used as a simple compass and a 10' radius circle was drawn which I will use as a guide for the inside of the sleepers

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby End2end » Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:23 pm

Eh? Plywood what? East coast when? 10 radius who?
Oh sorry I was distracted by Mrs Santa in the corner :oops: :lol:

I'll never look at lonely pine in the same way again. :lol:
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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Emettman » Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:51 pm

Dave,
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fleischmann-6020-Binario-curvo-serie-modello-raggio-265mm-plastico-ferroviario-/311289577071?hash=item487a4dfe6f:g:iLEAAOSw8d9U2eVN

Six of these, for a circle, including postage, £19.30.
250mm radius (to midline of track) 538mm diameter to outside edge of sleepers.

This is the "throwing money at it but saving hassle" option.

With a hunt in German and Dutch online stores that can be appreciably cheaper but batches of them appear and disappear quite quickly.

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Emettman » Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:58 pm

Found 6020's at a euro a piece, and they do paypal
http://marnan.eu/fleischmann-6020-1ste-keus

£4.50 for the circle, plus postage.

I have a generous stash already or I'd grab another circle of these!

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Dave » Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:36 pm

Cheers for the info Chris, I must admit I have struggled a bit trying to get some flexi in place this evening. I will have another go with a clear head tomorrow.

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Emettman » Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:46 pm

Dave wrote:Cheers for the info Chris, I must admit I have struggled a bit trying to get some flexi in place this evening. I will have another go with a clear head tomorrow.


Take the rails out of the web and gently curve them (thumbs on the inside, fingers outside) until the rails have something much nearer the curves you want. The rail chairs will be far less stressed and the sleepers less inclined to move when making the final adjustment with the rails back in their sleepers.
The last 2-3 inches of the rail length can't be properly bent this way and has to be trimmed off.

Or give in!

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Dave » Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:55 pm

Emettman wrote:Or give in!

I will get there one way or another :wink:

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:11 pm

I've spent much of my life going around in circles ......
This one though should be fun !!

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Dave » Mon Dec 21, 2015 10:26 pm

Thanks Geoff. It is a fraction of the size of your St Oval, but if it ends up half as good I will be happy.

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Dave » Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:26 pm

Where there is a will there is a way:

I plan to have three different scenes, each a 120 degree segment. In order to get the flexitrack down it needs anchoring somewhere, the obvious place is at the scenic gap between segments. Down in the depths of the toolbox I found some old small brass screws, these are ideal to screw into the base and then solder the track to them. Also to make the track easier to work with, I split the web underneath so that the sleepers are in pairs, this makes it easier to flex and also to slide the sleepers up and down the rail.

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Dad-1 » Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:46 pm

Oh great !!
Dave, a simple roundy with different scenes was something I've wanted to try for ages.
My original idea was for 3/4 identical scenes, but different seasons. A modelling challenge
to be creative ..... the mono season layout becomes something of a bore after the 1000th
one you've seen !!

Different, a great idea whatever style you follow.

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Dave » Tue Dec 22, 2015 4:00 pm

Thanks Geoff,

The circuit is complete, it took a bit of sweat and almost a tear or two in the process.

It was obviously never intended for big engines, but I have a few small ones, the four wheelers slide around without a care in the world, and my Class 08s just about handle it.

Now that it has been tested I can ease the sleepers around a bit to sort the unsightly gaps, I may have to insert the odd one under the rails.

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Dave » Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:58 pm

I thought that while I had a bit of spare time I would cut the centre dividers out of a strip of ply kicking about in the garage, it is recycled so has a couple of flaws but that is no problem.

With using a diagonal as one of the separation lines I end up with one short segment and two longer ones. It is not fixed yet, I wanted to see what will be required for the three front facias:

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby PinkNosedPenguin » Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:44 pm

Hi, this looks like an interesting small project - your circle is extremely, well, circular for flexi-track - excellent job 8). And I like the idea of 3 separate scenes - what do you have in mind for these?

Can I just check if this 10" radius is in OO gauge, right? 10 inches is a fairly common tight curve in (my native) N gauge, but must be extremely tight in OO - hence your comments re 0-4-0's and 4-wheel wagons I guess?

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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Dave » Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:28 pm

Hi PNP,

You are correct, it is 00, and yes it is very tight. I know that the Narrow Gauge fraternity go down to about 6" radius for some of their tiny 0-16.5 layouts, so I knew that my Class 06s would handle this with short wheelbase wagons. The fact that my 6 wheel shunters work is a bonus. The idea is just to build something easy, simple and relatively quickly and above all have a bit of fun along the way.

I am not fully committed as to exactly what will go in the three segments, but I do want them to be completely different.


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