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Re: Round The Bend - Going back to basics

Postby Dave » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:11 pm

The smallest segment will feature some waste ground to the front of the railway and allotments behind it. To that end I want the back to be higher than the railway so I have carried out a little cut and shut exercise:

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I now need to knock up a couple of bridges to tie into the embankment.
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Postby Dave » Thu Dec 29, 2016 7:05 pm

Another year older, but am I any wiser :?:

For most of the year the board lay abandoned in the corner, I did have a couple of attempts at reviving it, but I just couldn't get the track right on one of the joins. Some of my locos and wagons sailed over it, but others derailed every time.

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a circuit of Fleischmann 6020 curves as suggested by Chris (thanks again) at six to a circuit which is well under two feet across (six hundred millimetres for the youngsters) and a couple of Euros each I splashed out.

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Postby Dave » Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:14 pm

Happy New Year!

Now that the festive season has past and life is slowly returning to normal I called in my local independent wood suppliers on the way back from town. For the princely sum of £2.95 I procured a slice of 3mm ply at a very convenient size of 610 x 610mm, that is approximately 2 feet square for the oldies amongst us.

First step is to glue a bead of 9mm square softwood (£1.95) around the outside of the bottom

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Re: Micro Circle

Postby Dave » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:16 pm

Allegedly triangles are constructionally extremely strong, so I have added some diagonal struts (another£1.95):

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Above the base I am adding an edging strip of 25 x 6mm softwood (£2.95):

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Almost got a baseboard, and still have some change from my £10 note :o
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Re: Micro Circle

Postby End2end » Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:49 pm

Hmm looking at yours I might do a little something with mine although only really a running in twin track circle for new engines.
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Will be watching with interest. :)
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Re: Fourways - Micro Circle

Postby Dave » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:10 pm

This will give my shunter fleet to somewhere to stretch their legs rather than the short up and down that they are used to, but essentially it is a bit of fun, and something that will be quick before I tackle a full layout in the shed.

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Re: Fourways - Micro Circle

Postby Dave » Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:55 pm

I am quite pleased with this afternoons progress:

Basic board now complete, and I have put the basic circle out with a couple of wires soldered to a single piece of track and my Class 03 is quite happy:

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The track will be glued down next, I need to be ultra careful, it is a very tight circle and the rail joiners are quite chunky and not very tight. Any slight misalignment and I will get derailments. I will also solder a feed to every bit of track.
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Re: Fourways - Micro Circle

Postby End2end » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:38 pm

Why not pin the track down temporarily and draw round it up against the sleepers so when you lift the track you can see exactly where it went before?
Just an idea :idea:
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Re: Fourways - Micro Circle

Postby Dave » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:45 pm

Hi E2E,

I will probably measure in from the four sides to make sure it is central, then just put some heavyish items on it whilst I draw around it. Paint neat PVA between the lines, track down and replace heavy objects whilst the glue dries.

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Re: Fourways - Micro Circle

Postby Dave » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:52 pm

I got the track glued down without any dramas, I tightened all the rail joiners with a pair of pliers as well. Each piece of track will have its own power supply rather than relying on the joiner though.

A start has been made on the above board carpentry. Ply dividers will split the layout into distinct zones each with a different scene:

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Re: Fourways - Micro Circle

Postby Boïschaut » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:44 am

Nice start. Can't wait to see the next step.

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Re: Fourways - Micro Circle

Postby Dave » Fri Jan 06, 2017 12:22 pm

You and me both, need to go and visit family this weekend so not much opportunity for modelling :roll:

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Re: Fourways - Micro Circle

Postby Dave » Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:27 pm

I did manage to find a bit of time to have a quick solder.

I certainly wouldn't rely on the rail joiners for good long term connectivity so I have bridged the gap with some short wire:

Top:
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Underside:
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Re: Fourways - Micro Circle

Postby Dave » Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:31 pm

Although I haven't actually glued the dividers into place they are fully prepared:

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And just to prove it all works, a little video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75Iq7rmjf0M

So that is the boring bit over, next step some scenics
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Re: Fourways - Micro Circle

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:13 pm

Interesting - The 08 takes the tight turn in it's stride so to say.
I'm curious to see what you dream up for each segment. This offers
4 choices of location, are you going to also change the seasons ?

A true miniature challenge

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