Estate Elongate

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Estate Elongate

Postby Bilco » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:04 pm

Right - the New Phase of Berger Hall - Elongation ....

The plan is to have the railway running through a bit of estate scenery, with the Stable Yard scene as one end of an out-and-back layout ...

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Building the new baseboards, using the tried and tested hardboard base with layers of 50mm insulating foam sheets topped with 5mm black foam board. From the left - the hardboard base with half inch wooden boards at the ends; the board with two layers of insulation foam sheets; the existing bit ...

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The 'male' end board, with the joining dowels inboard of the two rare earth magnets ...

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The 'female' end board with the two brass sockets for the joining dowels, inboard of two 25mm steel washers for the magnets to stick onto ...

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The completed boards joined to the Stable Yard board. The left-hand board has the 3mm hardboard backscene bent by my usual method - soak the hardboard with water at the point of bending, clamp it round a suitable former (in this case a 2 litre paint tin), and wait for the water to dry thoroughly. There will be an exit hole at the left end where the track joins the fiddle yard. This is the yet to be constructed Rotaverser Mk II. The Mk I is dismantled and in bits in the back of the garage ...

Hours of fun ...
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby AndyB » Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:50 pm

that looks very good... I like the idea of using the magnets to hold the boards together!
Like it! :D
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby chris69 » Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:43 pm

Great Idea!
That may give me the chance to expand my planned layout. I am restricted by the room available on the shelf. But I have enough room in separate areas, so on occasion the 2 could be married....
thanks, for this idea!
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby Bilco » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:12 pm

Right - the two new boards have the backscenes sky-painted, and track laid ...

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The rather ugly jiggle in the inner track of the loop arises because:-

a) I want to use the track bits I have in stock

b) I want the tracks to cross the baseboard join at right-angles

c) Rule One applies ...

I have also constructed Rotaverser Mk II ...

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I have made the top rectangular so that the tracks on it will be straight - there'll be 4 of them, when I get round to laying them ...

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An edge-on view of Rotaverser Mk II shows that there are 4 layers this time. The base has the drawer runners running from front to rear, as with the Mk I - the lead-screw has been recycled: the next layer has a large-radius pivot: the next layer has drawer runners running left-right, with the top layer on ... er ... top. The second set of runners is so that the top can be moved away from the baseboard to allow it to rotate. More magnets will be employed to keep the top layer in contact with the baseboard - to be fitted.

Rotaverser MkI is now a few bits at the back of the garage - I recycled the track on the left-hand baseboard.

What reverse curves?
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby Bilco » Fri Oct 04, 2019 4:31 pm

Isn't it funny how you see things in a photo of your model that you completely miss when looking at the real thing?

After my post yesterday I looked at the photos along the baseboards, and at the 'ugly jiggle'. Suddenly, the thought struck that, if I reversed the length of track between the Y point and the baseboard join, the jiggle would go away ...

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... so I did, and it did ...

Now all I need to do is ballast, paint the track, start the land-forming ...

Hours of fun ...
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby chris stockdale » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:17 pm

Hi Bill,

Things are already looking interesting...

Unless I’ve missed it, I don’t think you’ve said what size these new and old chunks are, do say please.

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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby Bilco » Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:09 pm

Hi Stockers,

The original board is 24" x 18", the two new ones are 24" x 14", and the Rotaverser Mk II is 14" x 18" ...

So, the overall length is 7' 6" ...
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby chris stockdale » Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:16 pm

Thanks Bill, that really helps to visualise it that much better. Onward!

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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby Gnu Bee » Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:17 pm

I notice you are using foam board as a base - how do you fix the flexible track so it doesn't creep back to straight while the glue goes off.
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Re: Estate Elongate

Postby Bilco » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:22 am

Hi Geoff,

Basically, the rails are pre-bent so that there is no tendency to straighten. I use Woodland Scenics glue to stick the track down, and put weights on it until the glue is set. It seems to stay down well, although it can be unstuck easily by sliding a thin blade under the sleepers!
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