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Cubic Foot Factory Railway

Postby Robert » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:07 pm

After a long pause from micro layout building, I decided to take Carl Arendt's squarefoot estate railway to the third dimension: a micro layout in Gn15 which uses just one cubic foot of space. With a fiddle yard. And continuous operation. And a loading dock. And a pony.

Ok, forget the pony.

Of course, one cubic foot is not enough for a full circle, so I needed to use a few tricks to get more space. When not operating, the layout has the form of a cube:

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Postby scott b » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:10 pm

Will this be the first Borg themed Gn15 layout :twisted:
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Switching to operating mode...

Postby Robert » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:15 pm

To operate the layout, both parts that form the cube are pulled apart, one part is turned by 180 degrees (it is upside down when packed), then both parts are connected together again:

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Then, the lids that form the fiddle yard are opened. Thus, the layout has almost four times the size when operating:

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Coming soon: filling the cube with the inside view of a factory...

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Postby altterrain » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:22 pm

scott b wrote:Will this be the first Borg themed Gn15 layout :twisted:


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Postby mad gerald » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:22 pm

Servus Robert,

I find your report regarding your cube solution very interesting ... :!:

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Postby michael » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:36 pm

Hi Robert, very interesting and beautifully executed, i look forward to the rest of the work.

PS you didnt have anything to do with the Rubrics Cube did you? like give him the idea :wink:
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Postby Cross Kitter » Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:38 pm

Makes the diagonaly folding layout I built for a friend seem rather tame :shock:

Love the woodwork I assume you have a full set of Proxxon tools?

I thought before you showed us the last set of pictures it might be something based on M C Escher :lol:
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Postby scott b » Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:21 pm

What type of railway is it going to be and if anyone answers a small one they are going to get such a pinch, oh yes and I wanna pony!
Seriously, nice woodworking there Robert
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Postby Geeky Gecko » Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:36 pm

Robert,
brilliant idea, design and construction. Looking forward to seeing more.
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Postby Bilco » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:31 pm

A lovely piece of design, beautifully realized. Can't wait to see the railway inside the box :D
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Postby foswaldy13 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 3:51 pm

If the railway turns out half as nice as the woodwork, this is going to be a beauty. Good work!
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Postby Robert » Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:18 pm

After a long time where I was busy doing target archery training and tournaments, I made a little bit progress. The box is now painted, and the first mock-up of the interior is complete:

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:41 pm

Pretty cool.
Bet that thinking in 3D to get it all packed up is a sort of M.C. Escher-esque mental exercise.
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Postby Matthi205 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:22 pm

I never thought you could pack so much track AND a loop in 1 sq.ft. ... :lol:

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Re: Cubic Foot Factory Railway

Postby mad gerald » Mon Nov 01, 2010 12:59 pm

Servus Robert,

Robert wrote:After a long time ... I made a little bit progress. The box is now painted, and the first mock-up of the interior is complete:


... nice that you are back, I could hardly wait for a progress on your cube ... :oops:

Pretty cool! 8)

I am very curious about turning one half around 180 degrees - how does it work? Is there a connection between both halfs of the cube - or does one simply (sorry for using the term "simply" in correlation to your brilliant idea/work) pull apart both parts of the cube, turn one half around and put it together again?

And how do you move your loco(s)? Remote controlled?

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Postby John New » Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:43 am

Fold down fiddle yard flap - brilliant idea I haven't seen before and may use in future.
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Postby bilson17 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:45 pm

i'm sorry to be negative, but work of this wonderful standard just shouldnt be allowed! puts everyone else to shame

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Re: Cubic Foot Factory Railway

Postby Robert » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:15 pm

I am very curious about turning one half around 180 degrees - how does it work? Is there a connection between both halfs of the cube - or does one simply (sorry for using the term "simply" in correlation to your brilliant idea/work) pull apart both parts of the cube, turn one half around and put it together again?


There is no connection, the halves just slide into each other (the flap for the fiddle yard slides into the front opening of the other half) with help of additional guard rails. I also plan to add plugs to each half which are used for electrical and mechanical connections.

And how do you move your loco(s)? Remote controlled?


Currently I use a mixture of analog and DCC. However, at the moment, all locos are just the bogies of disassembled HO locomotives with cardboard mock-ups as chassis, so there will be a lot of work during winter ;-)

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Fri Nov 05, 2010 8:18 pm

Matthi205 wrote:And when it doesn't exist the Gnatterbox finds a way to do it. :D


Well if this place has a reputation, that would certainly be a prime candidate for being it :!:
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Postby gnichols » Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:50 pm

Neat... I can't wait to see how this turns out. Gary

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Postby Robert » Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:03 pm

Today, I made the electrical and mechnanical connection between the modules. On one part, there are only the 2 pins; on the other part, there are 2 plug sockets behind the front screen and 2 plug sockets at the back of the layout (the latter ones are used to hold the layout together when not operating).

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