(F) The APA - another IKEA flatpack baseboard

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(F) The APA - another IKEA flatpack baseboard

Postby ian holmes » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:31 pm

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I don't know if this has been posted by anyone. I did a search. But nothing came up and you guys are usually ahead of the curve when it comes to baseboards.

I was perusing IKEA the other day and I discovered the APA storage box.
http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/20078031

At 27.5" x 14" x 11" it seems to be a good size for some kind of small diorama style layout. I have bought one and am playing with it. But don't quite know what to put in there at the moment... :lol:

http://smallmodelrailwaylayouts.blogspo ... 6/apa.html

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Postby Adrian » Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:20 am

G'day Ian

Just had a look at your blog.....that box has possibilities.

If the front face had a large hole cut in it a clear plastic sheet would stop dust and/or sticky fingers contaminating the enclosed model.

If a suitable base material was cut to fit the inside space to fit on the mounting-rails the 1/2 inch space so formed under it could be used to house the wires and any other thing that needs to be hidden under the layout.

As always with my luck it is a fraction too large for dioramas to fit on my standard exhibition base and a lot too small for layouts on the same base :!: :!: :!:

Thanks for sharing though
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Postby KEG » Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:22 pm

I could not resist, getting me one of these IKEA Boxes to play around with.
12.49 Euro in Duesseldorf.



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Reminds me of the "Layout in a Suitcase" concept, documented elsewhere in this forum.

But two or three diorama boxes in a row, plus a fiddle yard, might make a fine exibition piece.

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Postby KEG » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:19 pm

HO-Fleischmann 25cm Radius needs 55 cm space, plus the overhang of rolling stock. Of course, the ties are much too short for Gn15.You need approx. 30 x 60 cm minimum for a U-turn.

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Fleischmann 25 cm radius is not easy to get in the shops and quite expensive (3,60 Euro a piece, you need 6 to form a complete circle) Flextrack is much cheaper.

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Postby ian holmes » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:40 pm

Adrian wrote:G'day Ian

Just had a look at your blog.....that box has possibilities.

If the front face had a large hole cut in it a clear plastic sheet would stop dust and/or sticky fingers contaminating the enclosed model.

If a suitable base material was cut to fit the inside space to fit on the mounting-rails the 1/2 inch space so formed under it could be used to house the wires and any other thing that needs to be hidden under the layout.



The pine framing has grooves routed in it that the side panels slide into. All you'd need to do is replace a side with some plexi-glass and "Bobs your Uncle" as we say

I've already experimented with a piece of 1/2" white polystyrene foam to fit in the base. That brings everything up to the right height. Then I'd likely cover that with 1/4 cork tiles for sound insulation before I laid track down.

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Postby KEG » Fri Jul 01, 2011 8:57 pm

While playing around with two APA boxes on IKEA-Ivar-subframes, I thought a third box might make sense to build a layout which can be stored away in little space.

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Don´t expect me to ever finish this concept. But at least I can use the boxes to store my junk. But I can imagine, other modellers working along the line of these boxes, can easily be incorperated in an never ending layout.

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Postby KEG » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:44 pm

All my modules are 40mm high, plus track (mainly Code 100 on 2mm sleepers).

So by glueing some 2mm blue foam or cardboard into the base, I get the height right. I am not too happy with the extremly tight radius of the U-turn.

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I like the idea of using the lid of the box as well for baseboards.

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Have a look at the Challenge Section of this Forum. They picked up the APA concept as well.

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Postby KEG » Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:45 pm

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Not much space for a siding in a single APA Box

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Postby KEG » Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:00 pm

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