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« Reply #435 on: November 01, 2019, 10:43:04 PM »
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We decided to take a trip north and visit our friends in Minnesota for the weekend.

Quite proud of this little mess we made. 


https://i.imgur.com/rpjjo07.jpg


We got about 80% set up and operational before they kicked everyone out.  Just need to align the last leg on the left.  This is going to be an awesome set up!


https://i.imgur.com/vjRrg9n.jpg
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« Reply #436 on: December 27, 2019, 05:00:26 PM »
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https://i.imgur.com/vjRrg9n.jpg

Here's a few pics from this set up back in November.  Not sure why the resolution is so low on these, but oh well.

Speedometer car clocked a layout round trip at 17.7 scale miles.


https://i.imgur.com/0i3bI8A.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/VyEYfqV.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/jFQjmaH.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/U8T4Ok4.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/wjZ4Hrq.jpg



After that, it's been a quite end to 2019, but things are about to get really exciting with 10 new modules to kickoff the New Year!


https://i.imgur.com/9JCC3Fg.jpg

These will mostly be curves to add length and options 'in between' the destination modules.  Starting with four 60 degree curves; two at 50 inch radius and two at 41in radius. Then, four 30 degree curves, two at 106 inch radius and two at 77 inch. Yes, there is a specific reason for these odd radii, but we'll cover that later. :)

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« Reply #437 on: December 31, 2019, 10:00:17 AM »
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Looks like my math checks out!  Can't wait to see trains on this gentle curve!


https://i.imgur.com/TBh5wSR.jpg
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« Reply #438 on: December 31, 2019, 10:41:00 AM »
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Looks like my math checks out!  Can't wait to see trains on this gentle curve!


https://i.imgur.com/TBh5wSR.jpg

Very nice!  Could you please share some details - materials, dimensions, assembly, etc.?

That's going to look fantastic with a long train gliding around that curve  8)

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« Reply #439 on: January 03, 2020, 12:28:08 PM »
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Thanks Ed. 

I'm using my preferred technique with 5mm fascia, select pine cross members, and Birch ply endplates. Not pictured yet are the hanger ties that will mount diagonally to the cross members and keep the curve shape rigid. 

Assembly is very easy.  Start with the long edge and screw the endplates and cross members into place.  When you add the short fascia, start in the middle and work out.  The curve will form naturally.
If you look closely, you'll see that I pre-drilled all holes in both fascia and cross members. 


https://i.imgur.com/wdtio5M.jpg

It took about 3 days of calculating, measuring, marking, cutting, and drilling.  Once everything was fully prepped, it only took about 15 minutes to assemble each module. 



https://i.imgur.com/8uSkqBt.jpg


https://i.imgur.com/OGg14TY.jpg


Last note, earlier I mentioned there was a specific reason for making curves with 106", 77", 50", and 41" radius center lines.   Why?  Fascia ply comes in 4x8 sheet, ripped down to 6"x8' strips.  When you pair the fascia lengths on these specific curves and factor in your blade kerf, here is your waste: 1.6mm


https://i.imgur.com/c8mYTDR.jpg

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« Reply #440 on: January 03, 2020, 12:36:21 PM »
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