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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #60 on: May 24, 2019, 01:22:26 PM »
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Do you think the Vinyl is superior to the aluminum?

Absolutely. It's far easier to work with and I haven't been afraid of slicing my hand off with it.

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #61 on: May 24, 2019, 02:56:24 PM »
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How paintable is vinyl flashing?  the HomeDepot Duraflash roll might be just the thing for the front fascia on my layout (I was going to use Masonite(tm) but not looking forward to cutting it...), but I don't want it to be white.  Dark grey would be better....
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I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #62 on: May 25, 2019, 08:20:36 PM »
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There's a matte side. I think it takes paint just fine.

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #63 on: May 31, 2019, 10:01:54 AM »
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The track crew has been very busy this week.  Track has been laid through both turnback loops, aided by my 3d printed track staples.  Since the Atlas track has a lot of spring in its flex and I was struggling to get a good result with T-Pins alone, i designed these staples to help lock the track down while I apply the glue and weights.  Between the staples and overlapping the joints between segments I couldn't be happier with the results.  I have put my longest rolling stock through the helix and so far everything seems reliable.

I am hoping to connect the loops up with a shoefly later today and run some trains!  I'll come back and put in the second staging track and permanently link up the loops after I modify the two turnouts it needs with the solid point rails and pcb throwbar.  I need the switch machine to be centered under these two turnouts due to space considerations.

I've put the staples up on thingiverse if anyone wants to print their own: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3664708

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #64 on: May 31, 2019, 10:27:08 AM »
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But it looks like you forgot to use curved rail joiners on your curved sections.







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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #65 on: May 31, 2019, 10:30:01 AM »
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But it looks like you forgot to use curved rail joiners on your curved sections.

My LHS was out of stock!

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #66 on: June 04, 2019, 12:53:30 AM »
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After a 20 year break from model railroading I decided to build a small N scale switching layout on a shelf.  I really enjoy logic puzzles and so the englenook or timesaver really appealed to me.  I liked how small they could be, and that it would offer a lot of switching puzzle for its space and cost.

The small Layouts page on Andrews trains gave me a lot of inspiration (https://huntervalleylines.wordpress.com/layout-designs/small-layouts/) as well as the work of Lance Mindheim (http://lancemindheim.com/).

Freedj;
Thanks for the mention. Greatly appreciated that you found some inspiration at Andrew's Trains. I'm looking forward to watching the layout come together for you.

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Re: N scale Boardman River Branch switching shelf
« Reply #67 on: June 25, 2019, 07:41:57 AM »
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Absolutely. It's far easier to work with and I haven't been afraid of slicing my hand off with it.

Work on the backdrop continues.  I picked up a roll of 18" x 50' white vinyl flashing per Eds suggestion and when it arrived it was two rolls!  It looks like it will provide that really nice continuous surface I am after, but it is very thin, measuring out at 0.035".  It was just too thin to feel confident that I could get  smooth result over my standards. 

I built a cove for the corner and have started covering the cove and standards with 1/8 masonite.  In order to get the 1/8 masonite around my 5r cove I had to kerf the back of the masonite every 1/4" and get it wet when installing it.  It did give me a very good result though!  I've glued the masonite up and anchored it with screws for the time being.  I may remove the screws before using some contact cement on the vinyl flashing to get that continuous backdrop.  I feel like rolling the vinyl out over the joints will be far stronger and more crack resistant than drywall tape and mud.  I am not looking forward to wrestling with a 14' piece of vinyl covered in contact cement though.

 I also installed shelf brackets at the top of the standards to hold my lighting shelf.  The masonite runs up behind where the shelf will be except where the shelf has to run over the backdrop at the cove.