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 Posted: Fri Feb 25th, 2022 08:37 pm
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Track building

While I wait for my few remaining turnout kits from British Finescale, due hopefully next month, I've turned my attention to the 10 kits I already have. Almost all require some degree of curving to fit in their location: beyond the traverser zone there's barely a straight bit of track on U-H thanks to the delightful curving of the local valley and river setting.

This whole aspect of modelling is new territory for me so I'm going to document my first steps for anyone who might want to follow later. The plan is to give an overview of progress in the Upper Hembury Project topic with the nuts and bolts being covered on my workbench, where they will play out.


This shows the bottom LH corner which includes the main line continuation beyond the platform and the two turnouts for the Run around loop.





Piece-1 L #01 TL001 is the main track turnout, shown highlighted here.


It is a B7 Left hand turnout, the main line centre-line radius of which is -2148mm which is the curve I need to set up when assembling this kit. All the nuts and bolt details will follow shortly over on my workbench

I will then move on to the second turnout which completes the start of the run-around.





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 Posted: Thu Mar 17th, 2022 07:30 am
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Progress Report

Aside from the building of seven turnout kits as reported over on Colin's Workbench, precious little positive has happened recently on the broader layout build. Things have sat dormant since Christmas then some visitors came by (from WA) so Westown-Heathfield was bought back into action.

Breaking news this week from British Finescale caused a minor rethink and reschedule, neither of which fell into in the +ve news zone. I found out that the reported single slip was delayed into April and worse, was now going to be in B7 geometry. This latter caused a minor rework of my plans built around a B6, fortunately the time invested in learning basic Templot meant I handled this task easily.

Today W-H was shunted off to its holding spot and work recommenced. The new plans were printed off, at least the spur to the Tannery and the Traverser approach. Then a couple of bits of track were put on to give a better feel.



I've decided that I'll do nothing much more until I have all the remaining kits safely here. After all "there's many a slip (presumably a single!) 'twixt........"

PS the exit from the slip onto the Tannery line has the tightest radius plain track in all my plans. ~ 900mm, as the track follows the curving line of the river (to the left, off scene)



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Hi Colin

I am very envious of your immaculate work space after the squalor I am engulfed in with my retrofit extension :roll:

The smooth curves of the sidings look great- so elegant. I cant wait to see the actual track laid.

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Progress Report - Some Back Scene Boards

It's hard to believe almost three months have passed since my last post, other matters of all sorts and various delays both contributing.

The week past, a sudden burst of focus resulted in a trip to Bunnings and purchase of some 915mm * 1830mm sheets of 3mm MDF. Although a tight squeeze into the car I managed to get them home undamaged. Getting the larger imperial sized panels (how quaint) allowed me to cut 428 * 915mm from one end, leaving 1400 * 915 mm panels which were then ripped down the middle to give pieces of 1400 * 456 mm.

By some minor miracle, as I had not planned it, this gave me precisely the required lengths for the sides of the "L" (3 *1400 + 1* 1400) and give a net back scene height of 407 mm since they will sit on the L-frame top. The end off-cuts were also similarly blessed with being the correct dimensions for the panels in front and side of the traverser.

This photo shows the first of the three side panels in situ for testing.

  

Top panels are in various stages of disarray as I prepare for power bus and turnout control lead access holes and some minor repositioning of the bearers as the plans have shifted somewhat since the Nov build.



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More on the Back-scene Boards

A very productive winter's day here with rare fine weather when I could do some painting outdoors as well as progressing the mounting attachments.

Three of the back-scene sheets attach to a brick feature wall with nicely rebated mortar channels. Taking advantage of these I made "U" shaped inserts from thin steel sheet as mounting points / field intensifiers. These were glued into the channels and then Neo magnets glued onto the outward faces (bottom of the "U").

The boards had thin strips of steel strip glued in position to fix to their corresponding magnet and the combination works very well, neatly holding the back-scene board flush and tight against the brickwork.

Boards were painted with some left over from an earlier project. This shade proved ideal for my purposes as the base.



This will work well for me because UH will not be in a sunny summer idyllic setting but a drab ordinary day in late autumn or early winter. It rains a lot here with the Blackdown Hills directly behind and surrounding the village and I'll aim to capture that mood.



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Making wall mounted magnets

I've had an inquiry for some more details about these magnetic mounts so here goes.

Recent purchases from the usual on-line sources of neo super magnets have been of hopeless quality when compared to my existing stock. So I went back to an old source of which I have a substantial reserve, old Hard Disk Drives! Pulling the large older style drives apart offers up two very powerful neo magnets and other useful bits and bobs.



If you have commercial block neos 20 * 10 * 2mm of good quality on hand these will be equally good but in my case I used a fragment of one HDD magnet as shown below.



These magnets are easily snapped (safety glasses essential, see my safety footnote below#) into usefully sized pieces. This one is shown mounted on its "U" shaped strip. The bottom of the "U" acting as a field intensifier (much as in the under track Kadee uncoupler)

In addition to finding magnets of useful size and excellent strength to hold back-boards flush, there were other upsides.



Stylish reflective silver magnetic disks from the drive assembly will grace your table as coasters while ensuring your old e-data does not fall into the wrong hands! (here they catch the pale brown of the Mountain Ash panels of our Family room cupboards as well as the reflection of the glass)

#   I have broken many of these into smaller pieces for use over several years and never had a single issue. They are nickel plated to protect the surface but I've never worried to paint over the broken edges where the raw magnetic material is exposed. In more humid climates that is probably a good protection for any exposed magnetic material.

What is a potential issue is working on the magnets. The material is reactive and should not be drilled, sawed or cut using a rotating disk wheel. This may expose the operator to serious hazards. If in any doubt research the safety data info supplied by reputable suppliers of these magnets. 



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Hi Colin

I thought fixing the backboards to the feature wall with magnets was extremely elegant.

Now I see you have devised an equally ingenious method of sourcing the magnets :thumbs. I thought for a moment that the alternative use as coasters might have the side benefit of preventing "wine glass side swipe" - but I guess that would be expecting too much :lol:

With winter approaching in Melbourne it should not be too long before we see some track laid on Upper Hembury?

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