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 Posted: Sat Jul 23rd, 2016 08:58 pm
   
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Herb Kephart wrote: Doc
I think that is the neatest Heisler that I ever saw---fitting loco for what looks like it belongs on a neat layout abuilding---

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Thanks Herb. Bachmann did a very nice job modeling this turn of the 20th century locomotive. I was amazed what a "dead ringer" it was when I found the nice builder's photo of A.W. Stevens Lumber #1.

Doc Tom:mex: :mex::mex::mex::mex:(well its kinda like your dog)

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Looks like we have a love connection, nice prototype match up!

I like your bench work and how you are planning, straight away one to one track planning.

When you take this to meets, do I understand that you are going to use the bench that you are building it on?

Keep up the work! And keep showing us!



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Steven B wrote: Looks like we have a love connection, nice prototype match up!

I like your bench work and how you are planning, straight away one to one track planning.

When you take this to meets, do I understand that you are going to use the bench that you are building it on?

Keep up the work! And keep showing us!"

Yes, all components are very light weight and can be taken to meets. The cabinet will house all the electrical goodies and is light weight industrial plastic.

Doc Tom

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Well done Doc - an interesting method of baseboard construction.

Have you any idea of the approximate weight of the board : ally angle + ally square box + styrofoam topping before any further scenic additions ?

Regards,         Michael

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Salada wrote: Well done Doc - an interesting method of baseboard construction.

Have you any idea of the approximate weight of the board : ally angle + ally square box + styrofoam topping before any further scenic additions ?

Regards,         Michael

Right now about 5 pounds total. I am going to purchase further foam panels today to build up the scenery 10 more inches. I would like to weigh it all when built up.

Thanks for your interest.   Doc Tom:cool:

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A BLUE LAYER CAKE FOR KITTOM LUMBER

I finished cutting up the blue foam panels for the mini layout. From a 4'X8" sheet I cut 14.5" X48" panels and "dry stacked" them.



I cut the panels to leave a 1" slot in the center.



This is where the scenic divider will be placed. And, of course, it too will be made of blue foam board.





I laid the top layer on so you can get a sense of proportion.This layer will have a 1" slot down the middle as well to accommodate the scenery divider.



The top of the layout is 50" from the floor. The whole layout without the cabinet/pedestal weighs about 10 pounds and is easily lifted with one hand. So far NO WOOD used in the construction.

Hopefully the electric wire foam cutter arrives this week and I can begin to rough in terrain contours. I will also sand down the edges of the panels to give the layout a more finished look.

With a layout this small I went overboard to give it some height for dramatic scenery below track level.

The height of the layout ,including the divider, off its removable base, will be 30". It should be easy to get in and out doors.

Thanks for looking.

Doc Tom

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Looks VERY promising!.
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 Posted: Sun Jul 31st, 2016 12:00 am
   
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The Beginning of Topography.

When I was in HO scale, I built my model railroad scenery with cardboard strips, plaster cloth and plaster castings.

I read in the model railroad magazines that Styrofoam insulation board was becoming more popular for use in scenery construction. For one of the mountains, on my previous HO logging outfit, I built up a layered Styrofoam creation as an attempt to "go modern." I was using an ordinary kitchen knife to cut the board and tried to smooth the edges using the surfoam tool.




Do you remember this tool?



This turned out to be quite tedious and I ended up with bits of blue plastic everywhere.

I wanted try something completely different this go round. After cutting the panels to a manageable 14.5" X 30" I was able to take them to the workbench and using "score and snap" remove large sections using a straight edge and box cutter knife.







With this new creation "The Original Kittom Lumber Co." I wanted to use some of the newer techniques for working with foamboard. I found that the hot wire foam cutter from Woodland scenics was a much better way to carve and cut foam board



The hot wire can be adjusted to cut an angle in the foam.



As the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee are somewhat rounded I wanted to use this feature to bevel the edges of the boards and make rounded hill tops. I followed the outlines I had traced out earlier.







I was able to do this in minutes where previous work with the surfoam tool would've taken hours and caused quite a mess.

There definitely have been some improvements in the hobby of model railroading.





Thanks for LKING.
Doc Tom

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 Posted: Sun Jul 31st, 2016 11:41 am
   
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Nice progress!

I first used foam many years ago and cleaning up the mess was a royal pain! I used the rasp and a seated knife. I then got a foam cutter hot knife. It works well, just be sure to use it outside or in ventilation, the gasses are pretty rough. I still seem to fall back on the rasp for "finish work."

I now use a combination of cardboard/plaster and foam. I think for the portability I would do like you and use foam straight up, as if it takes a hit, it won't break and it is light.

I can't wait to get my house fixed up so that I can have my room back and begin the new layout.

Thanks for sharing!



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 Posted: Sun Jul 31st, 2016 12:02 pm
   
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Thank you Steve.

I hope you get a layout up soon so we can all see it!!
These mini layouts are good for that. It doesn't take a lot to get them going because of their small size.

Thank you:thumb: also for the reminder that burning styrofoam releases TOXIC FUMES. When burned Polystyrene (styrofoam is expanded polystyrene) produces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (causes cancer) carbon soot (also can cause cancer) and carbon monoxide which is poisonous.:old dude:

In my excitement to make the post I completely forgot this HEALTH WARNING. :us:

In fact in cutting the foam I took it outside to do the work where there was plenty of ventilation.

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