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'The Original' Kittom Lumber Co. - Part-I
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 Posted: Mon Sep 5th, 2016 08:19 pm
   
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Fantastic rock work! Carry on...
BTW, the edits are gone now.

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Excellent rock work, we can certainly stand more.

Woodie



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More work this Labor Day.

An interesting way to hide wires for the track and the other electronic goodies is to carve grooves in to the foam panels. The wires/grooves are then covered with expanding insulation foam from a can and the original surface restored.



On the "Woods"section the wires will then be hidden under a creek bed bottom and drop off into the center cut out of the scenic divider.



Opening up the center scenic divider of the layout you can see where the wiring will disappear down in to the cabinet below.



I installed a plastic conduit tube to carry the wires.



This conduit tube is in the dead center of the layout and acts as a centering pin in to the center of the cabinetry below.



This allows the layout to be removable yet centered on the cabinet below. Disconnect plugs will allow the layout to "undock" from the lower cabinet.

All of this is disguised when the other half of the layout is installed.





I hope this all making sense. Glad to field any questions or comments.

Thomas Grabenstein

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Hi Doc Tom,
Nice job on the cliff carving. :2t:

If this post goes through and as I expect to, then this post should show up in "Recents" in the correct spot. You have have dodged the server crash bullet. and this thread can continue on into the future from here.

Hopefully a "Part 2" thread won't be needed,

Later edit - You are good to go. More PLEASE. This is looking very good indeed :rah::rah:

Last edited on Mon Sep 5th, 2016 10:46 pm by oztrainz



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Woodie, thank for all the help in cleaning up the electronic gremlins.

Doc Tom:bow:

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oztrainz wrote:
Hi Doc Tom,
Nice job on the cliff carving. :2t:

If this post goes through and as I expect to, then this post should show up in "Recents" in the correct spot. You have have dodged the server crash bullet. and this thread can continue on into the future from here.

Hopefully a "Part 2" thread won't be needed,

Later edit - You are good to go. More PLEASE. This is looking very good indeed :rah::rah:



Thanks John for your help and enthusiasm about the layout.Hope to post more soon.:2t:

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It was finally time to start some colors on the big chunk of blue foam that is the mini logging layout.

I started with the base 3 inches done up in black. It does pick up the black in the electrical cabinet and will make a good starting point for the base of the river and creeks.



Next up was to do the cut away edges of the layout. Grays browns and blacks will be a recurrent theme in the wintertime scenery so I thought I would use them here. Black again is the base, gray is a stylistic representation of the limestone and the brown is a representative of the sandstone caps in these parts of the Southern Appalachians.





Thanks for looking. All input, critiques, etc appreciated.


 Tom


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While not as glamorous as painting scenery, electrical wiring for the mini layout continues at a steady pace.

In the center of the layout, terminal strips are installed and will send DCC power wires and accessory wires (lighting, sound effects etc.) to the electrical cabinet below.



The track wiring and leads to the accessories will connect to these terminal strips.

All the wiring will be hidden when the layout is fully assembled.



Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

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 Posted: Mon Sep 12th, 2016 10:23 pm
   
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Hello Doc,

Looking at your terminal strips & conduit photo above, does Styrofoam hold screws OK ?

Regards,           Michael

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Salada wrote: Hello Doc,

Looking at your terminal strips & conduit photo above, does Styrofoam hold screws OK ?

Regards,           Michael
Great question. In building my previous mini layout I found the wonders of Liquid Nails for Projects. http://www.liquidnails.com/products/construction-adhesive-LN704

This adhesive will secure screws in the foam by coating the threads when screwed in. After the adhesive sets up it provides a very strong bond and the screws do secure the intended work.

This adhesive is used exclusively in this project to "screw and glue" the foam panels, to secure the foam to the aluminum structure pieces and to mount the electrical hardware. After allowing adequate time for drying there has been no failures in the components attached.

Liquid Nails for Projects also comes in tubes with a screw top which is perfect for these little rail road projects. Liquid Nails for Projects gets:2t: IMHO.

Doc Tom

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