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 Posted: Mon Oct 1st, 2018 11:08 am
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Kyle Moore
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So I did more playing around with SCARM and I got the Basic Setup. 

Not that the building should vary in size and large large buildings represent clumps of buildings of various sizes.

Those long thin lines are actually a backdrop configuration to somewhat hide that it is a backdrop and do it in an somewhat efficient manner. 

Also the overlap of buildings and backdrop I am not sure how to fix in SCARM,
but just know Kitbashing is afoot and I will cut the buildings to lay flat on the Backdrop. 








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Here is a 3D render of the yard. 

SCARM glitches if I try to get the other side as well, but know that tunnels in hills seperate the 2 backdrops. 


Attachment: 3d Layout Render.png (Downloaded 74 times)



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Ditto on Si's Left-Handed switch.  
Sharp and without a section to straighten trains (at least one full car length) in S curves cause derailments.  

Your second plan looks better.

Spray insulation is great.  
Make sure that you tape of ALL track.  You can't undo that stuff when it gets on the track, don't ask how I know.

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I use a combination of blue or pink styrofoam insulation board with the spray foam. 
It builds up rapidly that way.  
Once dry all of it shapes with a serrated knife and a rasp.  
Then I coat over with inexpensive drywall joint compound with a little bit of paint mixed in (for chipping insurance).

You can use the boards for your dividers too, 
just paint a white primer over them, 
then you can paint whatever you want on them.





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Well this thread was hijacked by my OO plan. 

Now I have a plan for a Small layout, because I am bored and like the idea of making a "Micro Layout" in On30.

This plan Revolves around Porters and Small Diesels and my somewhat liquor induced idea and SCARM. 

It is 4x4 layout and I kind of want to see how unorthodoxly small I can go in On30. 
This plan may look like it has close clearances on track, and it does, but it is a guideline.
The smallest radius I have is 15-14ish. 

I am going to remove that switch on the bottom right and move flex track to a more clear area. 

Small ore or logging cars will make up most of it.


You know what we young guys say, Yolo.







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Kyle Moore wrote: You know what we young guys say, Yolo.

Darn right.  

But technically speaking, you CAN do an even smaller layout with that equipment.


https://www.youtube.comv/=mszWyssAyV4&hl=en&fs=1


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Kyle,

It is a nice plan. Two thoughts, if you stay with 15" more equipment will work on it. For instance the 4-4-0 American will choke right below 15". Mine hangs just slightly going through a 14 7/8" spot. It doesn't stop but you can see it just barely hesitate and if you are really going to use just Porters and small diesels, you can go much smaller. I've just started a 2' by 4' plan for them.


The 0-4-2 Porter will run on 12" easily and with a little tuning on 9". The 0-4-0 Porter and the Davenport will run on 9" and usually even 6".

Most small (18' and under) freight equipment will run on 12" and many will run on 9" or even 6".

I'm setting 9" as my minimum for the micro.

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Hi Kyle  :wave:



I like the idea of a 'square' layout ...

... or even a ROUND pizza style one.  L:



I saved these 2 interesting trackplans a while back, which I found on Google Images.



Although they are for OO9 narrow gauge ...

... with a larger 4' circle/pizza, the trackplans would work in On30, with a bit of juggling !  :shocked:

Of course the ideas could be totally customised as well.  :P









Both plans are making pretty good use of the space.  :cool:

With a 4' circle, small loco & stock On30 is possible for sure.  :)



Thanks to whoever drew the trackplans, they are very nicely done.  :bow:



I used to go to a bar which had a circular pool table.  [toast]

It was in one corner of the bar & had the top on roller-bearings so you could play from any direction.  :shocked:



I like the way a circular/pizza layout has no front or back or sides.

The layout could easily be mounted on one of the bearing-platters available for rotating monitors with.  L:



:java::moose:




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