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 Posted: Mon Dec 31st, 2018 03:40 am
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Michael M
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I just happen to run across this rotating plate that might lend itself as a base for a turntable.





It has a top and bottom plate with steel bearings. 

They also come in a few different sizes.

Any body ever try something like this?




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Well, I went ahead and ordered one of these swivel things.
 
Got the 3 inch size. 

Only cost a few bucks so what the heck.





Actually it's just a tad under 3 inches. 

In 1:35 scale a 3 inch wide bridge would be 9 feet, which sounds about right, and would hide the contraption. 

Thinking the length would be about 15 inches to accommodate 2-6-0 & 4-6-0 engines. 

Once it shows up in the mail I'll have a better idea if it's going to work or not.




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I used one to build a rotating paint stand.

The only problem was it's too free in rotation!
Mine would spin 5+ times with hardly any push.

A little extra friction is nice.
I stuck some foam to the bottom that rubbed on the table top.

Worked well.


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The rotating plate just showed up in the mail.  Quicker than I thought it would. 

This is a tad under 3" square.  It rotates smoothly without any slop, but it is a little tight and does not spin freely. 

Which is fine by me so I don't have to add any kind of retainer to keep it from going crazy. 

Now to cut a hole for the table and figure out some kind of bridge.




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 Posted: Sun Jan 27th, 2019 04:32 pm
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Looks great. Be sure to make the bridge a tad longer than the largest lokie you plan to have.
My 2 tables are too short for turning the 2-4-4-2 so she runs tender first half the time!
Derek's plan for a paint stand reminded me of my using one of those 3 level paint bottle storage things given to me by a buddy.
It was a wiggly thing that I didn't use because it was unbalanced with too many bottles.
One day I "kitbashed" it and used the lazy susan base for a painting turntable and pitched the rest.
(including some old funky paint which he gave me also!)

On the TT bridge, you might consider the old Atlas HO bridge girders,
they are 9" long and can be lengthened with a razor saw and glue.
I have used them before. But then, I love old wooden TT's so that's what I have.

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Woodie,

What length are your current turntables?  And, how long is that 2-4-4-2?

I was thinking of making the bridge about 12-15". 
I want to make sure that future acquisitions will fit the turntable even though the largest engine I have right now is a 2-6-0.




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A 15"'er would be just fine. 12" might work also.
My loco runs as well in reverse as forward, all I did was install a headlight on the tender and a crewman with a bottle in his hand to keep watch.

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Quickly...the 2-4-4-2 is a shade over 11" so a 12" bridge would be fine.
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Working on the turntable.  Figure the table will be about 15" long. 

Re-building the San Miguel yard with handlaid track and switches. 

Just need to figure out on how to get the table level with the lead tracks to the turntable.




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 Posted: Sun Feb 3rd, 2019 11:18 pm
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Ah, that's an idea!

Am looking forward to seeing how your project shapes up.





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