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The Blue Ridge Stemwinder - In On30
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 Posted: Sun Sep 8th, 2019 10:56 pm
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Doctor G

Joined: Mon Sep 1st, 2008
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee USA
Posts: 299
I am going to be traveling for the next couple of weeks on a late summer vacation,
so I thought I better wrap up the construction of the base of the shelf layout for the Blue Ridge Stemwinder.
Time also to give you guys a break for a while from studying Blue Styrofoam.

When I was an HO modeler I learned the joys of L girder construction in making a strong support for my model RR empire.
I found in my experimentation on the On30 mini layouts,
that the L girder construction using aluminum L girders could give the foam boards tremendous strength also.

What I do is attach them along the edges of the blue foam board using Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive for Projects.
This is a strong adhesive that is compatible with Styrofoam.

I temporarily screw the channels in place, but have found that once the glue dries,
the screws can be removed and a strong bond has been achieved.

This layout design element ( LDE) that I am calling Linville Depot is 11 feet and a half inch long.

Once all the channel is in place the entire LDE can be picked up and turned up on its side easily,
to allow access to the undersurface for wiring etc.
It is then placed back on the wire shelving and snuggles right into place.

Now I have an expanse flat blue terrain to begin some modeling on.

One of the things I've always wanted to do was to blow up a neat track plan to full scale,
and use it to establish track lines and changes in topography.

On this project I thought I would give a local printer the chance to blow up Iain Rice’s track plan for the Linville LDE.
The image is quite pixelated but I can readily see where the track lines are supposed to go.

I also found that Iain’s track plan is 1 foot and a half inch shorter than the width of my Railroad room.
You can see where I split the plan to allow for a longer mainline run.

So now the passenger cars have a place to show up at Linville Depot.

I'll be back at it in two or three weeks and hope to show some more progress.

Thanks for looking.

Doc Tom

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 Posted: Mon Sep 9th, 2019 01:02 am
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W C Greene

Joined: Fri May 4th, 2007
Location: Royse City, Texas USA
Posts: 8145
Howdy Doc, have a great time and get back to work soon.
Are you going to see any trains?


It doesn't matter if you win or lose, its' how you rig the game.
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 Posted: Tue Sep 10th, 2019 04:58 pm
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Lee B

Joined: Tue Dec 9th, 2014
Location: The Pacific NW, By Way Of The Deep South, USA
Posts: 1024
Overlaying the track plan in 1:1 scale for the layout is brilliant.

There's no way to second-guess the use of the plan that way, for sure!

I'm really looking forward to your progress.

Us On30 ET&WNC guys gotta stick together (considering how few of us there are)!

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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 12:35 am
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Doctor G

Joined: Mon Sep 1st, 2008
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee USA
Posts: 299
Thanks Lee and Woodie for the kind comments.

I had hoped that I was not boring everyone,
with a weighty discussion about re-purposing blue insulation foam.

I have never been able come up with my own original track plan,
in all my years of model railroading.
I've always used printed and publicized track plans.

Getting the plan to fit my layout was always tricky,
and I ended up with too tight curves and tight turnouts. 

So on this project I wanted to get the track planned right,
and in particular, with wide enough curves to handle passenger cars.

I had read about people using blown up track plans to 1:1,
and thought to give it a try.
I will use a point to push through the plan into the blue foam,
connect the dots and draw out the track line with a Sharpie.
I had toyed with the idea of gluing roadbed and track directly to the track plan,
but decided against this.

I will also trace out topography from the plans,
and get to work with the hotwire to cut the curves and angles of the topography.

Lee I am following your lead in this foray into On30 Tweetsie modeling,
and cannot wait to get to your level of modelling of our favorite railroad.


Doc Tom

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