Friday, December 24, 2010
Rest in peace, my dear friend.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I'm getting ready to cove a corner in the expansion area and decided to use a curving method that I had used previously on some fascia board they worked very well. Here are the steps (refer to the picture below):
1.) Clamp boards on the edges using C-clamps evenly spaced (spring clamps will NOT work for this).
2.) Tie a rope to one of the end C-clamps and thread it through the other clamps going back and forth from side to side.
3.) Push on the face of the hardboard to start the curve and then tie off the other end of the rope.
4.) Wet the back (unfinished side) of the hardboard - I used a pump up sprayer because of the size of the panel. You just need to wet the back - don't soak it.
5.) Wait for awhile (I never looked at the clock) for the hardboard to "relax" a little.
6.) After waiting push down on the long edge "just enough" (I don't know what that is, but I do know what "too much" is!) and tighten up the rope. Take your time so you don't break it!
7.) Repeat steps 4 - 6 as many times as necessary to get the curve that you want. NOTE: the board will relax quite a bit back to its original shape when the rope is released so you will need to curve more than the final curve. If you're looking for a 90 degree curve you will need to curve is 110 degrees or more.
8.) After the back of the hardboard is COMPLETELY dry seal it with a good grade sealer. NOTE: latex paint is not a sealer.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Another productive night on the San Pablo, Sonora, & Fresno! Rick, Steve, Ken, and Bob showed up, and I got to show off the progress I've made on setting the route for the narrow gauge main line on the upper level. Then we cleaned off the table that Donna and I had filled with eBay and train show stuff so we'd have a place to work. Our first project turned out to be making 4 plywood bases for gingerbread houses for Donna to have her girls' reading class decorate. She was happy with Bob's work, and the rest of us unloaded the plywood from the pickup truck and brought it down to the basement. Then we discussed the parameters of going up one more level on the helix. Bob and Steve stuck a 2X2 across the helix opening, and Bob used his beam compass to generate a center for a 42" radius curve, and we made sure the outer edge of the proposed curve fit within the constraints of the existing structure. Bob and I figured out the needed inner and outer radii. Then we brought one of the plywood sheets in to the table, and we traced the inner and outer radii of the helix curve onto the plywood surface. Bob was trying to minimize waste, so the first curve started at the corner of the sheet, but I wanted a full semi-circle, so we relocated the center to the middle of the bottom edge, and we drew the complete arc. Ken the Wise suggested we draw a series of short arcs of the correct radii on the portion of the sheet inside the full semi-circle, so Bob got to show off his geometry expertise by located a series of different centers along an entirely separate arc, and we got half a dozen partial circles in the available area - enough to make an entire semi-circle, probably. Then we brought in the other full sheet, and drew a single semi-circle on it. I'll cut out the figures tomorrow in the daylight outside.
We had gone to Costco earlier today, and they had strawberry cheesecake cakes on sale, so that - plus strawberries and grapes - was what we had for snacks. The cake went pretty early...
Rick and Ken left a little early, so Bob, Steve, and I looked some more at the splines I've completed on the narrow gauge, since Steve is considering using splines on his upcoming layout. The 3 of us actually installed a spline along the wall so Steve could see how it's done. As I was finishing installing the clamps, Bob and Steve decided to measure how long the narrow gauge main line actually is. And they came up with 100' 2", or 1.65 scale miles. We discussed where the operating features would be located, and operating schemes to be used. Lots of fun! I always enjoy these work nights, because so much of what we need to get done is much more difficult when we work alone. Some of it is impossible alone, but is fun and goes quickly with a group of like-minded model railroaders each sharing their expertise and experience and point of view.
And next week we get to move Ken's layout to his new palace!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Keith was having a blast going around checking out the progress and running tools & supplies to the guys. Collin and Ken await instructions.
Bob fitted foam while Collin (out of the picture) did the cutting. Bob would call out the numbers and Collin would cut. It was a good system and they moved along quickly.
After yours truely (Rick) painted the top of the Chicago downtown area Keith painted the back part. This was because I wouldn't fit in that spot!
After I painted the Chicago downtown area I spent the balance of the evening applying plaster cloth on the sculpted foam areas. I almost made it to the bridge (where Bob & Collin were working) and then needed to leave. I turned over my plaster duties to Colling to complete.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Steve Berkheimer's Heart of Georgia (HOG).
Thursday, November 25, 2010
We then moved upstairs to work on the Ramore Sub. Ken had a good idea to raise the fascia lenght. Add rock castings flush with the fascia. We did this and it looks good. We also discussed several rock formation ideas as trains enter Englehart yard. The dark area you see here is the return loop for continuous operation which I want to camouflage as a tree line not a tunnel as the ONR does not have any tunnels.
of the continuous loop lead that goes under Swastika Junction.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Close-up of one assembly.
Here are the specs:
- Lowe's part # 251179
- Price $0.38 each
- 3/4" Fiting PVC PMSTR ADA
- Apollo 69BV)$)^PZ Cpvc Pipe Inlet/Outlet Pipe Adapter.
Since the inside has a full bore opening I made washers from styrene, bored a hole for the SPDT switche and glued the washer inside the Adapter.
Mark was glad to get back into the groove while his move is under way. Here he is laying the base foam for Swastika station and the Blanche River.
David and Paul laying foam at Boston Creek.
Keith & Collin wiring-up the Tortoise machines and SPTD switches.
Watch those fingers Paul!
Keith teaching Collin soldering skills. Mark is watching the video that Steve brought on the Florida Juice Train.
Steve's guest Randy triming one of my hand made pine trees. The tops don't quite look right so Randy found a way to improve them.
Thanks to you all. I will have some new things to show at my Pilgrimage open house.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Boo! Sorry Ken, I surprised you with the camera!
Ken is laying filler pieces in Swastika Junction between the main line (left) and passing track (right) for future ballasting.
Note Rick's great scenery work on both sides of the tracks using his Turbo 5000 static grass machine. Rick used a combination of 2mm, 4mm and 6mm static grass colors and afterwards various colors and types of scenery clumps.
Steve found his preferred spot in Englehart yard laying turnouts. Four more turnouts to go and all the hand laying of track is done.
Here is the result of Steve's work.
Note the new fascia which will be painted dark brown.