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Old 13-03-2018, 10:15 AM   #101
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a lot of the mdf warping is associated with temperature swings. Here, for example, its minus 15, at certain times in winter, to well over 100 degrees in height of summer. Taint only MDF, My physio, tells me that minus 5 last week to 12 today, is not helping my Rotator cuff problems. As an aside, ply must also be lighter. john
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Old 13-03-2018, 10:19 AM   #102
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MDF is used on all types of furniture such as wardrobes and kitchen cabinet doors and they they donít warp. To be fair all wood products will warp if untreated and not fixed or stored properly.
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Old 13-03-2018, 10:38 AM   #103
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True, When you buy a sheet in B&Q, try laying it on the floor, tis often warped prior to sale. Again, its personal taste, bit like weetabix. I just feel ply is more suitable. Whatever floats your boat. john
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Ply is as BB said perfect for track pins.
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Old 18-03-2018, 11:50 AM   #105
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Little update, yesterday I spent the afternoon installing 5" x 1" boards to create the ceiling. One half of the room done along with fitting of foil insulation along the centre. The foil is temporary as when the other side of the ceiling is boarded, I will enclose the centre with timber also but will be fitted last as they will be screwed to the ceiling boards.
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Old 14-06-2018, 07:13 AM   #106
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The workshop/train room is finally at the stage where nothing else can be done and 3 months on, and after landscaping some of the garden, I'm at the stage of actually thinking about starting the new layout.

Attention now turns to the board construction and I have now decided to turn the whole design round so that the 15ft section is facing out into workshop rather than face the wall. The left side 5ft section is likely to have a Helix so that 2 tracks can run at high level with a gradual downward incline toward the right section. A small fiddle yard will be sited on the right side 4ft x 5ft section.

Essentially, the scenic section will be 15ft x 3ft and both ends will have hills and tunnels so as to conceal the areas that go off to the non-scenic areas.

Boards will be made up in 3 sections as shown -

Orange = board 1
Purple = board 2
Green = board 3

I figure by doing it this way, if I come to sell the layout, it will be easier to transport.

Oh, and I'm going N gauge again but this time, BR steam era.
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Old 14-06-2018, 08:36 AM   #107
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That looks a fine start and it will be an interesting layout. It is nice and large for an N gauge.

It is good to see the progress of the ceiling going up. You have also accomplished some landscaping .
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Old 14-06-2018, 09:03 AM   #108
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That's a huge space for N gauge, plenty of room for some interesing scenic sections. Look forward to seeing your progress
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Mijj the landscaping is real size (garden, pathway, greenhouse etc)...

Also built a pen for the new Geese, increased the size of the duck house and cleared out the pond of old weeds, rushes etc. Got a new 13ft x 8ft shed coming in mid July to house the ride on mower, cement mixer and general garden tool storage.

So now I have time for the model railway
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Old 15-06-2018, 09:01 AM   #110
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Oh, and I'm going N gauge again but this time, BR steam era.
Holy fudging moly!

That's going to be a huge layout! I wish thee luck sir! ^_^
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