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Old 25-04-2018, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default Benchwork top

Many thanks for all of the suggestions about a steam shunter. I am leaning toward the J50.

I have a questions about the benchwork top. Yesterday I was in the shop where I will be purchasing the track( Peco ) switches etc. and the gentleman helping with my layout suggested using this product https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kingspan-In...tion/999972968 glued directly to my l girder frame.

My layout will be permanent. I had always thought of using 3/4 inch plywood.

I guess an alternative would be using a thinner piece of plywood and a 1 inch piece of foam board.

Incidentally this shop builds custom layouts for people, and has a 2 year backlog.

Any thoughts would be helpful.

Also I will be coming to Yorkshire in 10 days for a 2 1/ 2 week holiday. Looking forward to buying the rolling stock and other items.

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Old 25-04-2018, 04:13 PM   #2
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Just use 3/4 ply. Just my view.
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Old 25-04-2018, 04:31 PM   #3
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12mm ply will do and its a bit lighter to move about.....
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The foam board will not hold nails nor screws and is easily dented......not really a suitable material to lay a model railway on......any wiring going through it will react chemically if not protected and makes fitting of switch motors very difficult..........HB
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I just use 5mm ply, works for me.
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Just use 3/4 ply. Just my view.
Sorry meant 1/2 inch.
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Insulation board has been used successfully by a lot of people in recent years.

You may find that you need to glue thin plywood all around the perimeter to add strength. Point motors can be surface mounted but need some plywood, MDF or chipboard inlaying to allow screws to be used. Same for under board point motors but these may need to be inlaid more to allow the operating pin to reach the points.

My own opinion is that it's easier to use ply but if weight is a concern then insulation board could be the answer. I have not heard of it being used with L girders.

There was a long thread on Rmweb a while ago about light weight baseboards.
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Old 25-04-2018, 06:24 PM   #8
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I've successfully used 9mm ply. Ply is known as a suitable baseboard material so I would stick with this.
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Can y buy 1/2 inch, must be old stock. John
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Itís me thatís old stock John. 9mm is the one.
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