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Old 13-07-2017, 08:47 AM   #11
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Thank you again for your feedback, gentlemen.

The diagrams were created with Corel Draw and exported as bitmaps. However the centre point of a curve will usually be way off the edge of the board. (The plans for the old layout were drawn on used computer printouts with a trammel made of Meccano. That also didn't get the boards marked up.) Corel also supports printing over many sheets; I like 4VEP's suggestion of pasting these to wallpaper - I hadn't thought of that. But I'm still left with the task of getting all this draughtsmanship onto the wood, so I'll still be grateful for any more ideas on how to do it. (I did try carbon paper on the old layout, and tailors' marking paper - not very successful.)

Setting up the boards only in the first instance should intercept any problems of the sort Steve mentions. The position of the tracks is definitive, so I don't expect any trouble. The track is Peco Streamline, points and flexible.

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Old 13-07-2017, 09:20 AM   #12
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Do you have a local print shop or stationer that could print it full size for you on large sheets of paper? It's something that some have been able to do in the U.K.
Having seen your photos on the other thread this layout should come along nicely.
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Old 13-07-2017, 09:43 AM   #13
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I laided my track with the layout scribbled on a A4 piece of paper, the layout its self is 1/2"ply, then i purchased sets of curves 2,3 4th radius, left and right hand points all types straight track all lengths in what ever packs they come in use these to layout the track felt tip pen along each side....Trackshack are about the cheapest and free next day delivery on orders over 100, this is easy to do with pre-planning......
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Old 13-07-2017, 09:57 AM   #14
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Note: Trackshack only offer free U.K. delivery and do not ship overseas. Artur is in Germany.
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Hmmm, never noticed the location Steve......
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Old 13-07-2017, 10:25 AM   #16
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There's an easy way - Tshirt thermal transfer paper. You can get it off ebay.

I would recreate the track plan in SCARM. This has a facility for running trains so you can test your ideas out before committing yourself to any physical track plan.
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Again, gentlemen, my apologies for being so slow to get back to you. Thank you once more for your feedback and advice. I've put the actual layout planning on ice till I've got the heating done. That will certainly take me into the autumn.
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Old 13-08-2017, 10:20 AM   #18
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I used Anyrail 5 to design the layout my friend Yuzee wanted. It has the ability to print 1:1 scale, so you could print the plan, glue it the baseboard and lay track over it.
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I started off using a CAD package, but in the end I found that purchasing a small amount of track and laying it, this seems to sort out most of the bugs, and allows for a rethink.
Then I mark around the track, to remember its position. Then go onto the next section and repeat using the track again.

Obviously one must start with a master plan, even if it goes down hill as space runs out.

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Just lay real track on a real board and see how it goes. Redesign as you go along. Some things you thought would work don't and some you never thought of just happen. While you are faffing about on a computer you could be running trains.
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