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Old 12-07-2017, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Marking out baseboards

Hallo, I would be grateful for any advice members can give me on marking out baseboards? The track plan is finalised (so far) and stored on computer to a scale of 1:10. It would not be practical to print the plan out full size (countless sheets of A4 paper to line up and paste together). One idea I have is to add to the plan a 10mm grid (as per attached diagram) and mark out the actual baseboard material with a 10cm one, then plot from one to the other. This method would lend itself to both the line of the track and the baseboard edges. Perhaps a finer grid would be better?

Has anyone an idea of or gained experience with such a task?

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Old 12-07-2017, 07:07 PM   #2
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All my layout track curves are ready brought so a 4th radius joined makes its own space add a 3rd radius inside for twin tracks the only flexi track is the long straight bits if your plan is to scale trying to work it with Flexi track could be a real pain....
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Old 12-07-2017, 07:43 PM   #3
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I have always favoured moving real bits of track around on a board to see what evolves. But in your case I think I would start by separating the levels into individual 'projects' and work on one at a time.
Perhaps work out specific datum points on each level e.g. a particular turnout or track configuration and mark those on the full size board. Maybe download Peco track templates (I presume you are using their track) and stick those in place on the board to get the main elements in place, then join them up with flexitrack - trust me, it's not a pain to use and gives a much better 'flow' to the curves.
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Buy some track and start laying it. You'll probably find your plan won't work exactly as you have drawn it. Once you get some track on the board you may well find you can improve you initial thoughts.

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Old 12-07-2017, 08:55 PM   #5
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Many thanks for your advice, gentlemen. With the layout being on three levels, with gradients in between, I had intended to build the entire layout boards only, to get the fit, then dismantle and assemble again, starting on the lowest level, laying the track as I go. So the boards would be the first part to be made. And in some places there are concentric curved ramps that I had hoped to cut from one piece (or a set of pieces). Any thoughts on that, please?
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Arthur - I've never built anything as complex as that (severe lack of skill) but the theory is sound and at the end of the day, only you know if your skills are up to the job.
It sounds right to do all the woodwork first and layer by layer, but what if you find that something needs to be altered once you start laying track? Would it be a showstopper?
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Steve is so right. My layout is all on one level. I had ideas that couldn't be done once I started laying track and things I didn't think would fit, did fit.
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The SCARM website explains how to take print out 1:1. Stick the individual A4 sheets onto plain wallpaper (lining paper) using wall paper paste and a decorator's wall paper paste table.
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What a lot of work and paper and after all that you still can't even roll a wagon along the track.
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RSR engineer.........assuming you have used a CAD package to create your design it would help if you find the centre point of each curve in turn and mark the corresponding position on your layout scaling up the dimension.......then with the radius noted plot the curve onto your baseboard with a marker on a length of timber to match the radius with a pin at the other end set in the centre point.........it should still work on the elevated sections if the shaped base bits are laid flat on the baseboard for marking up prior to bridging into position.......HB
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