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Old 02-08-2018, 08:57 PM   #381
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This evening I've been on a hole drilling spree to remove wood and replace the wood with special air. This is special lightweight air and it works well.
Its a little on the dark side to take photographs this evening.
I'm also removing some material to add the scenic touch later. Photographs will follow soon...
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Old 03-08-2018, 01:49 PM   #382
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I think I'm getting close to where I want it regarding holes. As promised, here are a few pictures. Just an amendment. The position of some of the holes which are not inline are due to hinges and other items being in close proximity. I have been careful in where the holes are so I do not compromize the strength.
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Old 03-08-2018, 11:17 PM   #383
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I have also done some additional work. I have altered the wing leg on the piggy back board (Its not exactly a piggy back board but it relies on the main board for support) and reduced it to form a wing support rather then a wing leg. This prevents peoples feet (And my feet) from catching it. For some reason those wing legs seem vulnerable to this. It also slightly reduces the weight of the board, though its not by much. It all helps in the end.
The other thing that I've been doing is making a start on the short bridge track sections. As yet I've only cut short the one side ready to accept them, though I've not made them yet. Its a start. I have also made a start on cutting halfway through the rails to simulate rail joints, as it is exceptionally rare to find continuous welded rails on narrow gauge railways. Hopefully this will result in a clickedy clack noise as trains pass the gaps. I have only done a few as yet though.
[The first picture shows the wing leg as it was before I altered it. It is an old picture just to show the idea. (The wingleg is not in its fully extended position in this photograph).]
At least there has been some progress which I am happy about.
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Old 04-08-2018, 11:14 AM   #384
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You have done a lot of work there MG. As this is a portable set-up have you any sums showing the weight loss of your holes? It looks quite a lot by the pictures . Well done.
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Old 04-08-2018, 08:07 PM   #385
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In have no idea what the actual weight loss is as I have not weighed it. My concern about the weight started when I realised that the scenery is going to add quite some extra weight, and the boards were not exactly that light in the first place.
If I was to start again I have mixed feelings about the two ft width. If it was about 18 inches wide it would tuck under my arm better to carry it. However I need two foot for the curved track at either end, and the extra width also gives the legs stability...
I was thinking of making more holes in the top of the baseboards to add to the scenic touch though at the moment I'm being careful, as I need to work out where buildings etc are going to end up.
. Once I have figured out a plan, I am likely to make a few more holes to compensate for any extra scenic weight gain.. I need to ensure that I retain the strength and rigidity of the layout.
I'm glad I have not been in a hurry to build this layout as I can imagine the major mistakes I could have made without spending time thinking things through! It has certainly been quite a learning curve to get this far and even if the layout isn't a success, what I am learning from it gives me experience by the bucketload. Something we sometimes forget in our eagerness to run our trains!

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Old 16-08-2018, 09:03 PM   #386
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I call it my lathe as most of the time I have set it up as a lathe. It is upgradeable and many spares and accessories are also sold in the Unimat range.
[Please note. I'm not connected in any way to Unimat other then being a customer.]

https://youtu.be/lA-pvZiA5vg

For those of you who enjoy tinkering and making things, I thought I'd mention it as it is something useful.
The good thing is that it is an ideal size for us modellers to use, it is versatile and is reasonably priced as small lathes go.
It can work soft metals, wood, plastics etc. For harder metals they have a Metaline multitool with a more powerful motor and hardier parts etc.
The good thing is that the way the parts on each set are compatible with each other and while the Unimat1 Classic is about their mid range and most popular choice, they also do a more basic form of Unimat1 which is known as the Unimat Basic. Even this can be upgraded with a kit of extra parts to make it into a Classic.
The Unimat range may not be for professional lathe users as they would find it a bit gimmicky, but for us railway modellers, who are unlikely to use a lathe for heavier duty use, it is ideal.

{A little footnote to those who have watched YouTube videos. For some reason I watched one persons short film on YouTube and he says it has a plastic chuck. Mine is definitely metal and my Unimat1 classic is about 5 or 6 years old, so it isn't that old. Were the plastic chucks on the USA versions?}
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Old 24-08-2018, 04:43 PM   #387
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Back to the layout. While I have access to my brothers drillbits I went a bit crazy though I do have a method behind this. I just got in with help from my mum who was sweeping (I had to make a quick adjustment to my car while I had the tools out) and now it is pouring with rain.

I have drilled more holes in the frame. I do have two areas I will need to patch up as a little too much was removed behind the holes. I've also drilled holes into the top of the boards where the platforms will go and where the higher scenic items will go like embankments etc. Here are some photos. Enjoy!
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Old 25-08-2018, 07:32 AM   #388
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Nice work. Now it looks like a big piece of swiss cheese...
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Old 25-08-2018, 08:03 AM   #389
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I had a Unimat 4 in 2005 and it had a metal chuck. It was a good modelling lathe but I very soon grew out of it and there are now so many good hobby lathes with full size functionality and capabilities that I couldn't resist one.
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Old 25-08-2018, 08:31 AM   #390
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Anyway, a wonderful layout in sight. I follow your work with a great interest. Keep us posted !
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