Baseboard size for N gauge double oval

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Baseboard size for N gauge double oval

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Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:58 pm

Just starting my planning. My original idea was a 4x2 baseboard for a simple N gauge oval. But I think I’d want a double oval with some sidings in the centre.

I’ve read that ideally you’d want the radius of the curves to be 11” to look right. So that suggests I need to use either 2nd & 3rd radius curves or 3rd & 4th radius. The latter needs a base at least 27” width. In which case I need a slightly larger baseboard than 4x2.

Am I right in thinking the larger radius would work and look better?

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Post by brian1951 » Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:01 pm

If you can use 3rd or 4th Radius, makes for better running of longer locos or rolling stock.

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Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:04 pm

brian1951 wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 10:01 pm
If you can use 3rd or 4th Radius, makes for better running of longer locos or rolling stock.
Thanks. A slightly larger board it is then.

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Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:40 am

Next question....

If I go to a 30"x60" board that ought to be just about big enough to fit a double loop of 3rd & 4th radius. I don't have anywhere I can leave a layout permanently so it needs to be portable. Ply is quite heavy. When I built model aircraft I got into using a lot of foam and was surprised how rigid it can be.

I use celotex insulation panels in my beehives. It is a dense foam, very rigid, comes in various thicknesses, is fire resistant, can be scuplted/shaped/carved/sanded and would weigh far less than a ply board. It is easy to drill the holes for wiring. I would need to glue the track down rather than pin it. It also has good sound deadening properties.

Has anyone tried using it as a baseboard?

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